Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ric Kent, Founder of Cir Kent A Salon, located in Albuquerque, NM, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
My business is Cir Kent A Salon and Ric Kent Hair and Makeup Artist Freelance. I have been in business for over 24 years. Focusing on creating beauty for the everyday woman as well as weddings, print, and film across all mediums. My motto is Expect Miracles!
From celebrity quality makeup and hairstyling using hair extensions to create iconic looks for the everyday woman to the runway.
Tell us about yourself
First and foremost, I love what I do. I have never had a day that I felt like I was “ going to work.” Each and every day is different, and I have the power to change every day. Whether it be talking a client into a color change, a new haircut, or a totally different look with extensions. The sky’s the limit.
I met my mentor over 30 years ago. He recognized something in me and told me he would teach me everything he knew. How could I pass that opportunity up?! His name was Joseph Saavedra. He was a local talent in my community. He became a hair and makeup guru to the stars, with a clientele that included Barbara Sinatra, Stephanie Powers, First Lady Nancy Reagan, etc. I apprenticed under him for one year after getting my license. He took me under his wing and taught me everything to have a successful career. Thank you, Joseph! I’ll never forget what you gave me. We lost Joseph in 2021 due to COVID.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Creating a clientele based solely on referrals. I feel that my work speaks for itself and is the best advertising.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Making everything look like it’s easy and running seamlessly. Never let them see you sweat.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- First and foremost, focus on customer service.
- Focus on your craft, and the money will follow.
- Do not be afraid to charge your worth and increase prices annually. So many of us are too afraid that we will lose customers.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
Where can people find you and your business?
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