Local 706 - The Artisan

Spring 2019

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42 • THE ARTISAN SPRING 2019 In order to get everyone done for the live show, we often have to double-team or triple-team. We have the pressure of time constraints, changing schedules and successfully achieving intricate and fashion-forward styles within the time frame, which is challenging. The hair styles are done in the morning before rehearsal. They need to last all day and through the performance. There are times we have hair changes during the show on background performers and singers. This has to be very well thought-out from the first style, and we have to determine how many minutes we have to quick change. The journey of this show has been a dream job. On season one, I was referred by Darcy Gilmore, Dept. Head Make-up, to Shawn Finch, Dept. Head Hair. On season three, I became key hair stylist. Then by season nine, I got the amazing opportunity to be Dept. Head Hair. I hired Meagan Herrera- Schaaf as my key. She is such a gift to my success. She's talented and has my complete trust to help keep the look of the show up to our expectations. Another team member we have had since season one is Renee Ferruggia. Her loyalty to the show and to me has shown through all of her beautiful work, year after year. We shoot two seasons a year, which means we work year- The Voice HEEDING B Y J E R I L Y N N S T E P H E N S D E P A R T M E N T H E A D H A I R A N D J O U R N E Y M A N H A I R S T Y L I S T round with a few breaks in between. There are so many people that come and go because it's not a Monday-Friday show. It can be difficult at times to build a big, strong team but once we hit the live shows, that is the time I call on my incredible core team of Renee Ferruggia, Stacey Morris, Cory Rotenburg, Darbie Wieczorek, and last season's addition, Amber Maher. The show has many moving parts with multiple locations, singers, dancers and bands, each with their own creative teams, so there are so many more people to thank that help put on each show. They always give us 125 percent, and we are continually grateful for all that they do for us and this show! Thank you. I couldn't do it without you all. Being on a show with so much diversity has made my core team and me elevate our skills to do all hair textures. If there is only one hair stylist working on any given day, we need to be able to have whoever sits in our chair feel confident they will look their best. We are lucky on this show because we are forced at times, out of our comfort zones to complete looks we may have never done before. But since we work as a team, there is nothing we can't do. So, here's the really fun part: over the eight years, we have had approximately 100 people per season x 16 seasons! That's AFTER EIGHT YEARS AND 16 SEASONS, my life has changed forever. The Voice is a show that transforms people into stars! Who do they want to become? Well, we help them build that platform. There is nothing I love more than to make people feel great and confident about themselves. I could not do this without my incredible team because I believe you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. You also have to leave your ego at the door because no head of hair is just yours.

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