Neighbor Profile: A jack (or Jill) of all trades
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Mobile hairdresser, coach, instructor, volunteer, ambassador, actress, radio host for her own talk show … what has Jill Hamrick not done?
Hamrick has led a full, and eventful life and she’s nowhere near the end of her adventures. Passionate about theatrical arts including makeup, hair and fashion, Hamrick has created outlets for her hobbies that have turned into careers.
Every day is a chance at new beginning and Hamrick feels that every opportunity taken will lead you to the next. She was born in Eureka, Kansas, and grew up in a family that she said taught her the value of hard work and ambition — both of which Hamrick has in spades.
Her father worked for Halliburton, a career that had her father consistently on the move. Her mother wanted more stability for their family while Hamrick’s father was on the road, so Hamrick’s family moved farther out west in 1972 to Tucson, Arizona, where other relatives lived.
It wasn’t until 1990 that Hamrick made the move out to Colorado and lived in Silt with her three boys, a dog and husband in a pull-along trailer.
“We were troopers,” Hamrick said.
Eventually, the family moved into a home in Silt.
During her time in Silt she started coaching youth cheerleading — something she enjoyed and had a lot of experience in. Hamrick’s love of cheerleading goes back to her own youth when she was a cheerleader in highschool. Cheerleading has been one of Hamrick’s many passions which she continued for 10 years throughout the valley.
The move to Colorado also marked Hamrick’s start in a career in cosmetology. Hamrick received her cosmetology license in 1996. When Hamrick was young, she found herself being drawn to the world of beauty, and after high school Hamrick received a scholarship to attend beauty school.
“It’s something I just loved. If (a friend) let me cut their hair I would,” she recalled with a laugh and added, “it was one of the things I wanted to get into.”
Hamrick became a hairdresser in addition to coaching cheerleading and pursuing other job opportunities. Always with her plate full, she maintained her family and continued her life.
“When you set your mind to something, it just starts to happen,” Hamrick said.
Along the way, Hamrick developed knack for working with students. Hamrick was recently sought after by Rifle Middle School’s after school program, “Access” and asked
Hamrick recently started hosting an after school class at Rifle Middle School for girls in fifth through eighth grade to help them learn beauty skills for hair, skin and nails.
Hamrick has been involved in after school programs at Rifle Middle School for two and a half very successful years, during which time she has positively influenced 40 girls For Hamrick, it about helping the students build confidence and ultimately help them embrace who they are, exactly as they are.
Because of Hamrick’s successes with the program, Glenwood Springs Middle School’s youth program reached out to Hamrick to help with their career presentation program.
“It’s a little more intense, because they pick the students with the most potential that show the most drive,” she said.
Hamrick works with ten students in the Glenwood Springs Middle School’s program.
Hamrick has drive, and she’s been told she’s a dreamer, but for her, she said it’s more than just the dream.
“I think I’m the kind of person that is determined, and as I get older, the confidence builds,” she said.
That confidence and determination has allowed Hamrick to take risks that led to many successes. But she attributes her greatest success to raising her three children, who to her, mean the world.
“I want them to be proud and to know I couldn’t have done what have without them,” she said.
Her newest endeavor is costumes.
In a long room within her husband’s office building, behind a thick blanket reveals her second business: “J.P. Morgan Costumes,” a costume rental business. Behind that blanket was a room brimming with era-specific costumes, jewelry, hats, purses, props and many other items hanging from circular clothing racks, shelves, from the ceiling and in totes that lined the walls.
Hamrick has been involved in the theater community, media and film production throughout her life .
“I’ll always be involved in theater,” she said.
Hamrick took the tips she made from cutting and styling hair and began collecting items from thrift stores and Goodwill. She now has more than 100 costumes that range from the ‘20s era to today. Hamrick states she would like to find an investor to help her continue her costume business.
The costume company’s name “J.P. Morgan” was a tribute to her father, Johnny Preston Morgan, who was originally going to name Hamrick after himself. Hamrick decided to honor her late father and name the business after him.
Hamrick’s costumes have already been utilized in the Secret Identity’s theater production “Aladdin” and at Silt Historical Park’s holiday celebration’s old time photo booth.
“Jill just has so much stuff — I had no idea,” exclaimed Pattie Peterson, secretary and event coordinator at the Silt Historical Park. “She’s really fun to work with and very enthusiastic.”.
Hamrick donated two full racks of costumes and props for the holiday event.
It’s hard to imagine how Hamrick finds the time to stay involved in so many different endeavors, but she does and she said she does not plan on slowing down anytime soon.
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