We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Le and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jessica, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is necessary in order to reach your highest potential. When I look back on my 28 years of life, all of my pivotable moments in life and my careers happened due to taking risks. I’m born and raised from Rochester, NY and made a cross country move by myself, leaving friends and family behind. Then at 26, I decided to enroll in cosmetology school to learn more about a passion I had always been curious about. At 27, amidst the pandemic, I left my management career to work at a salon to pursue my passion in the beauty industry. Taking risks is what has helped me ‘level up’ and what I think helps everyone grows.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being a hair stylist was never part of the ‘life plan.’ I thought I wanted to be a Disney Imagineer in California helping design rides, so I pursued a mechanical engineering degree and graduated from Syracuse University in 2015. (Go Orange!) But that was a struggle to get through and was just as much of a struggle to pursue afterwards. It turns out its not that easy to become an Imagineer, which I knew, but I didn’t think it would be THAT hard. So I turned to retail management, which didn’t last very long, and found myself in corporate America at a payroll company. I grew a great career there for myself, but I wasn’t fulfilled still. I needed something that allowed me to have a creative outlet. I wanted creative freedom, but wanted to still interact with people. I thought back to my retail jobs and found I was at my happiest when I was working in a beauty store. I decided that was where I needed to be. I needed to help others feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. Enrolling in cosmetology school seemed impulsive at the time; I was still working in an office full time and had willingly signed up for evening classes and more student debt. It was exhausting, but rewarding. I finally understood what it meant to find your passion. I enjoyed going to class straight from work to learn about hair chemistry and nail diseases, and then waking up early to do it all again. The great thing about the beauty industry is that it is all about education, I’m always learning something new. It could just be using a cutting technique in a different way or learning about a new hair trend and preparing for it to be the majority of my clientele. When I wake up in the morning, I never feel like I’m going to work anymore. I forget that doing hair is my job now, my career. It might have taken me a while to get here, but I finally have found what I’m meant to do and I can’t wait to achieve more in this career. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to live a bit of life to find where you are meant to be and I love sharing that with my clients when they’re in my chair.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Every time I have a friend in town, I love taking them on a mini hike up “A” mountain in Tempe to watch the sunset and then get fish tacos and a margarita at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. I always love taking people to see Scottsdale Fashion Square and walk around Old Town Scottsdale because most of my friends are coming from upstate NY and they haven’t seen a mall quite like that. Also the night life in Old Town Scottsdale is always a must, my favorite spot is Bevvy for late night drinks and listening to some great throwback hits. Can’t find clubs/bars like that in Rochester! If we’re hanging in Downtown Phoenix, we’re definitely going to Mariscos Playa Hermosa for shrimp ceviche, Cobra Arcade Bar for drinks and dancing, and La Santisima for quesadillas and their amazing salsa bar. If we’re feeling some pizza, my absolute favorite pizza place is Upper Crust Pizza. Definitely need to get the buffalo chicken pizza, medium buffalo wings, and the pizookie AND butter cake for dessert. And when we’re all exhausted from all the fun, we’ll start our mornings up with an Iced Electric Berry Rebel or an iced 9-1-1 at Dutch Bros.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my amazing partner, Nathan Torres, for his amazing support. Thank you for having my back through everything and being the best pet parent ever. I couldn’t have made it through school and made some of these tough decisions without your support. I also want to recognize my Society Salon team for continuing to help me grow as a stylist and a person. YOGOWYPI. Thank you to Anastasia Weiss for being my first friend in Phoenix, you’ve literally have helped me open so many doors. And of course thank you to my families, the Torres family and my family back home. I really would not be here without my family. Oh and I could never forget my cats and dog, they’re my children and help me stay sane on those long days.

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Image Credits
Portrait Shot: Linda Martinez (@hairbestiexo)

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