We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Grangaard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You have to take risks. You have to leave your comfort zone to grow, to further yourself in any aspect of your life. In the past I haven’t necessarily gone out chasing risks, but if an opportunity shows up in my life, I jump on it. I’m a big believer in what is meant for you will happen for you, if you put the work in. I recently saw a quote that really spoke to me – “I don’t chase, I attract. What is meant for me will find me.” I recently started teaching, something I NEVER thought I’d do. Mostly because I’ve always been terrified of speaking in public. But an opportunity came my way and I knew I had to take the risk. Now my goal is to build an education program, and I am starting to teach more and more. And I’m LOVING it!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always been creative and have had a passion for beauty and making people feel good about themselves, since I was a little girl. I remember being backstage at my dance recitals in elementary school, with my mom’s eyeliner and a line of little girls waiting for me to give them cat eyes. Same thing in middle school, in the bathroom between classes, doing everyone’s hair and makeup. Then in high school, with appointments booked on the day of school dances, styling my friend’s hair – and always running late and never having time to do my own. (That part still hasn’t changed lol) I’m also a perfectionist, and always felt like I had to do everything “the right way” and took direction very literally. For a while I think that almost stifled my creativity, but as I’ve started to loosen up on that side of myself I think it’s really allowed me to grow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ok I know I’m going to forget some of my favs, but for eats and drinks, I would definitely hit up The Family Jones, Hop Alley, and this little mezcaleria by Adelitas. It used to be called Pelenque but recently changed its name. There’s a hike in Fort Collins that for some reason is my favorite, Arthur’s Rock. Wander around Rino, go to Wash Park. See a show at Mission Ballroom, or I also love small venues like the Ogden and Bluebird. Paddle boarding at this gorgeous hidden reservoir near Boulder. It’s hard to choose, there’s so much to do and always something new opening up.
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 really feel that every salon family I’ve had throughout my career has been my main support system. Most salon owners I’ve worked for have always believed in me and done so much to build my confidence and support my growth, as well as the stylists I’ve been lucky enough to work with. Recently the amount of love and encouragement from other stylists on social media, most of whom I’ve never even met, has played a huge role in pushing me forward. It’s so awesome how these platforms have brought us together as an industry and created this space where we can all build each other up and support one another.
Courtney Ross @courtneyrossphoto