The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Fort Wayne is one of the newest beauty schools in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. Run by three amazing women with decades of experience in the beauty industry. We were able to sit down with Cheryl Livingston to ask her about what got her started, and what led her to be a joint-owner of her own TSPA school. Discover for yourself how her passions could transfer into your education.
Where Her Passion Began
Cheryl began her cosmetology education back when concurrent enrollment through high school was still possible. She was able to take beauty school courses while still attending high-school during the day, thereby completing her hours for licensure the same time as her peers were completing high school. This immediately launched her into a career that has spanned over 43 years.
From managing corporate salon locations to spending time at a chair in a boutique, Cheryl has done it all, honing her skills and gleaning technique from the businesses she has represented. Using the skills she learned from years before, she opened her own salon, The Loft: hair, skin, nails which is located just down the street from her TSPA school.
It was in those years of learning, and in owning her own salon, that she became aware of a gap in the education of beauty students in her area and felt a desire to fill it.
Where Her Love Lies
While running her salon, The Loft: hair, skin, nails, Cheryl started to see some of her new team members come in without many of the business skills that she liked to see as a salon owner. She began providing an additional 9 month training program to her new hires, utilizing the Summit Salon Business System. This helped to fill in some of the gaps in their education and created a well-rounded team member. While doing this, her new hires, as well as her current team members, began to blossom and grow, developing a strong confidence that led them toward obtaining the “keys to success.”
It was in those moments of teaching and mentoring that she began to find a deeper passion beyond cosmetology, a passion that grew from the most unconventional places.
Where Her Strength Comes From
A two-time breast cancer survivor of over twenty years, Cheryl first started to feel that passion for mentoring when she was fighting her own fight, realizing that the willingness to succeed was in all of us. As she came out victorious in her own battles, she carried on that battle cry, sharing those tools of strength to all of her students, allowing them to grow above their own trials.
All those fights, however, are not without some moments of calm.
Where Her Hope Grows
Cheryl is a lover of beaches, something that is far away in her home of Indiana. Luckily, painting can go everywhere; which is another of her passions. While she loves to create beautiful things with paint, her favorite will always be creating masterpieces with hair; something that she continues to share with her students and hopes to for years to come.
Cheryl is a strong professional with the skills and knowledge that only comes with decades of experience. It is her willingness to share and spread that knowledge that makes her such an asset, not only for her school, but for the students she has committed to. Do you want to meet the woman who continues to inspire? Come in for a tour!
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