Today we’d like to introduce you to Kris De Guzman. She decided to take a U-turn when she was well into her insurance career – a decision that was difficult to make but paid off big time. She’s a rising star within the LA community and we are so excited to share excerpts of our interview with her below.
Kris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Hi Readers! My name is Kris DeGuzman and I’m a hair and makeup artist in the great city of Los Angeles. I recently got an email from this fabulous magazine asking me if I would be interested in writing a short bio and obviously I said yes! So here’s a little something about myself. As far back as I can remember I loved hair and makeup. Many a days were spent experimenting with my Sweet Roses Makeup Barbie, hello bangs. While hair and makeup have always been my passion, like most people, that was not the path I first started on. Believe it or not I actually spent almost 10 years in Land Title Insurance. I know! Crazy right? Fortunately and unfortunately the insurance bubble burst in 2009. After that I decided to follow my passion and attend Paul Mitchell in 2011, graduating and getting my license in 2012.
I currently work at Dry Bar Santa Monica but I have a booming styling business. My work can be seen anywhere from fashion shows, music videos, photo shoots and weddings. I love all avenues this business allows me to take. This industry is so special in that it allows you to directly affect someone’s everyday life, ranging from the beautiful model to the business woman and even the housewife. What a better way to make a living than to make someone feel beautiful.
On a more personal level, I have been married to a wonderful supporting man for 17 years and am the lucky mother of three boys. Recently I’ve been blessed with a new granddaughter. Do not go calling me grandma though, I am and forever forth shall be known as “G”. I love spending quality time with my family. One of our favorite family events is paint balling. That’s right, I may love beauty but I’ll get down and dirty for a good time any day of the week. I love to travel and recently came back from a 2 week vacation to the Philippines! It was amazing spending time with family and seeing nature’s beauty.
Has it been a smooth road?
Life will always throw you a curve ball here and there. Being a mom of 3 boys is not easy. Right around when the “bubble was busting” and title insurance as an industry was unstable, the feeling of not having control, being laid off from title company to another. I believe I came to a fork in the road in my life. Getting employed in title is easy and so is getting laid off. Feast or famine. At this point my husband and I had to decide and make some choices. Go back to title or do something else. I didn’t really want to go back to conventional college (I was already in my mid 30’s at this time) and didn’t want to invest in someone I wasn’t fond of actually doing as a next career. I had already been styling for family and friends for special occasions in the past. So we looked into cosmetology school.
What are your plans for the future?
I see myself continuing to develop my skills, cultivate clients and grow as a stylist. I this industry, there’s so many things to look forward to. To new technologies, new products and new techniques. I love to learn new things. I feel that knowledge shouldn’t stop. It keeps us from being complacent. I’m always excited to meet new people and learn about them.
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
A month in hair school I get laid off… During this time my youngest son began his first two year in school (kinder). I practically miss his first 3 years in school so I can finish hair school. All the while trying to make ends meet. We (my husband and I) made this decision in the hopes of a better future.
Financially it’s not easy running a household with one paycheck and an unemployment check. There must be some creative balancing that must be done. Looking back now, I don’t know how we survived such a trying time. All I know is that WE COULD NOT HAVE MADE IT THROUGH WITHOUT MY HUSBAND. He has been and IS such a rock to this family. He’s amazing!
- Tel: (818) 272 3242
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @kris.beauty
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KdgHairAndMakeup/
- Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kris-de-guzman-hair-and-makeup-north-hollywood-2
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