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Sunday, January 30, 2005

One Life Project -

I recently was lucky to hear about a wonderful project that hasd been created, the "One Life Project" and I wanted to share this with you all. The One Life Project is a documentary about the beauty industry, it was created by James Morrison, who is co-owner of Toni & Guy/TIGI USA. I must say that he is an inspirtation to many, and his words have touched and inspired me. It was also created by Rachel Aceves. The One Life Project is dedicated to Carson Chirico, a promising young hair stylist,whose death sadly snuffed out the endless possibilities that were awaiting him. I have watched the trailor and I encourage you all to watch it. It's more than meets the eye, the message can be applied to anyone, whether or not you are in the beauty industry. While I watched the trailor I must admit, I laughed at one comment (how men love to work with the beutiful women), but I ended up crying at another (how people in the beauty industry are able to give or restore someone's confidence) I was honestly touched at what I was hearing, I think in this world we take so much for granted - people too. Think about what I have been saying for a long time, people in the beauty industry are the ones who keep us looking and feeling our best. Ever felt wonderful or like a million dollars, desperatly wanting to go show off your new look the moment you leave the salon? Sure you have, and why is that? Because someone cared enough about you to do their best for you! Someone cared enough to work endlessly to see you smile! So maybe next time you see your hair stylist, colour technician, or chemical technician you will stop and say thank you. I mean look him or her in the eyes and say thank you, say it from your heart. I also wanted to add that seeing Carson's picture made me cry. I actually just looked at it again a few moments ago but it seems that everytime I think about the One Life Project his face comes to mind. Seeing this young man who dared to dream and did his best in everything was uplifting, yet it brought me to tears knowing that he could not fully live out every dream. Although all that he did and all the lives and hearts that he touched will forever be remembered. I want you all to seriously take a look at the trailor and the site, you may find that you too will have been touched.
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I do wish to thank James Morrison for his allowing me the pleasure and honour to write about this on my blog and for allowing me to use some of the information from the site.

Courtesy of James Morrison, used with permission


LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., September 13, 2004 - Top stars in the beauty industry will hit the
silver screen in the groundbreaking documentary film, "One Life Project," co-created by Toni &
Guy/TIGI USA International Artistic Director, James Morrison. The Salon Association (TSA)
will debut the world premier at its Symposium 9 in San Francisco on January 9, 2005.
Morrison and partner, Rachel Aceves, enrolled some of the finest business and artistic minds in
the field to reveal the true beauty of the beauty industry. Geniuses like Vidal Sassoon, Horst
Rechelbacher of Aveda, John Paul DeJoria of John Paul Mitchell Systems, and Bruno Mascolo
of Toni & Guy/TIGI USA share how their choices shaped their destiny and the lessons they
learned along their life journey.
"As a hairdresser for nearly thirty years, I always wanted to share with the world the amazing
talent who comprise this industry," said Morrison. "Finally, one film brings together the legends
of our day from all different affiliations for one cause - to share the human side of this wonderful business."
"One Life Project" materialized after the tragic death of Morrison's business partners' 21-year
old son, Carson Chirico who died in a car accident on May 18, 2004. Touched by the senseless
death of this young hairdresser, Morrison and Aceves set out to share Chirico's story and how
his death impacted those around him.


"Carson's story reminds us that our choices don't solely affect our own life, but all of the lives
around us," said co-creator Aceves. "This film exhibits the power and influence of one's life."
The filmmakers created the Carson Chirico Scholarship to donate the net proceeds from the sale of the film to support TSA's Beacon Program. The Beacon Program provides cosmetology
students tuition scholarships to attend TSA's annual Symposium. This conference offers high
performance business education for salon/spa owners and their teams. Beacon seeks to help
young salon/spa professionals gain an early understanding of the business side of the industry.
During Beacon, students experience business education at its best and they get to network with
some of the biggest innovators of this industry.
"We're very excited about our partnership with TSA because we believe, like they do, that the
best way to predict the future is to create it," said Morrison. "Charity begins at home and this
fund will help future hairdressers, like Carson, succeed."
TSA will host the world premier of the "One Life Project" at 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, January 9,
2005 at Symposium 9 in San Francisco. To be the first to see the "One Life Project," visit or call (877) 557.5340 to register for Symposium 9.
The cast also includes: Vidal Sassoon, Horst Rechelbacher, Bruno Mascolo, John Paul DeJoria,
Anthony Mascolo, Winn Claybaugh, David Wagner, Ann Mincey, Robert Cromeans, Robert
Lobetta, Scott Cole, Stephen Moody, Van Council, Vivienne Mackinder, and Erik Knudsen.
Additional viewing dates available on the website.
To purchase the DVD or for more information, visit www.OneLifeProject.Org.
Copyright James Morrison 2005, the contents of this site or post may not be reproducted without the prior writen consent of myself. All information remains property of tigigirl. Copyright 2005

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