The Importance of Community Relations with Leilani Angel from Bellus Academy

Professional Tips Jan 23 2014

large-1The Importance of Community Relations with Bellus Academy’s Leilani Angel

Looking to take the next step as a student?

Do you want to know how to get involved in the industry events?

From volunteering at community events to networking in the industry, Director of Community Relations, Leilani Angel highlights the best ways to get involved with the beauty and wellness community.

Find out why Leilani finds community relations to be one of the most essential pieces of a Bellus Academy experience.

Hands-On Practice

Community outreach is a unique aspect of the education that Bellus Academy students receive. The experiences outside of the classroom offer students a platform to use the skills they have learned at school in the real world.

Working at events gets you out of your comfort zone and helps you to hone your skills. It is a great opportunity to work on your timing. Leilani believes that it is important for students to get their feet wet and learn what the industry is all about before heading into the professional arena.


Leilani stresses the importance of networking and communication. You never know whom you might meet at an event. Students attend fashion shows, mall events, wellness expos, and much more. They are a perfect time to get exposure to individuals in the community. Students have received job opportunities over the years from putting themselves and their work out there at events.

Experience and Exposure

Bellus Academy gets 5 to 10 event requests every day asking for students to help out at events because they know the great quality of the Bellus Academy education. Students work at Fashion Week San Diego, which is an amazing venue for experience and exposure. When students jump in feet first and embrace every opportunity to attend events, they are setting themselves up for success in the future. The events are great for building up your resume for the postgraduate world.

Bellus Academy Outreach Coordinator Terrell Mitchell, who recently won the Project Runway Photo Challenge, is a perfect example of an individual who took advantage of community events. As a student, Terrell took every opportunity, constantly worked in events, and was able to put great experience on his resume.

Finding Passion

Leilani believes that the event experience allows students to uncover their best skills and truest passions. Many students start school knowing they love the industry but they might not know all of the avenues available to them. By taking advantage of the different event opportunities, you are able to learn what you do and do not like doing after getting hands-on experience.

You are able to sample every facet of the industry, whether that is photo shoots, salons, or fashion shows. By the time you graduate, you will know what challenges you in a positive way and what you want to focus on in your career.

Professional Connections

Leilani asserts that community outreach separates the good students from the great students. The professional connections you can make are priceless for mentorships and future clientele. Student business cards are wonderful tools every student receives for networking.

Whether they are a part of the student design team, the community events team, or looking for a new experience, Bellus Academy has event options for every student. Leilani loves to see students break through the initial intimidating event experience and gain confidence. This helps them evolve and takes their skills to the next level.

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Why Choose Bellus?

Travel the World

We offer International Certification (ITEC) which allows our graduates to work in 38 countries around the world.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Top Job Placement

Our career services team and student mobile app make finding your dream career so much easier.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Business & Marketing Training

Classes that prepare you to own a business and market yourself.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Our Reputation

Bellus is the most awarded beauty and wellness institution in the country and Intercoiffure recently ranked us the #1 beauty school in North America!

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Compete in Competitions

Our students have a history of succeeding at national student competitions including TrendVision and America’s Beauty Show.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

We're Tech Savvy

Our app gives 24/7 access to academics, attendance and job postings. Select programs offer social learning on iPads, which are included in the student kit.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Exam Prep

All of our programs include a mock state board test to prepare you for the state license exam and our kits include the state board kit and licensing fees.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Top Educators

We invest in our educators to ensure that they are trained in the latest industry techniques and trends.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »


Our relationships with high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. (CA campuses only)

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

We Give Back

We have an undeniable passion for humanity. Our schools are honored to give back and participate in community events while utilizing our technical skills.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Multiple License Programs

Bellus is proud to offer combined courses that allow you to enroll in one program and graduate with multiple credentials.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »

Alumni Benefits

We give our graduates access to job postings, the opportunity to attend campus events and alumni scholarships for advanced education.

See all Top 12 Reasons to Choose Bellus »


“The teachers were amazing! Without Bellus, I wouldn’t have the rewarding life I have today. School was something I looked forward to every single day. I can’t believe I have a job that I love going to every day.”

- Adrianna
Read more success stories »


“My life has changed so much. Within eight months of graduating, I now own a successful wax bar. I am forever grateful for the great education I received at Bellus Academy.”

- Jonyse
Read more success stories »


“For the past year I have been working on super-yachts in Spain as a massage therapist for billionaires and have loved every second of it! I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bellus’ training and expertise.”

- Clare
Read more success stories »


“I love how hands-on the nail program is at Bellus. I am a visual and hands-on learner and I appreciated the time and focus on my advancement throughout the program. I would definitely recommend Bellus Academy to anyone interested in beauty and wellness education, especially the nail program!”

- Kelsey
Read more success stories »


“The program and educators in Make-up Artistry are exceptional. The curriculum was so well designed that each day I couldn’t wait to get to school and begin the next step in learning high-end makeup. I feel very comfortable after taking this class to apply for a job anywhere in makeup, including a Hollywood studio, theater, photography or in a high-end salon and spa.”

- Jessica
Read more success stories »
man shave


“As a cosmo crossover, the Barbering Program was not only an excellent way to brush up on the basics, but also the best way to take my career to the next level. The staff was so helpful in every aspect and I highly recommend the program.”

- Johnny
Read more success stories »


View our Disclosures & Consumer Info along with the Net Price Calculator
Click here

Financial Aid

Yes! Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
See financial aid options

Flexible Schedule

We offer day & night classes. We also have new classes starting every month.
See upcoming class starts