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

Hi Marissa, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I love this question because I think that work life balance is so important in any industry but is not discussed enough. For me I love my job but I also love my family! I started my career and married my husband in the same year and I think that I had to learn very quickly that if I wanted to grow my career it needed my full attention but the same could be said about my marriage. In my first two years I worked crazy hours and quickly felt burnt out, and even though my paycheck was full my heart was not. I switched up salon and restructured my schedule finding time for work but also finding time for my family and myself. I think that the balance will always be changing based on what you need in life at that moment but for me I always have to follow my heart. If I am feeling energetic and creative I put more time into my work, but if I am feeling burnt out or like I need more time with my family I take that time to recharge and enjoy the best parts of life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a hair and makeup artist and I have been behind the chair for a little over 5 years now. I love what I do because it gives me the opportunity to meet new people and help them fall in love with themselves again. I love making woman feel beautiful. I decided to go to cosmetology school after spending 4 years in college and realizing that my true passion was to do hair And makeup. It was tough to change career paths after receiving my BBA, however I knew o needed a change to be happy. I have learned to never be afraid to make a change in life when needed, and always do what makes you happy! I have grown so much in this career. I have found confidence in myself and my work that I never knew could be possible. I love my career so much and I am excited to keep growing and learning!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love denver because it has something for everyone, but for me I love how laid-back it all is. My favorite restaurants are probably Avantis, Postinos, and City O City. My favorite brunch places are The Lobby, The Universal, and Syrup For anyone visiting I always think it’s fun to check out redrocks. A few other favorite places are the museum of nature and science and union station.

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 would say my biggest mentor in this industry has been Ethan Flores. He was my educator during my first salons apprenticeship. He taught me so many new techniques, and tips and tricks in the industry. He is the reason I never stopped believing in myself and my potential to succeed in this industry.

Website: http://www.scarletsalon.com/

Instagram: hairby.maris

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