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Life and Work with Tony Sosa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Sosa.

Hi Tony, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started working in the hair industry over fifteen years ago. At first, it was ‘just a job’… but it completely changed and shaped my life. I’ve traveled the country to visit other schools for training and workshops. I’ve been a manager at the school and I love it. I’ve worked with many, many talented people. I’m lucky that my job allows me to help and guide new people starting out in this industry. I’ve been very involved in charity efforts within our school and I’ve hosted and managed a charity fashion show every year for the last 13 years. I worked ‘behind the scenes, until I wanted to enroll in school and go through the program myself. This industry can change lives and there’s a huge focus of giving back that I’ve learned.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I decided to work full-time and go to school part-time. It was tough at times, but I did it. I found myself at the school upwards of 70hours a week. (Completely by choice). I had the biggest support team at work. My bosses made sure I was okay and enjoying everything. When the world went on lockdown, I found myself working from home and trying to manage that. I then got COVID during Christmas. I spent Christmas alone. And I decided to take some time off to focus on myself and focus on my mental health.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a manager at a hair school. I work with instructors, students, and administrative staff one-on-one. I work closely with instructors to ensure that the students have a good experience and I also work with clients who come in to get their hair done. I’m very proud of the relationships that I’ve established within the hair industry. I’m also proud of the charity work that I’ve been a part of. I’m resilient and dedicated. I’ve always said I’m a yes person. Ask me to do something and I’ll figure out how to do it. I want to spread that energy to others.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is when you go home at the end of your day and feel accomplished. Feel useful. If you feel like you’ve inspired at least ONE person; success! Success is, essentially, changing the world around you and you don’t even realize you are doing so.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Tonys@sandiego.paulmitchell.edu
  • Instagram: @tonyxxoo

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