Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask for a license number and go to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website and look up that number ( mine is 1227500) to see if there have been any complaints or violations. If so, RUN. If not, give them a chance. :0)
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. I think the one thing i would want to know is why you got into the business. and no generic answers like " I just like to make people pretty." The real deal. Inside secrets? Find a person and stick with them. If youre loyal to your service provider, theyll be loyal to you.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Are you licensed?
Do you have a website?
Can i see pictures of your work?
What is your specialty?
How much experience do you have? ( this is NOT the same as 'How LONG have you been doing this?')
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You should have at least a general idea of what you want to achieve from our time together. And be realistic.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Customer Service. I enjoy giving people excellent service coupled with superb skill. I don't really have a cute way of saying that :0)
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That I have bills as well. The general consensus that its okay to negotiate prices but it is really rude and frankly a little insulting. I can't tell the electric company that you were over budget for your wedding and that's why i can't pay the bill this month. no bueno.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I recently did some tutorials for Tyra Banks' new website http://www.typef.com for their natural hair section. It was great fun and i'm proud to be apart of it. Also, working on the WE network's " My Fair Wedding with David Tutera" was a beautiful experience.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Learn to recognize opportunities and jump on them! Don't procrastinate. Read. Take every learning opportunity you can get and create the ones you don't get. Practice. Practice. PRACTICE.