Picture of John Paul DeJoria's Documentary on Good Fortune

John Paul DeJoria Shares His Rags-to-Riches Story in New Documentary

Picture of The Story of John Paul DeJoria

Many people rise from poverty to wealth, and in some cases from absolute obscurity to rise of fame.  Some of the world’s wealthiest people started out dirt poor. There are so many stories that remind us that through determination, grit, and luck anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success. Many individuals experience hardships, whether it’s financial, family, work.  Some strive for success and will make it, while others remain in poverty.  Many people will say life wasn’t easy to get to where they are now and it was very hard to get succeed and reach their goals of becoming rich.  This article about the new documentary featuring the life story of John Paul DeJoria is an inspiration to the salon business along with other stories we have heard about.

“I wanted it to be honest,” said DeJoria, 73, co-founder of the Paul Mitchell Systems hair-care empire, adding that he previously turned down other offers to tell his story. “I wanted it to show that America still works … that you can come from absolutely nothing but still go after what you want and do something good along the way.”

Los Angeles Times, July 3, 2017

In the American Salon article, Good Fortune, it introduces a documentary premiering Thursday, June 29th.  This documentary chronicles the life of billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, John Paul DeJoria.  Good Fortune narrates JP’s life through flashbacks sequences of interviews with friends, entrepreneurs and business partners.  The documentary will discuss his early years, from his impoverished beginnings in Los Angeles, early adulthood in military, and the days in biker gangs, to his ultimate rise to success, which began when he partnered with hair stylist, Paul Mitchell, and began John Paul Mitchell Systems with $700 that he borrowed.  According to American salon, the documentary made its world premiere as part of the Zurich Film Festival on September 22nd, 2016, and its U.S. premiere in DeJoria’s hometown, Austin, Texas, at the Austin Film Festival, on October 14th, 2016.

To read the full story on the American Salon web site, click here.