What’s the best thing an employee/colleague ever said about you?
A young colorist recently said to me that she cared more what I thought of her boyfriend than what her own parents think, and that if I liked him it would be the true test whether he was a “good one.” It made me feel appreciated beyond my role as employer and mentor. The one benefit of crossing professional boundaries is that you grow to love certain people and they love you back.
If you were training another woman to take over your job, what’s the most important advice you would offer her?
Think like a man – make decisions with your head and not just with your heart. At work you’re nobody’s “mommy” and if you put yourself in that role, everyone will start to act like a baby.
If you were to look at scrapbook of your professional career, what would be your favorite page? Which page would you like to remove?
My favorite page would be the day my book, Eva Scrivo on Beauty, was published. My page to remove would be signing the lease for a Meatpacking District salon space that we completely built out and had to close six months later during the depth of the 2009 recession. Over the next five years we had to pay off a large construction loan for a space that did not exist in our world. These were some of my darkest days and I prayed that I would make it through to the other side. It made me value my health and people that I love more than ever.
If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be an appropriate title?
I wish I could say! We actually have a title for such a book but my publisher does not want us to disclose it at this time.
If you weren’t in the beauty industry, what would you be doing?
I would pursue acting. I attended theater school throughout my childhood and actually got the lead on several occasions. I feel I would have a lot of personal experience to pull from. Maybe one day.
What are you working on now? What’s your next professional step?
We have a few irons in the fire now, but unfortunately can't discuss them at this time. What I can say is I love working on clients and honing my craft. I’m thrilled with the success of my team of stylists and we recently opened a second salon location on Madison Ave and 72nd Street. I have a lot on my plate but I’m ready for the next challenge!
How would you like to spend your retirement?
I would like to spend more time at our home in Katonah, NY, and travel, as well as work on a novel about my life.