Director Of Youth Challenges Students To Follow Passion


Aspiring cosmetologists were on Monday told that they would only succeed in the field if they are passionate about it and exude excellence.

Director of Youth, K. Darren Turnquest in a spirited address to cosmetology students of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) encouraged them to take their chosen career path seriously.

“Cosmetology is a competitive field. If you don’t love what you’re doing, pack up your boxes and get out.  It’s not your mission or ministry.  You are not just cosmetologists; you are therapists.  People don’t want to come into the chair of those who aren’t confident about themselves,” said the director.

Mr. Turnquest reassured students that following what they are passionate about reaps the most rewards.  He challenged the students to seek their purpose in life.

“It’s an opportunity you are investing in.  Bite off all of it; digest all of it.  You can make a difference not only in your life, but in someone else’s life,” he stated.

Mr. Turnquest was speaking during a professional day for cosmetology students, held under the theme: Keep Calm and Love Cosmetology.

As the youngest Director of Youth in the country – at the age of 29 – Mr. Turnquest shared that he is an overcomer, having been called negative names by teachers, but rising above the naysayers.

“A teacher told me I would never amount to anything in life,” he recalled. However, the Acadia University graduate said he discovered what he loves and deliberately switched from his initial study of medicine to psychology.

“I created an individual success plan.  Access and opportunity are important, but the will to do it is more important. You must validate yourself,” he underscored, adding that at that point his C’s became A’s.

“Whatever I do, I want it to be to the best of my ability. I execute it with excellence.  Every task I do must be done correctly, with heart,” stated Mr. Turnquest.

“I never settled.  Your standard is your standard.  It’s not how you start, but how you finish,” he added.

Director of Youth K. Darren Turnquest

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS – Director of Youth, K. Darren Turnquest motivating BTVI cosmetology students to be passionate about their vocation.

KEEP IT UP – Hollis Sherman, a BTVI Beauty Trades’ instructor, hugs student Doreen Young, who received the Most Outstanding Student Award for her Massage Therapy class.

WELL DONE -Janet Grant, BTVI’s Beauty Trades’ instructor, presents Samantha Evans with a gift as one of the top students of her Beauty Culture Science class.