"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra" -Jimmy Johnson

12 June 2013

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Sydney Scott of Rayn and Shyne Hair Studio

This month's Entrepreneur Spotlight is with the very beautiful and talented cosmetologist & makeup artist, Sydney Scott. 

Sydney was born in Akron, Ohio and has always resided in big cities such as Cleveland,OH,  Atlanta, GA and now a Charlotte, NC resident. Her love for hair stems all the way back down through her family line to her GREAT grandparents who also owned their own salon/barbershop. Following in their footsteps at an early age she got her foot in the industry. At age 14, she got her first job as a nail technician/designer. It's no wonder her nails are always on point!!   Now at the age of 22, Sydney has established and maintained a growing clientele and is owner of her own hair studio  "Rayn & Shyne". On top of all that, she also holds down another job as an Makeup Artist with Benefit Cosmetics. I love to see fellow young women hustle to achieve their goals and dreams, so I just had to find out how Ms. Sydney is able to do so much and stay focus. Keep reading, I promise you will enjoy what I found out!

**An interesting fact you may not know about Sydney: She LOVES to cook! Pasta, Sea Food, Soul Food, and she also bakes. She is even considering opening a small restaurant one day!

I know you, but my readers may not. My bio only reveals a little of how great your spirit is! Who really is Sydney? How would others describe you?
         I am a loving, creative, but quiet kind of girl that loves to have fun. Those who know me could also agree that I am very outspoken. lol!

You're a licensed cosmetologist and makeup artist. How long have you been doing hair and makeup?
          All my life, but professionally 5 years. I have a lot of talents. As the only child I kept myself busy, always learning something new. Unfortunately I cant give all of them just yet, but just be on the lookout for my next ventures and projects! 
You now have your own hair studio, Rayn & Shyne. Tell us more about how you came up with that name.
          My middle name is Rayn. I wanted something catchy that included my name. So Rayn is me and Shyne is what every woman wants for her hair. To translate you get Me (Rayn) and Gorgeous Hair (Shyne)!

At your age, many cosmetologist are working at someone else's shop paying booth rent. How did you manage to become an owner of your own hair studio so quickly?
          Working in upscale salons, there is a lot of potential for high income. However, I got tired of the shady business that can go on in this industry. Competition is a huge factor. I also wanted to be my own boss, control my profits, and make my own schedule. For me it was definitely worth it and I recommend everyone to start their own business. Its nothing like having your own!
After a long stay at Rayn & Shyne Studio

What does your hair studio specialize in? Can I send my natural sisters your way?!
          At Rayn & Shyne we specialize in Healthy Hair! Yes, I am natural and also do natural hair. I offer extensions services also for protective styling.
Natural Hair Blow Out

Natural Hair  - Twist Out Up Do


 In relation to hair, what is your favorite thing to do and why?
          My favorite thing to do is extensions. A lot of clients become sick, some have had horrible hair experiences and others suffer from Alopecia (permanent hair loss). So I love giving them a healthy look that makes them feel sexy, and beautiful!

Full Sew In

Would you consider yourself an entrepreneur? If so, why?
          I am an entrepreneur. I am determined, focused, and always looking for what is better for my business and myself. 

Is there anyone or any certain thing that motivates you?
          Family! They have always supported me and my craft. My mom manges my traveling ventures and she has been my biggest motivation. 

Sydney & her Mother who she says is her motivation

How did you build up an entrepreneur spirit?
          Honestly, having a hustlers mentality. That drive to go out there and get what I want. The key is to never settle for less than what you know you deserve. But first, you have to know what you deserve! 

Not just a Cosmetologist but also a Makeup Artist

I am sure you have faced problems we all face when starting like no clients or things not moving well. Can you give me an example of your biggest hurdle? How do you keep moving on in spite of all the hurdles being an entrepreneur has?
         My biggest hurdle literally was me! Before getting a business license I kind of doubted myself at first, but now I am a lot more confident and educated. I am even more so interested in starting other businesses.  
Is it easy to be an entrepreneur?
          It's not easy or hard. It really depends on the person and if their willing to push through the good and the bad to make it all work. It takes a lot of patience and dedication. 
Are you the only one managing your business, or do you have staff?
          I have the best assistant in the world, Monet Holliday who will be attending cosmetology school this fall. I also have my mom who helps me with my out of town clients, and a natural hair stylist that works in the studio when I attend to my other job as a makeup artist for Benefit Cosmetics.
 Sydney with Assistant Monet
If you can turn the hands of time, forwards or backwards, what would you do?
          I would turn the heads backwards maybe five years to give me more time for other opportunities. Lol, never forward - we not trying to rush getting old lol!! 
What do you think it takes to succeed in business?
          OMG DRIVE!! A lot of stylist get out here and act like everything is suppose to be handed to them. You have to go out there and get it. Market yourself and let everyone know what makes you different from the next stylist!  
Actions speak louder than words...

Since you have already went through the steps of developing your hair studio, your brand, and maintaining clientele, what advice would you like to give those who are just starting?
          Get educated, Educated, EDUCATED! I say that three times because a lot of times we allow the lack of knowledge to keep us from something far more beneficial than what we're use too. Come up with a business plan. Do your research as to how you can accomplish your goal, then execute. Get family and friends involved - you can always count on them to be honest with you!  
Although I still haven't made my way over to the Rayn & Shyne Studio, I promise I will. I have seen your work and it is GREAT!  Where can my readers go to get their "wig did" and their "face beat"?! {Excuse my slang lol}! 
          9605 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28269. Appointment Only. You can also email me at sydneyrayn@gmail.com for more information. Guarantee to leave you beat and snatched!! 

 Ms Sydney, Is there any last words you want to leave my readers and are there any plans for you & the Rayn & Shyne Hair Studio.
          Rayn & Shyne will be "Rayn & Shyne On The Go". A website for the new project will be up very soon. I am currently working with a few celebrities that have allowed me to be their key hair and make up artist, so I will be travelling and helping them with their new brands. One is an Olympics medalist who just launched a new clothing store in Miami, Florida. Pictures will be on the new site of what we do. I just want to say, be true to who you are! If you have a passion for something be true to that also.

    Thank you for interviewing me this was fun and I would love to do a follow up maybe in a year or so! 

Thank you so much Sydney for letting me indulge in your world! I want to wish you the best in all your future endeavors! I would love to do a follow up to see how you are coming along in your accomplishments. 

 If your in the Charlotte or surrounding area and you are looking for a one shop stop for hair and makeup, make sure you go check out my girl Sydney at Rayn & Shyne Hair Studio. 

So what did you all think? I would love to hear from you. 

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  1. This was a very good interview. Also, the blog is great Faith! I like the different topics and the sayings you have included in some of them (beat & snatched lol). Very nice!!

    1. Thanks Kelly for stopping by and the wonderful comments! I hope you stick around for more! Tell all your friends!!


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