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Beauty Industry Bigwigs Share Their Secrets...

Michelle Roderick, Artistic Director of Regis Corporation, proprietor of Regis Salons, MasterCuts, Trade Secret, Super Cuts, Cost Cutters, and SmartStyle brands: "Let common sense dictate what feels right. Keep your options open, rather than specialize and not have other areas to fall back on. Once you get out there you can specialize."

Lars Juhl, Manager of Admissions and Marketing at Pivot Point, educational organization for the hair and beauty industry: "You have to be very passionate about the industry and helping other people. Customer service skills are huge and will determine if you are going to be successful or not. Stay on top of the latest trends and know that you will never stop learning."

Andy Paige, founder of Cents of Style(tm) and style expert for NBC's "Starting Over": "It might sound like a small piece of advice, but there's a lot of ego in this business - there's ego in hair, there's ego in makeup - you want [a client] to know you've got their back. If someone says to me, 'I'm not really feeling this color lipstick,' I try to work with [him or her]. There are a lot of stylists and makeup artists where this is their vision and that's it. That's just my philosophy, it doesn't mean it works for everyone."

Frank Schoeneman, CEO and founder of Empire Education Group: "Learn how to sell yourself, your salon, and the products, as well as how to book repeat sales. Make the client feel like coming to to you at that salon is a regular part of their life."

Debra Macki, founder of Debra Macki Cosmetics (www.debramacki.com): "You have to be a very motivated and confident person. This is not a 9-5 job. You have to rely on yourself to get work; it doesn't just fall on your lap. Business and marketing skills are just as important as your artistic skills to be successful in this industry."

Arianne Damboise, National Makeup Artist and Beauty Director of Benefit Cosmetics: "Study different eras - style in the 20s, 30s, 40... It's helped me be a better forecaster and to notice trends."