5Qs: Hairstylist/Educator Megan Hollinger

She caught our attention on Instagram, she wowed us when she worked with us for an Industrie Gets Real photo shoot and she’s become a dear friend of ours. We love recognizing and celebrating up-and-coming talent and getting to know the “newbies” who have a pure passion for what they do, so let’s all take a look at how Megan Hollinger answered Industrie’s 5Qs.

Who: Megan Hollinger

What: Stylist & Educator

Where: Chicago, IL

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Megan Hollinger

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Our site/publication is called Industrie and we spelled it with an “ie” on purpose – it’s the French way of spelling Industry and was once defined as an artisan who works with their hands to create things of beauty and substance. So tell us, how do you define beauty and substance?

I define beauty and substance as enhancing one’s inner beauty through being unique and doing what makes an individual feel and look their best when portraying their story. I feel if I can enhance substance through beauty, I am exactly where I am supposed to be in life.

What other creative outlets do you explore/practice?

Besides being a stylist and educator, I like to read and explore new places and things. There is beauty all around us and I believe it is so important to expose ourselves to as much as we can in this life we are given. By exploring, I get to meet new people and learn their stories, which I love. Sharing stories is priceless knowledge, in my opinion!

What’s your personal motto/favorite quote?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

When have you felt the most vulnerable in your career?

I would have to say when I left my salon and clientele in Michigan and moved to Chicago without a secure job. It was very liberating yet terrifying at the same time. Leaving a consistent stream of clients I worked so hard to build over the two years in Michigan to starting over with nothing but the possibility of more opportunity in Chicago. I was so vulnerable at that point in my career because everyone was like “why would you want to start over?” or “how are you going to afford living in Chicago?” I started to question my decision, but I knew in my heart that even if I failed, I at least tried to pursue my dream of living in the big city doing hair. Now, a year later, I am so happy I made that leap in my career.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Seek out an opportunity and flourish within it!


If you weren’t a hairstylist/educator, what would you be?

I would be a math teacher and coach figure skating. Deep down I’m a huge math nerd, I have a passion for teaching anything and anyone and I was a figure skater from age 3 to 21.  

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