Now that I have spent a few months in school, I realize that I have found my true purpose! My place in life... So far, I have gone to Miami to work with a very talented woman. She gave me an opportunity of a lifetime.. Thank you Claudia... Today (11-10-08) I was in my first competition.. That was a learning experience! I did make-up on our model. It was great to be there with so many young talented people. I was truly inspired. I have been on the floor at school for a week and a half. I thought I would be scared! So far I have felt confident and anxious to do the best that I can! I had a client last week who came in for color.. While doing a semi on her I managed to talk her into a cut. (she wanted one but was unsure which direction to go in). She was starting a new job the following week. She wanted a whole new look. I knew I could give it to her! I pictured what she may want and explained my thoughts... She said "go for it" just do it!!! I was very pleased! She was a pretty girl with a worn out Do! After her color a picked up my shears and went to town! I felt so different at that moment. I knew what she was looking for.. Picking her hair up and concentrating on every snip, framing her face with some choppy layers. A symetrical. Big, sexy yet professional, young and energetic! She looked amazing.... It was Halloween.. Her mom was with her (also getting a cut). I suggested make-up to complete the make over. She agreed and mom wanted to join in on the fun! When I was done with the daughter I turned her to the mirror and towards mom.. She looked at herself with pride! and I could just tell that she was thinking " WOW, I look freakin sexy! She puckered up and enjoyed seeing herself... I thought it was so cute, I was happy for her! Mom covered her mouth and said " O.M.G Jen you look beautiful! She really did.. I gave her exactly what she needed and let me tell you I have not felt happiness that was so extreme! She stayed in front of the mirror for a few minutes admiring herself while I explained different ways she can fix her new DO! I worked on her mom's make-up and pleased her as well.. This was my very first day with Ed (one of the teachers on the floor). He sat down while I began to cut this clients hair. It made me nervous for about 5 seconds but, I got over it.. When I asked him to ckeck it (usual proceedure) He said theres no reason to, he said "I dont know where that technique came from but it was amazing" there is no reason to check anything.... What a feeling for me... I was so proud of myself.... Since then ny teacher has passed along his own clients to me. I am happy to know he has the faith in me... Being in this industry is so very rewarding. I feel right at home... I love this.. sososo very much.......... I cant wait to see what omes next!!!!