We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carly, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always loved art and have been surrounded by it from a young age. My Mom and Grandma were always doing some sort of creative project when I was growing up, and I think that rubbed off on me. I took every art class my high school offered and still wanted more. Art is just something that has always made sense and I’ve had a true passion for it. Now, getting to combine working with people and still creating at the same time is such a dream!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Something that would set me apart from other hairstylists, would be that I’m a hair cutting and extension specialist. So, I’m a hairstylist that doesn’t do any form of color service, definitely a trait that is becoming less and less popular. I love that I get to do the exact services that I love, daily. That being said, it can sometimes be challenging as well. Some clients prefer to see one stylist for all their services, that’s not something that I can offer. I have worked extremely hard over the years to keep mastering my craft and continuing my education. I’ve learned that continuing to learn throughout my career is essential and keeps me motivated.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let’s also pretend this is a time of pre-Covid. I definitely make a point to take in a concert at Red Rocks. It is truly an amazing venue, and it doesn’t terribly matter who you see there, just to go experience it. Another fun activity is going to the Sante Fe Art District for the art walk. It’s a fun neighborhood with tons of Art galleries, interesting restaurants and cool plant stores. You can wander around there for hours. I also love to take visiting friends to the restaurant/bar El Five. The view is amazing and the drinks are creative and unexpected. The food is also very tasty, the entire experience is amazing.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m very fortunate to have a supportive family. It definitely took me a minute to decide on the path I wanted to take in my career. I’m sure my parents were quite nervous, but they let me take my round about way to figuring that out on my own. After, graduating Cosmetology school, I worked at a salon in Chicago. They took education seriously. I was in a salon apprentice program for four years. It was intense, grueling and seemed endless at times. That program is essentially where I learned a lot of the skills I still use to this day. Continuing to learn and take classes is something that has helped me stay inspired throughout the years.

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Carly Johnson

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