Today we’d like to introduce you to Darbie Wieczorek.
Darbie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I knew at an early age that hair was my passion. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attended beauty school in high school and graduate high school with a diploma and a cosmetology license. I then later furthered my education at Vidal Sassoon Academy, which landed me in Los Angeles as my home base. I spent my beginning years as salon assistant, which I feel like helped shape me into the stylist I am today. I spent many hours learning from top mentors. I put in lots of my own time and I always said YES to every job that came my way. No was never an option as I was trying to build a name for myself. I, thankfully, also have such a supportive group of friends that always allowed me to play with their hair as they sat as my models for haircuts, styles, and hair color.
After several years of hard work and dedication, this all lead me to where I am today, I now work on numerous television, commercial & movie sets as well as closely with personal clientele.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Haha, absolutely NOT. I was not happy my first two years in LA it didn’t feel like home and I just wanted to move back to the East Coast. I was working many hours with very little pay a week and not knowing what my end goal was. Since I had the mindset I was going to move back home I quit my job, but I wanted to enjoy CA before I left since I felt it has so much offer and I had yet to see. In this period of so-called “down time,” I gave myself I didn’t realize I was starting to create a future for myself. I started taking clients that were friends, replied to jobs posted on social media, and from then on out just plain old networking. I now think back and laugh imagine if I left where would I be and what would I be doing. I am very spiritual and believe in manifesting, setting goals, and hard work pays off. If something doesn’t work out doesn’t mean you failed, it means it happened for a reason and another door will open…
Darbie Wieczorek – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a Los Angeles based freelance Hairstylist / Local 706 Make-up Artist and Hairstylist Guild member. I work on several different television/film sets, photo shoots, and closely with personal clientele.
I am very proud say I am 2x Emmy nominated hairstylist for NBC’s “The Voice” and work under such a talented hair team lead by Jerilynn Stephens. Another, very proud moment for myself was when I had the opportunity to go on my first world tour, that was something from day one I have always dreamt of doing.
I believe what sets me apart from others I still take color and cut clients, work on set, and work with personal clients. I love the flexibility of being able to do everything. It all keeps all my creative juices flowing 🙂 .
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I believe success is having a job that you truly love and makes you happy. Each new year I create a vision board along with a list goals that I want to accomplish over time. Watching my self grow and checking things off my list at the end of each year brings me so much joy. I know after putting in all the hard work achieving that one goal is such an awesome feeling and I am ready for more. If we didn’t have the period of growth, there would be nothing exciting to work towards in the future.
- Website: www.darbiewieczorek.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @HairByDarbie