Member Video: Caribbean Casual Back Deck Interviews - How We All Got Started - 19 minutes

Shot on location in the British Virgin Islands on the sailing yacht ‘Sundowner’

One of the questions we always get asked, “How did you get started in the grooming industry?” All of us have a common theme – we are extremely passionate about what we do. However, just because we have passion doesn’t mean that being a professional groomer was our early life ambition! Join us as we tell you how we got our start and what keeps us motivated 30+ years later. This is a great video clip for newcomers just starting out or for someone who is questioning whether they should stay in the industry.

(Please note: this video does have some sound issues that could not be completely corrected during the editing process. There is a reason that BVIs are one of the sailing hot spots of the world – there is always a strong, warm breeze! If you can get though the first 1 minute and 20 seconds of this lesson – the sound improves for large portions of the video!)

In this video you will learn:

  • We all had to start somewhere – find out where it began for us!
  • The types of businesses we all have today.
  • What keeps us all motivated.
  • Some of the best ways to learn to become a high caliber stylist.
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Teri DiMarino

Teri is a thirty-five year-plus veteran of the pet styling industry, previously owning and operating a large and successful South Florida salon for twenty-seven years.

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Susie Penney

Susie attended the American School of Dog Grooming in Detroit in 1977. Later that year she opened up her own business in downtown Traverse City, Michigan called The Clipper

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Melissa Verplank

Melissa Verplank is a Certified Master Stylist and long time business owner.

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Kathy Rose

A salon owner since 1983, Kathy Rose has garnered recognition in the pet industry both as an expert stylist and educator.

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