AHP Indie Stylist

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N ot a m e m b e r ? J o i n at a s so c iate d h a i rp rofe s sio n a ls .c o m 29 Indie Stylist: How has your professional life changed in the past three months? Chris Baran: Transformational! Besides being global artistic director for a major manufacturer, I am an owner of Fuel Productions, a video-based education company. My son, Lee Baran, runs the production side, Cut Action Media, and I run the education side, Coach Chris, with Chris Moody—a brilliant facilitator out of the UK. I'm also an owner in a franchise group of 44 beauty schools (and counting) called The Salon Professional Academy and Elevate Salon Institute. I went from traveling every week to bang, being holed up at home with my lovely wife, Rita. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was emotional. One voice said that it was going to be great—I'd have all sorts of time to work on our online education, the Global Peak- Performance System and the Superstar Educator program. No airports, no hotels, no rushing to catch cabs. The other voice was deeply concerned. What about income? How do I take care of my team? I went through worry, real fear, and even guilt because the first voice was glad for the time off. Fortunately, our team is an optimistic bunch. When the world throws adversity at you, you can turtle up or you can find the opportunity. We realized that, as leaders in our community, we had to step up. We have stylists, salons, and schools looking to us for guidance in an unprecedented time, and we can help. Now is not the time to get knocked down by the lockdown. When things open up again, you better be ready. JELLYFISH collection Hair: Chris Baran Color: Suzanne Sturm Makeup: Marie Laure Larrieu Styling: Jeremié Cote Photographer: Babak

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