I’ve never had two girls working with me at night during the busy season at the salon.
But I love it. I have busted my ass for 9 months on my own there. We were desperate to find some help. I hung up signs. We may have gone on Craigslist. We had a few girls apply but they were mostly alcoholics and hookers. (Not kidding) It’s hard to find quality help that’s willing to work those hours for $9 under that table.
But by some cosmic miracle I’ve been blessed with not one but two girls that are my comrades during this crazy Spring tanning season.
Initially I was apprehensive of a stranger like Amelia coming in from one of our trainers from some gym, but I have grown to adore her.
I’m so accustomed to running this entire place on my own it almost feels odd that I suddenly don’t have to be responsible for everything.
There’s someone else taking care of cleaning the beds, doing the laundry, and vacuuming.
I have the whole night mapped out in my head and now I have a helper that makes all of these chess moves without my guidance.
I love it.
Amelia is a wonderful woman. She’s the perfect hire. Beautiful, smart, fit and progressive in her approach.
It’s hard to teach her the computer when it’s mad busy. I have to do it. I know it. Fast and efficient. I don’t want Amelia to have to be baptized by fire. There’s no reason for it.
I’ve worked for shitty managers and they drop you into the fire. You learn quickly but its a painful experience. I’d rather have Amelia watch me rock and watch me and learn without the searing pressure. But if I’m at the helm and she’s cleaning beds I can cross sell and up sell more and that’s what we need right now.
It’s our busy season and I need to kill it.
I”ll train her, but cash is king right now and I need to be at the wheel.
Amelia is very utilitarian like a soldier. She’s on top of the cleaning and the laundry. That’s what I need right now. Perfect. Stay on top of the beds and let me keep the clients moving.
Amelia is on it. I like that about her.
She’s more proactive than Eileen. Both good but different. It’s something I have to deal with and Achilles can sit in his hot tub and collect the money.
The night is cranking. We have new clients and the place is making money.
My buddy Church rolls in to tan and hang. (See: Church – Brand Ambassador)
Normally we go to dinner after I close the salon. This time we invite Amelia.
She accepts and we all head over to Marathon. I know everybody over there and so does Church.
I’m happy to hang with my new hire and Amelia is lively. Because she’s military, she and Church connect which is good for him. He needs to get better at talking to girls.
We grab food and drinks and it’s a lovely meeting. I’m stupid happy I finally have staff and they’re actually cool. And… we can hang. Love that. (I never hung out with any of my former employees.)
Amelia could actually be the best employee we’ve ever had. I don’t know it for sure yet and neither does she, but that could be a trust statement.
The thing that really struck me about Amelia was her diversity.
I had an image of her when I met her.
Fit. Workout girl. Worked at a gym. Getting her certification in personal fitness. Air Force reserves. Uber on the weekends. A worker. (Loved that)
We’re sitting in the booth and I’m plowing a Manhattan, Rye up, with a brandied berry and she’s having a whiskey ginger. We start to talk.
She went to theater college. She wanted to be an actress. University of the Arts. She’s done acting. She’s done Stand Up.
I love her more.
She starts to sound and look like Annabelle. (See: Annablelle – Nice To Meet You) Not the bad parts of Annabelle, because there are plenty, but the good parts.
Here’s a girl who has risen from the grinding failure of show biz and has made her way out of that and worked her butt off to move forward.
She’s a bit more progressive over the salon than Eileen. More on top of the operations.
but I love Eileen and she is SO good on the computer.
This is new ground for me.
I adore them both and I’m so happy we’ve found not one, but two great women to work for our salon!
Going for drinks with Amelia at Square 1682 next Monday with or without Church!!
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