Cosmetology graduate Tirza Murdock lands her dream job

Tirza Murdock landed her dream job just a few months after finishing her Cosmetology program. Lux Beauty Bar in Rancho Santa Fe is a high-end salon owned by Michel Benaroch, one of the best stylists in the San Diego area. 

 Success didn't come easily for Tirza–she worked hard. Tirza lived at home so she could pay her own way through school. She took every opportunity that came her way, including SkillsUSA, Davis Hospital volunteer work, and DATC's annual Fashion Show (Tirza turned her sister into Ariel from The Little Mermaid). When she failed her state boards, Tirza was devastated–for a day. But she bounced back quickly, passing the exam the following week. Even after graduation, Tirza's financial situation didn't allow her to move to California as quickly as she'd hoped.

 Soon afterward, things started looking up. She found a job at Ulta. Then when a friend of a relative told Tirza that Lux was hiring, the timing worked out perfectly. Tirza believes that her job skills combined with her hard work and positive attitude earned her a spot in one of California's poshest salons.

"It takes blood, sweat, and tears, and blood in my case. You can’t be a stylist and not cut yourself every once in a while. It takes a lot of putting your heart and soul into what you’re doing, and it’s not easy."

 Even though she'll work among the rich and famous, Tirza knows it won't always be easy. She'll have to get a California license (more exams!) and move away from home for the first time. Tirza's up for the challenge.

 "You’ve got to take risks and you’ve got to do things that are scary and you have to put yourself out there, or one day you’re going to regret not living your life."