So you want to become a platform educator? No, you do not. You really do not want to be a platform educator. You THINK you want to be a platform educator. You do not really understand what it means to be a platform educator. You do not know what is involved in being a platform educator. You really want what you believe are the benefits of being a platform educator. You do not really want to be a platform educator. You are not interested in doing what it takes to be a platform educator.
You want to make “big” money. - There is no real money in being a platform educator. The pay is quite low. You think it is a big money job. It is not even a job. All but a very small number of platform educators are contractors. It is not a full time job. There are zero traditional benefits.
Most platform educators are busy salon professionals or shop owners. Nearly all platform educators can make a lot more money NOT doing the hair show. The weekend hours in the shop would generate far more income for them than doing the hair show ever does. No one I know makes more on a hair show weekend than a busy stylist makes in their shop. Skip the hair show and work in the shop for the weekend for the big money.
You want the glamour of travel – There is very little travel in being an educator. All but a very limited few ever go to the airport. Many never leave their home zip code. Most educators work very locally. They do classes in local salons and help out when the show comes to them. They seldom go to the show.
When you do travel there is very little glamour in business travel. Those of us who travel full time for work do get good at it. We have found ways to reduce the hassles and smooth out the inconveniences. Flight and hotel status can save some of the wait time in some of the lines and get a few small benefits from time to time, but overall travel is hard, tiring work and long, uncomfortable days.
If it is a Sunday and Monday show you will be flying in on a late Saturday night flight after a nearly full day in the shop. If you have a prep day on Saturday you will fly in late Friday night. Then you will be up at the crack of dawn to look at models and spend a full day in a back room working harder than you work in the shop (and for less money).
At the end of the show you will jump in a taxi (typically with 3 other people) and make a mad dash to the airport so as to not miss your flight home. You have clients at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and you CAN’T miss that last flight.