LA Hairstylist Sofia Car is Doing Things Her Own Way

LA Hairstylist Sofia Car is Doing Things Her Own Way


It’s almost like a game to try and figure out
what people actually want. So I have a handful of
pretty general questions that I usually ask people,
but then I also look at the subtleties. They might be telling me something, but touching their hair in a certain place or putting something this way, and I can tell, okay, well, that’s bothering you about your hair. My name is Sofia Athena Carney and I am a licensed hair
stylist, barber and salon owner. I was tired of being limited
in other people’s spaces. I couldn’t do all the
things for men’s grooming that I wanted to, which
seems so silly to me. I just wanted to do the services I wanted how I wanted with my clients, and I was also just frustrated giving away so much of my money to somebody else. This is a live-work space, so
a typical day is definitely a little different than if I were to go into a freestanding space. I didn’t want anyone to feel like they were walking into my bedroom. I want everybody to walk in here and feel really comfortable, just kind of like we’re hanging out and you’re gonna get a
really bad (bleeps) haircut. – Hi! – Hey, how are you? – Good. – Good to see you. – Good to see you, too. – How’ve you been? – I’ve been good. – Good.
– Definitely need a trim. – So last time I saw you, it was about a month and a half ago. So maybe take it back about that and then taper it down around your neck. Make you nice and sexy. – Yeah (laughs). – All right, come on. I have very loyal clients
that were so happy for me to be setting out and
doing this all on my own and really only wanted to see me succeed. My first week where
everything was really busy, I didn’t have time to eat or do anything. I was just so overwhelmed with everything. One of my clients came
back and brought me dinner, and that just really sunk in. People are here for me
and want me to succeed. I had been in places with receptionists and different things like
that. Now, being on my own, I’m the only one checking
people in and out and clients are waiting
for me to cut their hair and things are failing and I’m not great at troubleshooting. Starting out, I’m wearing all the hats. It can be exhausting. But the payoff is fantastic. I am my own boss. I make my own schedule. I can’t believe that I
just get to do what I want. I’m more of a creative person rather than a business savvy person. The creative freedom that I’ve been able to build for myself. With GoDaddy, being able
to have my own website and have it look clean, professional and something that can be easily pulled up and accessible is really important. I couldn’t believe how
easy it was for me to use and make a website myself. It was just click and go. I could just kind of input
my own bio, my own things. My clients love my website. They always tell me how easy it is to use. It’s definitely simplified
a lot of things. I always want to be moving forward and create what I want when I want. Success, for me, is
definitely creative freedom and perpetual progress. (upbeat rock music)

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