We’re lucky to have a network of #PMInsiders who go above and beyond what is expected of them and truly get what the Paul Mitchell brand is all about. One such Insider is Morgan Ryan of The Maverick Muse whose effortless style, effervescent personality and—as luck would have it—a little good fortune helped her show up on our radar. Read on for her account of how a chance meeting turned into a promising partnership.
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I’ve taken many risks, and the most memorable risk I took happened last October at Quixote Studios. A familiar face approached me and started a friendly conversation. Her personality matched her hair: vivacious and bold. It was Paul Mitchell’s Artistic Director and VP of Education Stephanie Kocielski! Little did I know, she would be the individual that would help me land the most influential moment of my blogging career so far.
She had been to Quixote once before and remembered me. After chatting for a bit, she left. As she was walking away, I thought to myself, "What were you waiting for?" then concluded that if she’s back tomorrow, it’s meant to be.
Luck Strikes Twice
Tomorrow came around, and low and behold, the Paul Mitchell team, including Stephanie, was back at the studio again! First thing that morning, Stephanie came over to chat. We talked one-on-one for five minutes or so, and I knew it was time to create my own luck.
As the conversation began to wind down, I reached into my purse and pulled out a business card. I handed it to her with a smile and felt instant synchronicity in her returned grin. She paused for a moment then followed with, "You know sometimes the world just has a way of bringing the right people together at the right time. We’re currently looking for brand influencers and I think you’d be perfect for this. Let me talk to our Brand Advocate Manager and I’ll put you two in contact."
The rest has been history! I jumped on the phone with their Brand Advocate Manager Angela later that week and got the grand tour of the Century City headquarters the following month. She and I hit it off immediately; even over the phone I could tell she was warm, welcoming and kind. I now understand the importance of recognizing how you feel before and after every interaction.
Fate-full and Grateful
This Spring, I produced my first how-to tutorial for Paul Mitchell. One day, I was playing with a silk scarf to turn into a quirky bow, and the next moment, I’m professionally teaching others how to transform their look! I am beyond grateful for the opportunity and the creative freedom they have provided me throughout the process! It’s truly amazing to see how everything has come full circle.
Long before any of my luck, I was paving the road to success so that when that day came, I was prepared. If it weren’t for my encounter with Stephanie or my fearless attitude, I wouldn’t be sharing this story today. It has been quite a journey, and something tells me it’s far from over.