Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Le Tatsumi. Below you’ll find edited excerpts of our interview with Angela.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since I was little, I have always been into beauty. I always wanted to play with makeup, hair, and do nails. It came really naturally to me. Growing up, I would always do other people’s hair and makeup for events. Coming from an Asian family, my parents expected me to go to college. They didn’t think I could make money being in the beauty industry. So the deal was that if I went to college, I could do whatever I wanted after. I thought of other career choices but nothing really stuck. Towards the end of college, I realized my passion was still in beauty so I decided once I finished that I would go to cosmetology school. I went to Paul Mitchell the School in Sherman Oaks. After i finished, I got my assisting position at Salon Sessions. I wanted to work there because I saw them do the hair makeovers on America’s Next Top Model. It was a great learning experience there since they were huge on advance education and editorial work. In the beginning of my career, I wanted to do everything- photo shoots, fashion shows, teach classes, platform work. I was lucky enough to do most of this and to my surprise, my heart was to be behind the chair with my clients. I moved salons a couple times and every place has a special place in my journey, but I have found my home at Union Salon South. i believe I am where I am today because of all the relationships I built with my clients. It is about listening to them, communication, trying to understand and know them. One of my mentors told me,” It’s 20% hair and 80% relationship” and it is absolutely true.
Has it been a smooth road?
Of course not! I didn’t realize how hard and how long it was going to take to build a strong clientele. It was also hard because I started in 2008 when the economy was bad. Whenever there is a change whether you move salons, get married, go on maternity leave- YOU LOSE CLIENTS. The hardest part is when you lose that client that you thought was loyal or became friends with. That hurts the most but you have to just move on and keep building.
What are your plans for the future?
Just to keep building my clientele and keeping busy! Looking to keep educating myself and learning more!
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
I think the hardest time was moving salons the first time around while I was still building. I lost more clients than I expected and it was nerve wrecking because I was transitioning from commission to renter. So I just had to keep building and promoting myself more. I just started posting my hair and makeup pictures on Facebook and Instagram and asking my clients for referrals.
Do you ever just stop and think WOW – I’ve made it?
There was never a moment where I felt I made it but when I realized I was busy enough to hire my own assistant; it was like “yes!! I finally have a consistent clientele!” Or when my clients told me it took them a while to get an appointment with me so they have to book in advance now, it definitely was q happy moment. I mean it was good for me, bad for them but they were happy for me!
- Haircuts $85
- Ombre/Balayage/Full Highlight $175+
- Partial Highlight $135+
- Retouch Color $95
- Color Correction Price upon consultation Wedding hair $200 + travel fee
- Wedding makeup $200 + travel fee
- Phone: 626.441.9100
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @angelalebeauty
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