My name is Rhalesha Kennedy, and I am a proud graduate of Brillare Beauty Institute (formerly known as Franklin Academy). I have been doing hair for more than 17 years; however, I have been a licensed cosmetologist for two years now. Here is my story:
I attended Brillare back in 2007/2008, when my son was 2 years old and my daughter was 3 months old. Being a single mother, going to cosmetology school, and working was just too much for me. Even though being a hairstylist was my passion and my dream, I had to make a choice. I had to give up my dream to care for my children. Giving it up made me sick, but as a single mother, my choice was clear: I had to provide for my children. I made it through those rough times, and through those sacrifices, good things came my way.
So seven years later, I decided to chase my dream again! I once again enrolled at Brillare. This time, it took me 11 months to finish my dream! There were rough days and obstacles, but I did it! I did it with the help of my great instructor, who gave me some great advice: She told me never to give up, and she pushed me to finish! So I did, and I graduated in April of 2016. I thought I was all set. I had chosen the salon I wanted to work at and thought I was good to go. Little did I know it wasn’t going to work out.