Last night I had the chance to attend the Contessa Awards, a celebration of the best and brightest in the world of beauty.
Since 1988, Contessas, the Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Awards, have been recognizing the talent of the most influential beauty artists in Canada. Produced by Salon Magazine, the Canadian professional beauty authority, the Contessas receive entries from hundreds of gifted artists to compete for one of the 24 coveted prizes. From Canadian Hairstylist of the Year to the John Steinberg Award for Community Service, the Contessas showcase all the amazing aspects of this industry that makes Canadians look and feel their best every single day.
Last night marked 30th anniversary of this prestigious competition, and the awards show event and party were definitely a testament to the tenure and importance of this event to the beauty industry. Everyone looked amazing, the hair and makeup of every attendee was on point (as it should be) and it was so heartwarming to watch a group of passionate and creative individuals celebrate their hard work, and the accomplishments of their fellow artists. Click here for the list of finalists, winners, and beautiful photos of their work.
We got the chance to chat with Morgan Roy, Creative Director at the Aveda Institute & Academy and Civello Salon group.
Morgan was a finalist for the Canadian Hairstylist category, and while she didn’t take home the prize, her stunning work makes her a winner in our eyes. We chatted with her about how she landed her dream job as a stylist and what advice she has for someone looking to get their very own dream job. Check out her answers and photos of her work below!
How did you get into your current line of work?
I was fortunate enough to realize what my dream career was at 15. I was able to complete my hairdressing certificate in high school and at the same time assist at a salon, so I was completely immersed in the hair industry from a young age.
Did you go to school/get training for your dream job?
I assisted and trained in a salon for 5yrs before starting to take my own clients which offered an important perspective on the industry. I believe that learning never ends so you could say I am a self proclaimed “hair nerd”. The hair, beauty and fashion industries are constantly changing, but the fundamentals always stay the same. Having the fundamental knowledge and the privilege to pass it along by mentoring and educating others (at the school, salon or on my YouTube channel ) makes it easy to adapt to the consistent change. I’m always eager to see what is coming up next in this industry!
What accomplishment/achievement are you most proud of?
The nomination for a Contessa Award (Canadian Hairdresser of the Year) is a definite honour. My greatest achievements have happened because of the collaboration with my peers around the globe for hairshows, the Aveda education curriculum or the various platforms I am involved with, such as “Hairbrained Live” events and my own YouTube channel; Morgan Roy Beauty.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to find their dream job but hasn’t yet?
My advice to anyone searching for the dream job? Make a plan for your life, write it out in pencil, that way you can erase and edit. When you make these changes in your plan there are so many other opportunities that may show up that you didn’t plan for.
Keep up with Morgan on her Instagram @morganroybeauty