Barber Success Story – Elizabeth Schmidt

Elizabeth Schmidt didn’t enjoy her first seven years of her cosmetology career in America, after stints of working at a hair replacement company and at salons, she wanted to find a job where she felt better fulfilled and inspired to go to work every day. She decided that acquiring a barbers license would offer her better opportunities than a cosmetology license could. She instantly felt like barbering was what she was destined to do. She was keen to travel to Europe to learn the barbering trade and when she discovered London School of Barbering online, read the positive testimonials and reviews, she knew this was the right place to train.

After she completed our NVQ 2 Diploma beginner’s course, she travelled back to New Hampshire in America to start a great job at The Hair Company, which is an amazing unisex salon. Elizabeth is the resident barber there and the salon has sent her on educational classes and to various trade shows. She has made some great professional connections too, through all the opportunities that The Hair Company have provided her with. She was lucky enough to get this job, through word of mouth from a friend she met at one of her old salons she worked at, who told her about the opening of this new salon The Hair Company, before she came to study at London School of Barbering. Elizabeth is a fine example of how successful you can be after your training with us here at London School of Barbering.

Read more about her success story in her interview below…..

LSB: What is your name and Instagram tag if you have one?
ES: My name is Elizabeth Schmidt and you can find me on Instagram with my tag @lizzie_scissorhands

LSB: What did you do before barbering?
ES: Before barbering, I was working in hair as a hairstylist. I worked with toupees, wigs, and miscellaneous other hair replacement/restoration methods and technologies, so it was a very distinct part of the hair industry that I was working in. 

LSB: When did you realise barbering was the profession for you?
ES: After the first 7 unpleasant years of my cosmetology career, I found a position at a hair replacement company, but felt very unfulfilled in my role. I wanted a change, but didn’t want to dive back into the salon world. That’s when I decided that acquiring a barbers license would offer me better opportunities than a cosmetology license could.

LSB: How did you feel about making the transition into barbering, and Why did you choose LSB to learn the trade?
ES: I felt that learning the skills of the barbering trade was what I was meant to do. I absolutely fell in love with this career and I knew going to Europe was going to be the best place to learn this trade. I chose London School of Barbering because of the amazing reviews and testimonies I had read, and it seemed like a great fit for me.

LSB: What course did you take at London School of Barbering, and what were the highlights of for you?
ES: I took the NVQ 2 Diploma beginner’s course which was 9 weeks long. The highlights for me, aside from going to a school in Europe, which was an amazing experience, were learning how to fade and using a cutthroat blade.

LSB: Tell us about your journey since you have finished with LSB?
ES: I first worked at a higher end salon which was everything I hated about the salon world; i.e. nasty salon owners, catty employees, stuck up clientele, and a fake facade of a warm and welcoming environment, but behind the scenes it was actually full of favouritism and antagonism. I fortunately met a good friend there who gave me the information of a brand new salon that was opening in November of 2015. I’ve been at The Hair Company since the very first day it opened. I am the resident barber there, and I also do women’s hair as well. They’ve sent me to several educational classes, as well as different trade shows. I have had the opportunity to attend a few different barbering expos and trade shows and have made some pretty great professional connections. I’m always striving to improve my skills and knowledge and am fortunate to have found a salon that supports me in my professional growth.

LSB: What has been your proudest moment so far as a barber?
ES: I entered my first barbering competition last year. I didn’t win but I’m proud of myself for even having the confidence to enter it in the first place. It’s set the tone for future competitions.

LSB: If you could have anyone in your barber’s chair, who would it be and why?
I would love to have Bertus the Bloody Butcher, or any of the Schorem barbers in my chair. I’m a huge fan and I just love their whole mindset, their story and the way they live their lives. They’re true to themselves and their trade. They’re just barbers and they fucking love getting drunk and cutting hair. No frills, no fuss, just hair, definitely my kind of people!

LSB: Have you had anyone in your barber’s chair already that has had an interesting story to tell you?
ES: I’ve had a few interesting individuals in my chair, no one well known, but I don’t feel like you need to be well known in order to be interesting or have an interesting story to tell. I can’t think of anyone specific at the moment, but I do have a pretty interesting band of characters that frequently sit my chair. 

LSB: Do you take inspiration from anything when cutting hair, such as music, fashion, film or art?
ES: Music is by far my biggest inspiration. My mood dictates the genre I pull my energy from, but as long as there’s music playing it gets my creative juices flowing.

LSB: What would you say to anyone considering a career in barbering and studying at LSB?
ES: I would tell them to jump right in with both feet. Do not hold back and do not hesitate. Every experience in life has something to offer you. Even if you don’t fall in love with it, it’s always a great and useful trade to have.

LSB: Anything further to add?
ES: All vanity aside, I know I got a top notch education. My clients are truly loyal to me and they love that I went to Europe to train. I’ve had people in my chair that were visiting New Hampshire from all over the country, and when they come back for another visit, they make it a point to come get their haircut from me. They say it’s the best haircut they’ve ever gotten, and that’s just the greatest feeling ever. 

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