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by Amy Colvin
How do you stay excited about your career
choice? Do you look for inspiration? Does a quest
for learning keep that fire lit inside you?
If you strive to be your best, you look for qual-
ity education. Some even seek to study with
someone who is doing with their career what you
see yourself doing some day.
In a sense you yearn for a mentor. One of those
mentor stylists for me is Giovanni Giuntoli. We
met about 10 years ago when he began offering
workshops in New York City called Tearsheet.
My desire to take this course was instantaneous.
Giovanni started teaching what no one else was.
He was sharing how to build your portfolio and
in essence how to get gorgeous photos of your
As life would have it, I decided to stay close to
home to raise my two small children. Working in
the salon was taking me away from them more
than I wanted, let alone running off to New York
for a workshop. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to
these feelings. At the same time, I was also grow-
ing my Foolproof Updoing business.
However, I kept my eye on Tearsheet and its
growing presence in our industry. Giovanni was
staying true to his brand and had exceptional
Jump to present day when fate intervened, as
it often does, and put me directly in Giovanni’s
path once more during the Redken Symposium
in Las Vegas. Destiny may put someone in your
path, but it’s up to you to seize that moment of
opportunity. Which I did. Long story short, I com-
mitted to taking his workshop: “Education Junkie”
in New York. Now I’m able to say that was one of
the best career choices I’ve ever made.
We all get nervous when we step away from
the safety of our chair. As soon as I walked into
the New York studio, I was warmly greeted and
put at ease. It was such a relief to see a familiar
face. Giovanni had two facilitators along his side,
one of whom I knew. They showed me to a table,
where my name was on a Tearsheet folder.
When the course began, Giovanni acknowl-
edged we were all nervous. It was refreshing to
hear he was as well. His voice is soothing and
calm as he prepared us for what we would experi-
ence the next few days. The sincerity was obvious
as he asked us our expectations as well as our
challenges. The list we created seemed an impos-
sible agenda. Much to my surprise, however, it
was all covered by the end.
We were prepared with inspiration and knowl-
edge to execute a successful photo shoot for the
following day. The third and final day started with
a group huddle of encouragement and self belief.
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