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Becoming Politically Active in State Legislation

By: Susanne S. Warfield
Posted: June 11, 2008, from the November 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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It’s not enough to say that the industry needs to improve the education of estheticians in this country … what are you going to do about it? If the profession doesn’t help educate the teachers of our future by supporting efforts within the field, then how will that impact the future?

Be open-minded

Industry professionals no longer can afford the luxury of resting on their laurels or doing things the way they always have been done. Times are changing, and, in order for this industry to survive, you must be politically aware and be open to new ideas for promoting the continued safety of consumers, as well as for protecting your right to earn a living.

Team spirit

It’s not about what “I” can do; it’s what “we” can do. There is strength in numbers, and the members of the profession must work together to find a standard with which everyone is comfortable and then share that information with the state boards, as well as the rest of the industry. A purpose and direction must be developed—where do we want to be five, 10 or even 20 years from now? The industry benefits immensely when everyone works together and shares their passion to build something for the profession—not just the individual spa.

Believe in collective wisdom

Those who believe will succeed. There are many bright, talented estheticians who could do great things if given the opportunity to work together. You can and are making a difference.

Viewpoint is an opinion-based column. The beliefs expressed are not necessarily those of Skin Inc. magazine.