Mastery VS Artistry

Today I had a guest look at my business card and see the title of Hair Artist underneath my name. Her first question was "why don't you call yourself a master stylist now that you own your own business?" I get asked this a lot, in my 7 years of being a stylist. No matter what promotion I got or how much I raised my prices, I never wanted to be called a "Master Stylist."

Becoming masterful at something is a lengthy process that requires intelligent repetition. Some say it takes ten years to master something; others say it takes 10,000 hours. What I know for sure is that if you want to master anything, you have to put in the time and the energy, and you have to own your excellence.

Let me be clear that owning your excellence doesn’t mean you’ve “arrived.” It doesn’t mean that you no longer need to grow or change. Like I mentioned earlier, mastery is a process—one that is never fully complete for an artist. There is always something new to discover, learn, and explore no matter how many hours you’ve put in.

This industry is always changing and evolving. There's always a new look or a new style. There is always somebody better than you who is doing more than you. With all this in mind, if you consider yourself a master at hair you have given up. The second you stop growing, evolving, or learning in this industry is the second you stop being a good stylist.
I don't consider myself a Master Stylist because I am always striving to grow and become better. I am always striving to not only make myself better but also better the industry that I am in. I consider myself a Hair Artist who is constantly striving toward mastery. I believe this minuscule difference will make a world of difference in the long run!