Kim seems to put possession or “ownership” on some people, her clients and staff… especially Anthony! Not being allowed to do as you please in your off day, or lending a helping hand to a fellow team member without permission, seems a bit extreme, almost like indentured servitude. I honestly think there’s a huge power trip going on here and it’s not an attractive look.
Meanwhile, let me give you some back-story from the treacherous, backstabbing snake, people like to refer to as Angela Christine. I moved to Los Angeles with no friends and no family on a dream. With God-given talent, I was hired at Kimble Hair Studio within the same week of my transition. No shortcuts and no cheating involved, by the way. I worked as often as I could so that I could not only prove my work ethic, but to also build a clientele of my own. In that process, I also assisted Kim and took care of her clients in her absence. The rules in place about giving out personal information means that although I’m working and meeting people practically 24/7 in the salon, I’m not allowed to do anything with my connections and turn down every opportunity that comes my way unless the salon gives it to me.
How am I supposed to grow and make a name for myself if I’m not allowed to build on the connections I make? Why am I not being encouraged to do test shoots, or red carpet events on my off time? Because it doesn’t make Kim Kimble money.
Why is it OK for me to work on your clients when you’re away, but not when you’re here??? Because all high profile clients are only meant to claim Kim Kimble as their stylist. Keep watching… you’ll see a pattern. Did she ever offer one or two, who I began to service consistently in her absence? NO! If it doesn’t make Kim Kimble dollars or notoriety, it doesn’t make sense and is therefore frowned upon.
I came to L.A. in hopes of finding someone who would appreciate my work ethic and talent, and not assume that my drive is being mistaken for deceit. A mentor is a person who is respected in their industry and takes someone under their wing who they can teach and ENCOURAGE doing the same thing without ANY financial gain or motive except to see the protégé successful. I have several; my employer is not one. Mentor was used very loosely in this episode and I’d just like to clear that up.
Looking back, I was wrong for not communicating that I was working with Eve, and I am apologetic. What I can’t be apologetic for is working hard, doing the job well and building a great report with clients. Nor will I accept the title of taking something or someone that doesn’t belong to me. I have enough God-given light shining on me, and there is no need for me to dim someone else’s.
On the outside looking in, it’s easy to make judgment when you have never walked a mile or even an inch in my shoes. The clients know my heart and my talent; there’s nothing more to say.