Erik Thrane: Wella Instructor of the Year Nominee

What’s Erik’s Fav?

Adult drink: Martini
Ice cream flavor: No sugar for me!
Place to visit: Disneyland
Social media tool: Instagram
Beauty service to do: Color

Erik is a graduate of Bellus Academy and has been teaching at the Poway campus for the past four years. We are honored to not only have him as an educator, but we’re excited to announce that he’s a Wella 2015 Instructor of the Year nominee! Find out at America’s Beauty Show in March if he wins!

Q & A

Q. What do you love most about teaching?

A. The ability to shape and influence someone’s path and help them curate their success that they are looking to achieve in their career.

Q. Describe your involvement with this year’s student competition at ABS.


A. My involvement in this years student competition was leading the Sebastian based team — leading them in brainstorming, taking their vision and then bringing it to life in a photo. I also helped them refine their looks and coached individual students on their technical ability to take them to the next level.

Q. What led you to being nominated for Instructor of the Year?

A. The students are really what led me to be nominated for Instructor of the Year. I am extremely grateful and honored that I have the opportunity to work with the next generation of hairstylists.

Q. How does being nominated make you feel?

A. Being nominated for Instructor of the year already makes me feel as if I have won. Having the support of my students and fellow peers have made this an amazing experience.

Q. What is your advice to other Bellus students in terms of involvement with competitions?

A. Being involved in competitions is a lot of work, but as equally rewarding. Fears of failing or being inadequate are the biggest obstacle that students face. But I always say “don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” If you have ambition to compete, your educators are there to help guide you and help you grow. Whether you place or not, it is still an irreplaceable experience which helps you grow immensely.

Q. Why do you think Bellus Academy has had such a successful history with ABS student competitions?

A. Bellus Academy has had a successful history with the ABS and TrendVision competitions due to our expectations and standards for impeccable work and motivating our students to do their best and showcase their talent. I believe our culture is to always strive for excellence and revolutionize the beauty and wellness industry. I believe that philosophy is contagious and spreads to our students.

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