Veteran Hollywood hairstylist and On_Set Academy founder Susan Lipson’s career has spanned over twenty years and her creative contributions have transformed high-profile actors from both film and television alike. Credited with hit films like Charlie’s Angels, Anchorman, Spiderman 3 and Van Helsing (among others,) Susan’s achievements as a Master Stylist, Extension Expert and Colorist have helped some of Hollywood’s hottest actors become more believable and memorable characters.
In addition to applying her artistry to the tresses of Kirsten Dunst, Al Pacino, Kate Beckensdale and Drew Barrymore (to name a few,) Susan simultaneously owned and operated her own salon and in 1997, founded On_Set Academy. Eager to share the hands-on expertise and experience she’d acquired, Susan created the academy to help others receive the advanced training necessary to “break into the business” and have prolific and prosperous careers. “There was virtually no education or training like what On_Set offers when I started out,” says Lipson. “My goal,” she continues, “was to make sure that I changed that.”
The first and only academy of its kind, On_Set provides not only technical training, but practical education as well. Students receive advanced training focused on hairdressing that sets them apart, allowing them to establish a coveted presence on-set and to perform above and beyond expectation. Graduates can utilize their skills in any number of arenas; from TV to film to photography and in the salon, but only On_Set Academy provides the added benefit of instruction in etiquette, professionalism and cutting-edge technique necessary for them to excel. Producers need highly-skilled, highly-trained stylists and those who have a thorough understanding of everything from script breakdown to special effects have a distinct advantage.
Responsible for launching the successful careers of countless (working) Hollywood stylists, Susan remains committed to giving back and providing education that gives On_Set’s graduates the distinct edge they need to make their dream careers a reality.