By Rich Figel
PROGRAM ALERT: The new June episode of Career Changers TV begins hairing -- er, airing -- Thursday night at 8:30 pm on OC16. For other viewing times and on demand channel options, please visit www.CareerChangers.TV.
Pardon the bad hair pun, but when you do a profile of hair empire builder Paul Brown, it's hard to resist using hair, scissors or other cutting remarks in article headlines or copy. In the same episode, we have a segment about the Paul Brown Institute at Remington College, and a fun fashion show the students staged to display the hair and make-up skills they're learning. My cameraman, Stanford Chang, and I were surprised when Paul himself took a seat in the audience.
What was also surprising (for me and other guys probably) is how much schooling it takes to become a professional hair stylist or cosmetician. Besides being taught the hands-on skills, students at PBI must learn about sanitation, safe handling of chemicals used, and basic business practices. Then after they graduate, most will spend a few months working as assistants first before they become full-fledged stylists. Paul Brown Salons has implemented a "junior stylist" program for exceptional graduates, which gets them on the floor right away (while charging lower prices for their services).
Oh, if you're wondering what's with the poster and pictures from THE ARTIST movie, Paul Brown said perhaps the biggest new trend in hairstyles this past year was the influence of that film, which garnered praise and awards for using the old timey silent movie approach to tell the story. Haven't seen it yet, but have noticed a lot of younger women with retro hair-dos from past eras.
Although that comment didn't make it into the final cut of the Paul Brown segment, he had plenty more to say about his personal story that was interesting -- and inspiring. I recommend you watch in on regular television if you can, since we have other good stuff in that episode, but you can see the low res YouTube version by going to the CCTV YouTube Channel.
Speaking of which, you'll also see new videos posted about the recent WorkForce job fair and two pieces related to the local retail scene. In the former, we spoke to the job fair organizer about the economic outlook, and featured some businesses that are looking to hire.
As for the retail biz segments, we interviewed the General Manager of Loco Boutique, which has grown to include stores in Guam, Saipan and Okinawa. He happens to be the significant other of Career Changers TV host, Theresa Tilley -- so it was kind of funny when she stopped by during shooting, and began giving Guillaume Maman advice on what to say. Fortunately, they have a long-standing relationship, and he took the "coaching" good-naturedly with the grace and flair we associate with the French. He also shared some "Do's and Don'ts" for anyone in retail, which are worth thinking about if you're a business owner.