I follow Gordon Miller on Facebook ( I love his wisdom and his courage to ask the questions we most often ignore). Recently I saw a response to his post that said Commission salons where on their way out quickly. It really stuck with me... In the area of the country I work I can count on my hands the number of Commission salon left. I fought, no struggled, to hire stylist over the past 9 years because of this. Everyone works their one year commission, required by our state, (usually at a salon that is booth rental) then goes booth on their second year. At the same time I hear over and over how there are no mentors left, can no one else see there is a direct coralation between the two? Thanks to my NAHA nomination I have had 4 hairdressers come to me this week wanting to work with me. I only have 3 hairdressers working for me currently, which have been with me for the past 5 years. So to have 4 approach me in a week in mind blowing, considering I haven't had a stylist even apply in over a year (but I digress) .... ALL of them have said it is for no other reason then that they are looking for a leader.... a mentor. One stylist told me that she knew she would never have the career she desired unless she left the booth salon she is currently in. Why? Because the owner doesnt care if she is sucessful, as long as she pays her rent. Yes I believe that booth rental has its place, but so does commission. I almost went booth rental last year, out of frustration.... But now I am glad I didn't give up on my industry. I will be a mentor to the young ones. I will prove to them that to be a bright star in this industry you have to have a team supporting you. You can't do it alone. And it takes years of working under/with someone to hoan your skills. That one year hardly teaches you what NOT to do... much less enough to be on your own. If we truly want this industry to be great, then we must stop taking short cuts. We have to put in the work. We have teach not only the cuts, but also how to manage proper conversations, how to dress professionally, dependability, accountability, marketing, networking, ethics, money managing, setting goals. EVERYTHING!!! In our industry it really does take a village to raise a stylist. I know there are always exceptions to the sterio type, and if you are that, you dont have to blow up my post telling me so... I am talking about the 'typical' booth rental salon that you are responsible for yourself and thats it. You take your own appointments, you order your own product, you show up to work when you feel like it, and you go to education on your own. We are loosing talented young artists to this world that will turn them into " Just hairdressers" and it breaks my heart.