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Lauren Archut

Lauren Archut

Lauren Stefan, LLC

Owner/Lead Hair & Make-up Artist

Personal Information

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School: Temple University

Major: Chemistry

Years at College Works: 2008

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Lauren Stefan, LLC

Title: Owner/Lead Hair & Make-up Artist

Industry: Beauty

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I do all of the marketing and sales for my company as well as recruit & manage artists for my team. I also do hair & make-up exclusively for my brides. My company does all of our work on location for high end weddings, fashion shows, photoshoots and more.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Starting my own company - Lauren Stefan, LLC.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

An incredible experience that taught me, not only a lot about running a business, but also a lot about myself and my work ethic.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

I don't think that CWP had too much impact on my career immediately after graduation. My degree is in Chemistry and after graduating I took a position at GlaxoSmithKlein. It payed well but I was really not interested in it, or the entire field. What I really wanted was to start my own company in the beauty industry! So finally I left and started from scratch in a salon. I did a lot of cold calling and selling myself to build up my clientele. This is an area where I used things from my experience with CWP. But where I am seeing my CWP experience impact my career the most is now, 4 years later. From the very beginning of planning the company, the process of starting the company, recruiting for my company, marketing and sales - I'm thinking back to my CWP experience through it all. But most of all, it's what I learned about myself that has propelled my career the most - I am extremely goal oriented and I work best when I set ridiculously high goals!

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

To focus on what is important, not what is urgent! This was something that was said to me many times by my DM, Joe Young. I thought that I got it at the time, but it wasn't until years later that it really sunk in and meant something truly useful to me. It has helped me tremendously in starting my new company.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Way too much to write here! But mostly, listen to your DM and learn from them. Never think you know it all, they sat where you did in the beginning and they were successful. That is why they are now DM's. Be organized and plan out your jobs well for production. Know exactly what money is coming in and going out.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Never stop learning!!! Once you are finished with beauty school I always advise to start your career in a high end salon where you can assist a senior stylist. It is well worth the time spent learning from a master before going out on the floor as a stylist or colorist. Even once you are on the floor, continue your education by taking many classes each year. There are always new trends and techniques - the beauty industry is always changing! Also, find what you are best at and specialize in it. While you can still continue to do everything in the field, when you choose one or a few things to master your services will have more value and you can advance your career. Remember that there are many things you can do in the beauty industry besides being behind the chair in a salon. There are educators, platform artists, sales reps, and salon owners; you can do editorial work and be published in magazines or enter contests to win prestigious awards - the sky is the limit! If you can envision it, you can achieve it.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

CANCUN!!!!!!! :)

Last words of wisdom

You can achieve anything you put your mind to! Set goals, set goals - did I mention set goals? If you can imagine it and believe it, you WILL achieve it!!

Lauren Archut