Today we’d like to introduce you to Eymy Rendon.
Eymy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story begins mainly with my mom coming into this country pregnant with myself & my twin sister. Growing up, we definitely had our struggles. I grew up with a stepdad in my life which was my only father figure. He was in my life from the age of 6-13, during those times certain things happened which led up to my mom leaving him. It was good, throughout my high school years, there were many things I dealt with alone & could not find a healthy way to manage everything. My grades started slipping & I was in a deep state of depression. After high school, I found fitness & it changed my life. I didn’t grow up with sports as an outlet, nor did I do any during my school years. Now I’m doing freestyle calisthenics which I found during a FitExpo in Los Angeles. I am training to compete in future competitions since it is a growing sport; there aren’t many yet & athletes hardly get paid or sponsors, so I want to help this sport grow & inspire more women to compete since it is a male-dominated sport.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. The biggest struggle I’ve dealt with was healing from trauma & depression. Growing up, I was inappropriate touched by my “father figure.” I didn’t really understand at the time what was happening & it wasn’t until high school when he was out of my life that I understood what happened. During my sophomore year in high school, I was ditching school & abusing substances (alcohol) to cope with what had happened. I was deep into depression & some time during the end of my sophomore year, I wanted to end it all. I was tired, I was sad, I felt disgusting, I had no one to talk to. One day I did attempt to take a handful of pills & just stop the pain & forget everything. In those moments my sister crossed my mind, I felt helpless. My mom took me to a therapist & I took therapy twice a week for about three months. In time I was able to stop therapy & somewhat cope with everything. I never told anyone the truth, not until my senior year. During my senior year, I was transferred to a continuation school. I had to make up two years of credits in just ONE. It was the hardest thing I had to do, but I told myself that I did this to myself & I had to fix it. Safe to say I did graduate on time. I was finally proud of myself, but I still had to battle my depression. I knew the only way was to open up & tell my mom what actually happened.
Finally, the summer of my graduation, I told her & it was the scariest thing if I felt such a relief. After high school, I didn’t really want to go back to school, but I knew I had to do something. I enrolled into beauty school shortly after graduating. There I finished my course & started working at a salon. During that time, I was more into men’s haircuts, so I decided to go back for barbering school. That was definitely an experience, being that it is mainly male-dominated. However, my fellow classmates were super nice, it was the customers that didn’t trust a women with their hair. So that in itself was a challenge to. Having to prove yourself around all the guys. So that kind of translates into freestyle calisthenics, in a sense because it is mainly male-dominated.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in barbering & male grooming. I do however do women’s hair but I honestly prefer barbering. Apart from having great clipper skills, I’d say my customer service is up there. It’s an experience in itself. I love making people feel & LOOK good. I’m proud of my people skills & I think what sets me apart is the overall experience I give my clients. I make them feel good & look even BETTER.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I actually have two proud moments. Both of which were competitions. One was a barbering competition back in 2018, it was my first one & I took home 2nd place. My other competition was outside of my career, as a freestyle calisthenics athlete. That one was most recent, last year 2019. I didn’t make it last the first round but I gained a lot of experience & I was proud that I actually went through with it because I’ve never done any competitive sport, so it was more out of my comfort zone.
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