We had the good fortune of connecting with Amanda Schneider and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amanda, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have been an imaginative person for as long as I can remember. Because of this, I prefer working in a creative field. At a very young age I started dancing — amatuer choreography — in the grocery store and on the playground. I even had a nice dance set up in my basement growing up. Eventually, I attended Ohio University to pursue a degree in choreography and dance. SInce then I have performed in professional companies, assembled professional choreography, and taught dance to students. After many years of this work, I needed a change. Although I have not yet hung up my dance shoes, my main career is “Hairstylist” now. I have worked at Marie Marie salon in Candler Park for almost ten years now. Marie Hansen, the founder of the salon introduced me to the world of hairstyling. As a struggling artist, I used to clean the salon many years ago in trade to get my hair done. Being in this milieu opened my eyes to a different career path that feeds my artistic desires, and gives me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of Atlanta’s residents.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I attended Paul Mitchell School Atlanta in 2010 and trained at mariemarie salon. Going to hair school was difficult, but very rewarding. I was a “non-traditional” student, so i continued to work while I was in school. I attended classes during the day, and taught dance four nights a week. On my “off” days, I waitressed. I really do not know how I managed all of that, but feel very proud of all my accomplishments during that period of time.

Movement is my biggest inspiration as an artist. Recently, my choreography is influenced by hair — or more specifically — the movement and styling of hair. I never knew these two art forms could inspire one another.

I specialize in curly hair. When working with this hair texture type, I feel as though I am sculpting it. Although all hair is fun to shape and mold, curly hair is my preferred medium.

In the arts, you have to realize that you can not be perfect. This is why we are so unique and specialties. While doing hair or choreography, I use the word detailed instead of perfect. Personally, it is a better way for me to understand my strengths and continue to do good art.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love going to Buford Highway, so Yummy Spicy, Mamak, and El Rey Del Taco are three of the restaurants for some excellent food. Apotheos Roastery Atlanta coffee shop on Dekalb Avenue (used to be San Francisco Coffee) is a great place to stop for a delicious Americano or one of their famous special blends.
A trip to Georgia Aquarium and to the Botanical Gardens is a wonderful way to share two of the major sites in Atlanta.
Moods Music in Little five points and Empire Arts Gallery in Kirkwood are two places I shop at frequently.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A big shoutout to all previous and present stylists who have worked/work at mariemarie salon. I have learned and continue to be inspired by them. Jenny and Mike (the owners of mariemarie salon) for believing in me at all times. Marie Hansen for introducing me to the world of hair. Without these beautiful beings, I may have not been a part of the Hair Industry.

Website: mariemariesalon.com

Instagram: manda_hair_dance

Facebook: Amanda Schneider

Yelp: mariemarie salon

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