Exposito School of Hair Design is Amarillo's only locally owned and accredited school of hair design. In as little as 9 months, a student can have a lifetime career in the field of cosmetology, a field of high demand, not only in the Texas Panhandle but across the United States.
According to a survey done in May 2003 by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences, the salon industry is a job-seeker's market. Some 56% of the salon owners reported that they had job openings. More than 572,000 open positions were filled in 2002 with both experienced salon professionals changing positions (73% of the new hires) and with inexperienced professionals with less than one years experience (27% of new hires). The supply does not appear to be keeping up with demand. Approximately 3 out of every 4 owners who looked for new employees in 2002 reported difficulty in finding qualified personnel.
The philosophy behind Exposito School of Hair Design was first developed by award-winning stylist, Fred Exposito. With over 50 years of experience in the hairdressing profession, he was committed to the idea that teaching hairstyling must not only include the technical and manipulative skills, but also the habits and attitudes of professionalism. This, combined with the practical experience offered its students, allows Exposito School of Hair Design to prepare them for a successful career in Cosmetology.
Once again, our local models refuse to disappoint. They proved that they can compete with the best and win some of the most prestigious awards given at IMTA. Numerous talented and beautiful people from throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada descended upon Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure for the semi-annual International Modeling and Talent Association's event, and SIX of our Amarillo models turned some powerful heads. IMTA is an organization comprised of leading modeling/talent training centers and agencies engaged in the professional promotion of the fashion and talent industry.
More than 300 top fashion and talent agents, casting directors and industry professionals participated as judges and scouts in the action-packed, week-long international event. Men, women and children of all ages competed on the modeling runway in high fashion, casual wear and swimwear while actors performed monologues, cold reads, soap and sitcoms scenes and TV commercials. Singers and dancers were showcased, and all participants attended educational workshops and seminars presented by industry experts.
The exciting week culminated with awards events at which the agents, educational institutions and VIP's in attendance presented competition winners with trophies, cash prizes and scholarships for outstanding performances.