Wade Beesley, Austin, TX, Paul Mitchell the School
It wasn’t until Wade had owned a successful coffee shop for a decade, built and sold a house, worked as a bartender and carved out a reputation for designing concrete sculptures that he considered a career as a barber. “I’m talented and creative and I was looking for a solid trade, so when I met an older gentleman who was a barber, it seemed like the perfect career,” he says in his application video. Although Wade has succeeded in many jobs, he feels a natural fear toward embarking on this career. “If I’m feeling scared or anxious, I know I have to pursue it,” he says. Eventually, Wade wants to work behind a chair and provide a sense of healing, whether it’s being a friend and confidante to clients in the barber shop or setting aside one day a week to provide haircuts to people experiencing homelessness.