Hello! My name is Kayla, and I am studying to become a cosmetologist. In the fall of 2020, I started my secondary education at Western Nevada College (WNC), but after three semesters it became apparent that this was not the path that I wanted to take any longer. After touring the campus of Sierra Academy of Style, I knew that was the school meant for me. I’ve always really enjoyed all things cosmetology, so to pursue it as a career sounded like more fun than work. I quickly learned otherwise.
The cosmetology field is not for the faint of heart. It is tireless hours on your feet; it is trying to see pictures inside the client’s head, all the while trying to be as creative and welcoming as possible. However, it has been some of the most rewarding work I’ve done. There is no greater feeling than when your client can look in the mirror and say that they truly feel and look their best. Their confidence and excitement are very contagious.
Now that I am less than 300 hours away from completing my 1600-hour course, I am in pursuit of a salon in the Northern Nevada area. On top of that, I am trying to prepare myself to be able to have a full schedule of clients with a (current) tool supply that can’t handle the load of that.
When I reached out to For Kids Foundation, they treated me with the utmost kindness and respect. They heard my story and understood that, without the proper equipment, I would not be ready for the workforce. I told them the things I needed to be successful, and, without hesitation, they were able to provide them for me.
Now, as I look toward the future, I can truthfully say that I see it with excitement and joy instead of uncertainty. I will forever be thankful to the entire team at For Kids Foundation; they’ve helped pave the way toward greatness and a lifelong career.