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Hi everyone, I hope your week is going well. I really hope you enjoyed reading about all the amazing work Alyssa has done throughout her career—maybe it inspired you or someone in your life to take a chance at following their dreams as well!
It’s been such a busy week filled with travel, but it feels great to be back on the road again. When my schedule gets as crazy as it is, I’m more thankful than ever to rely on my incredible team for making my life just a little bit easier. This week I’m happy to introduce you to my hair stylist, Ryan Randall.
Like me, Ryan has a love for travel and making connections with people all over the world. This passion and love is truly seen throughout everything he touches. Before becoming a world-class hair stylist, Ryan studied at the prestigious Paul Mitchell the School, where he quickly made a name for himself by becoming a master stylist before even completing his coursework!
Now, his impressive list of celebrity clientele has grown to include Kelly Osbourne, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Rose McGowan, Jennifer Hudson, and Elisha Cuthbert, amongst others. Ryan also works on TV shows such as American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, America's Next Top Model and Fashion Police. He most recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program for his work on RuPaul's Drag Race.
I’ve been working with Ryan for a while now – his ability to collaborate effortlessly on set, and the passion he possesses for his craft are truly enviable and anyone is lucky to work with him.
Erin Andrews: So, what exactly does the day-in-the-life of being a hairstylist look like?
Ryan Randall: Every day is different in my world. It could be shooting an editorial or commercial in a studio, filming a TV segment on location, or sending a client out the door to a premier. The antithesis of an office job, which is why it’s always been so appealing. There’s also the prep days, shopping for hair/wigs/supplies, and of course cleaning and organizing and packing and cleaning and repacking and organizing and cleaning my kit. It’s a never ending game of supply management and of course, packing and unpacking.
EA: When did you first discover your passion for hair?
RR: I definitely had an interest in hair at an early age, but I did have a couple corporate jobs while I was going to college. Cosmetology school came a bit later for me, but looking back, it allowed me to better understand the business side of what I do, and also travel. If I wasn’t doing hair, I think I’d be doing interiors. I love design and architecture, and the creative processes of both.
EA: I love that. That’s such a great reminder that everyone is always on their own personal journey and that no career path is truly linear.
What advice would you give to people who are looking to become a stylist or follow similar dreams?
RR: I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented people in my career. The industry has definitely changed, but hard work and dedication will always be paramount. Commitment to the craft, and attention to detail will set your work apart. It’s far easier today to connect with those whose work you admire. Find a mentor, or someone you can shadow/assist. I’d also recommend, always say yes. Try everything, be flexible, do it all. You may think your ideal career path is one thing, until it’s not.
EA: Congrats again on the Emmy Award, that’s so exciting and much deserved! What was that like?
RR: I never set out to be an EMMY winner, it was always the EGOT for me! Kidding.
RR: But in all honesty, the awards, the honors, the press is nice, but I’m not the type of person who needs the external validation of my work to thrive. I’m driven by happy clients, well executed styles, and the collaborative creative process. I am of course, grateful to have won an EMMY, it’s an exclusive club and definitely a career highlight.
EA: What was the “I’ve made it” moment for you in your career?
RR: I don’t think there’s been a singular “I made it” moment in my career. Life is a wild ride, and I’ve been able to meet and work with people I would have never dreamed possible. From legendary singers, to award winning actors, to powerful politicians, to fashion icons, to professional athletes, to housewives, to iconic queer leaders, to the most success entrepreneurs and thought leaders. There have been so many unforgettable moments, and hopefully, many more to come.