My name is Jamie Osaka and I am 25 years old. Never once, in a million years did I ever think I would have a talent for making people feel beautiful inside and out.
After two and a half years at Mt. Royal University, I dropped out and was feeling like I was not smart enough to secure a “practical” career. I’ve gone through my life watching my friends, family, and peers find their niche; the one thing they love to do and they made it into a career. After various jobs as a server, working in a pad printing company, more retail jobs than I can count and being a receptionist; I thought maybe it just wasn’t going to happen for me, maybe I didn’t have a “thing”.
Then, by a total stroke of fate, I met a hair stylist who told me of an opening position as a receptionist at a hair school. After applying and getting the job, I found myself drawn to the beauty industry as a whole. I didn’t know what I loved about the trade, but I knew I wanted to learn more. My manager and the lead for creative directing saw my passion and curiosity, and had me helping students with make-up projects. After the first photo shoot, I was hooked. I have always loved makeup and the transformation it can bring about in people. Driven by this inspiration, I began researching schools to get certified in makeup artistry. However, I was always plagued by the worry of not being able to make a realistic career or make enough income for me to be satisfied or to support myself with.
Though these worries were very prominent in my mind, I pushed on in my search to expand my knowledge. After interviewing at a couple of different schools in the city, I had my interview with Linda at Delmar, and instantly I felt like I was at home. She opened the door to the spa and my views on life changed. As she was explaining the Esthetics program to me I couldn’t help but think that this was the ultimate career move. It was my passion meets practical. I never considered the science behind esthetics or the passion and talent it takes to be a success in the field.
After the first couple of weeks, I was completely obsessed. I knew I had found my career, one I could be proud of and practice for the rest of my working days. I was determined to be the best esthetician that I could possibly be. My educators Rae and Angela have ignited a fire in me that I never thought myself capable of having. With their expert guidance and teachings I have learned to have confidence in myself, accept my mistakes and to learn from them. And I now realize I am exactly where I belong – and I could not be happier.
Every day in the spa is a new adventure, every client (both new and old) pushes me to learn more and be the best esthetician I can possibly be. I absolutely love coming to school, I adore being able to teach my clients things that will help them meet their skin care goals. Most of all I am devoted to being able to make my clients feel beautiful and see themselves in a brighter light, and to make them feel like I care about them, because I honestly do. Now that I am nearing the end of my program, I am excited to say that I am following in the footsteps of my educator, Rae, and have accepted a job at a prestigious spa in downtown Calgary. And though I am very excited to begin my career, I cannot deny my ambition of becoming an educator of esthetics myself in the future. My ultimate dream is to be working alongside the amazing people who have helped me and pushed me to become the professional I am today.
My advice to anyone thinking of entering the program, or those who have just entered, would be to believe in yourself. Listen to what your heart is telling you, and stay true to yourself. Be prepared to work your butt off, expect frustration (especially when mastering French polish or remembering all the steps to a facial with an advanced treatment add on). Be open to criticism, and learn from your mistakes. Let your classmates help and guide you, because they will make you better, give you an amazingly strong support system you never dreamed of having, and they will be there to pick you up if you fall.
But, most of all, be open to letting yourself be amazed by what you are capable of. Look forward to deep gratification and pride in your profession. If you love making people feel beautiful, or helping people to see themselves differently, if you love the beauty industry you will fall in love with and excel in this program.
From the very first day of class I have asked myself every day, “why did I wait so long to do this?” Manicures, pedicures, polishing nails, waxing, and giving facials, is what makes me truly happy. And I love it most of all because “a bad day in the spa, is still better than a good day in the office.”
Jamie Osaka is our first ever school and campus wide Student of the Month. She was nominated because of her outstanding positivity and work ethic. She is truly a Delmar College ambassador.
no gimmicks. just great education