Christophe Gaillet

Biarritz, France/Paris/Krakow

“No limit style, but always very poetic with a lot of fragility.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I live in France, in Biarritz in the south west on the Atlantic but I share between Paris and Krakow in Poland.

Title of what you do and what company you work with?

Since 2010 I have been a freelance hairdresser and Artistic Director of Mk Production, a company that has existed since 2015. I do shows, masterclasses and shoot coaching.

What is your signature style/artistic expression to your work?

It’s always very difficult to define my style…

I love when a woman is naturally sophisticated.  That is to say a style that is affirmed with a very feminine look.  I also love pure beauties with almost nothing… free and healthy hair.

I like beauty in general and create different styles. I like the expression before Garde, the “no limit” style, but always very poetic with a lots of fragility.  I like breaks, contrasts, but always with a lot of sweetness.

Do you have a career turning point or big break that has helped your career?

Ten years ago I stopped working in a salon. I had a desire for something else and to take a different direction. I wanted to move on even more. I traveled more and met hairdressers from several countries and for me it was a great wealth … artistic and human.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

I really didn’t have a very scary moment but rather very impressive one at a show in Colombia. There was 3,000 people present.  One of my best moments is my victory in the very honorary and important competition AIPP. But also my first show in Japan I when I was just twenty years old.

What is next for your career goals?

My main goal today is training, sharing my knowledge and discovering new talents. This mission is very important to me.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

The only advice I would give is to train well, share ideas, share knowledge to grow again and again.

Instagram : @gailletchristophe

Facebook: Christophe Gaillet

Christophe Gaillet Hair Artist

Website : www.academyice.com

Elyse Saunders

Toronto

“I’m enjoying being cheeky and challenging. “

Image:  Ivan Otis

What country are you from and where do you live?

From Canada, Living in Toronto Ontario.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

Self Taught

What is your signature style/artistic expression and how did you come up with it?

I guess I would say I’ve been more consistently a line work artist.  And I mainly draw bodies and expressions in one way or another.

For a long time I’ve been exploring concepts of feminine sensuality, identity and its relationship with feminism. My pattern-based pieces look at the complicated relationship many of us have with space and much of my earlier work itself didn’t take up much space at all (moleskins, am I right?). I’ve often focused on dense patterns on a tiny scale, so my interest in developing patterns was an obvious next step. 

Through this reflection, my “No Talent” sculptures have been more of a focus lately. Still in line with my favourite idea of nuanced repetition, I’ve been developing this series of one hundred similar but unique sculptures, each existing within a mini-series of four or five pieces each. Each is 15” and cast in resin. I’m grateful to have the help of Greatbeard Productions.

I feel like I’m giving more life to what has usually been a drawing. For a long time I’ve been trying to expand my comfort with larger spaces and the sculpture series has been a really important journey for me so far. I’m enjoying being cheeky and challenging. 

Do you have a career turning point/your big break?

As far as “big breaks” go, it’s hard to name anything specific. I was fortunate to be working with a small art collective out of New York years ago and through that I’v been able to sell pieces all over the world. One Mixed media piece hangs in a school somewhere in Tokyo. A pattern I have called Orgy became wallpaper in a restaurant downtown Toronto. There are whole collections that have been purchased privately.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

If I could suggest anything (at least to myself!), keep working and keep sharing your progress with friends and fans. The feedback is helpful; especially when I feel stuck or uninspired. Keep moving, creating and growing!

Instagram @elyse_saunders

www.elyse-saunders.com

https://www.facebook.com/elysesaundersillustratuon/

 

 

Peter Gray

Zimbabwe, New York, Toronto

Devil is in the details.”

 

What country are you from and where do you live?

I am from Zimbabwe, South Africa.  I live on planes trains & automobiles… have bases in NYC, London & Toronto.  I am a travelling beauty pro with the ability to sleep anywhere!!!

Title of what you do and the company you work with?

I am a Gun For Hire/Hairdresser represented by Home Agency – NYC & Paris & CloseUp Agency – Milan.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I did the three year traditional apprenticeship followed by a brief stint at TIGI London.  Followed by three years salon assisting/training in cut & colour (with David Adams) at Cazaly & Co. London.  After that I went on to Sassoons and teacher training (Manchester & London) and several years assisting Ray Allington & Eugene Souleiman on shows & shoots while teaching at Sassoons.  I’ve been a perpetual student of the School of Hard Knocks.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

Devil is in the details.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

Still working towards it…

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

Every day is scary, that’s why I still practice so much!  I’m proudest of how much my previous assistants have accomplished!

What is next for your career goals?

Staying inspired.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

What you put in – you get out!!!

Instagram: @petergrayhair 

Facebook: petergrayhair

Website: c/o https://www.homeagency.com/artists/peter-gray#videos

 

Sally Brooks

London, UK

I love simplicity with a twist. I love not only the end result, but the thought process behind it.”

What country are you from and where do you live? 

London, UK.

Title of what you do/company you work with?

Co-founder, Brooks & Brooks.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I trained as a theatrical make-up artist and was involved in dance from an early age. I joined Trevor Sorbie at the age of 20 not really wanting to be a hairdresser, but very quickly I knew that it was the right career for me. With so much diversity it allowed me to explore different creative visions In my head. I qualified as a hairdresser at Trevor Sorbie and worked my way through the ranks of head junior assistant, manager and my favourite role as an Art Director.  After twelve amazing years, I decided to venture out and open Brooks & Brooks and see what challenges and opportunities awaited me.

What is your signature style/artistic expression? 

I love simplicity with a twist. I love not only the end result, but the thought process behind it. Doing something is easy but thinking of the idea is the challenge. Creating something that looks simple but is actually difficult is what challenges me; trying to be original and challenge myself is what keeps me inspired. Never being satisfied with just OK is never an option.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

I’m not really sure there was one if I’m honest – I never think that I have made it! I am never fully fulfilled unless I do something that takes me out of my comfort zone. Winning awards has been amazing, but it is not what challenges me. It is more pushing myself to create something new that is more important; I think as a Hairdresser everyone has a different goal it’s what makes this industry so amazing – I’m not sure I’ve achieved mine yet! I made a documentary last year, The Journey To My Destination, that pushed every challenge and obstacle that I had to overcome from the start of it to the very end and is probably the thing I am most proud of – when you have brick walls put up it’s a challenge but something I love. 

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career? 

The scariest moment for me was inviting 100 VIP guests for a screening of the documentary – and not actually having anything to show anyone until five minutes before the actual screening! The proudest moment for me was the day we opened the salon and seeing the team succeed. There is nothing prouder than interviewing someone and listening to their goals and seeing them get there; it will always be something that a boss finds the proudest. 

What is next for your career goals?

I have some things that I haven’t done yet. I would love to make part two of the documentary.  I would love to collaborate on a book, but most of all I want to always do something new. My career goals are to see my team run my salon in a new and exciting way that I can mentor but free up some me time to ‘experiment’ in things that challenge me and our industry.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in business? 

Work in your salon! When you work alongside your team, you are one of them, you are all in it together. 

Instagram: @brookshair

Website: www.brooksandbrooks.co.uk

Sally Brooks has been named Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year at a glittering lunch in London.

The Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Luncheon & Awards was held at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane and recognizes the best of British hairdressers, who work tirelessly for the industry both creatively and in business. 

Amongst a host of awards presented by President Ken Picton and Chancellor Ashleigh Hodges, was the ultimate accolade, Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year.

Sally, owner of Brooks & Brooks salon in Holborn, London, with Jamie Brooks, has won some 60 awards with her creative team including London Hairdresser of the Year three times and British Hairdresser of the Year 2017 and 2018. Sally collected her award to rapturous applause from the audience who included her friend and mentor, Trevor Sorbie. 

“This is such a surprise but I’m delighted to be named Fellowship Hairdresser of the Year. It’s been an incredibly busy year which has included producing and directing my documentary, The Journey to My Destination. I have a lot of things planned for the industry in 2020 so watch this space!” 

Jorge Joao

Toronto

“I love colliding textures sleekness with movement. I definitely lean towards organic lived hair.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I’m Portuguese descent and I live in Canada.

Title of what you do and what company you work with?

I am an International Redken Artist.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

After college I went to hair school then started my apprenticeship right after that.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

I love colliding textures sleekness with movement. I definitely lean towards organic lived hair.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

When I was asked to be a part of the New York Redken Academy team. Things really started to change after that.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

Being asked to lead the hair team for Toronto Fashion Week. We had thirty seven shows to do in five days. I was terrified but it ended up being a huge success.

What is next for your career goals?

To be honest to keep having the opportunity to grow others. I will always continue to do what I do but there’s nothing like helping other artists achieve their goals.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

Don’t be afraid to mess up! You will make mistakes but take them as learning opportunities. Be patient, stay hungry and trust yourself.

Instagram:  @jorge_joao

See Jorge’s interview with Cheryl at Toronto Fashion Week SS2020

Meyloo

Paris, France

“I love texture, how colours vibrate, nature, organic, mineral, light and dimensions.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I grew up near Fontainebleau in France (near Paris) and I’ve been living in Paris for four and a half years. I love its night magic, its history and its lights.

Title of what you do and the company you work with?

I’m a freelance makeup artist in the world of beauty, fashion and art.  I’m represented by Bagency in Paris and I hope to open up my horizons to the world soon. 

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I studied applied arts at Fontainebleau. Passionate and inspired by Alexander McQueen, I wanted to become a fashion designer to bring new poetry to clothing.  But after an encounter and getting carried away with life, I went into a makeup school after my high school degree where I discovered beauty in a different way.  I was lucky to assist great artists who taught me the rules, how to challenge them and express myself. 

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

I love texture, how colours vibrate, nature, organic, mineral, light and dimensions.  Everything that surrounds me, here and there, from under my feet to the gate of heaven.  I love to detach myself from the established codes, address the essential and create an emotion of beauty, a living poetry.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

After my makeup school, I took two months off before getting into real work, and since then I’ve never stopped.  Actually, I can’t stop because if I don’t create, I die. I think it is the essence of who I am, and the energy I put in.  It regenerates me. But as all creations, the search is constant and challenging yourself is a permanent process, so that today, enriched with yesterday, is better tomorrow. 

The turn of my career, I think, is happening right now.  This summer, life forced me to think of more essential matters: how life is precious.  I’d like to be sure the time that I’ve been given will never be lost again, to make it something real and even bigger.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

I don’t think I really had such a scary moment to mention, it’s more about more or less touchy situations to deal with.  Maybe one to remember though, shooting the “Symbiote” video with Nick Norman. In a creative impulse, I put white paste on my hair roots to give a “textured” feeling, which turned out was orthodontic plaster… surprise when the time came to remove it! It was not coming off and I thought I’d have to free myself from my hair to get rid of it haha! Luckily, and thanks to an amazing time, it all turned out fine and I still have my thick and curly hair. “For the love of art!”

Let’s talk about the video for example:  What I really appreciated on this project was the complete fusion of all the artists that took part in it.  The limits of everyone’s work: makeup, hair, body sculptures, teeth, stylist, nails are blended. All you can see is the dimension of the whole, and its vibration.  It is that unity and strength that emanates from it that proves that I succeeded. In that cohesion…I am proud.

What is next for your career goals?

I’d like to go further into creation, research, put teams together on projects, move forward together.  I’d like to delve into my research, maybe join a creation agency to create as a team or contribute to research.  Getting closer to art and nature is essential to progress into a new vision of beauty.  

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

It’s never easy to start, but the most important is the intention and the first impulse.  Then, it’s not a speed race but a stamina one for yourself when facing wishes and difficulties.  I think most importantly is to find yourself, who you are, why we are doing it and for all of this, you should never stop believing.  And live, especially live and take pleasure. 

I’m represented by Bagency in Paris:  https://b-agency.com/artiste/meyloo/

Instagram: @meylo0

David Krovblit

California & Toronto

“My current style is large scale, hand-cut collage. My genre is pop and pop surrealism.”

What country are you from and where do you live?


Born and raised in Toronto. Recently relocated to southern California.

Title of what you do? 
  Visual Artist – Krovblit Inc.

Education background?  Ryerson University – BA in Photography

What is your signature style/artistic expression?  My current style is large scale, hand-cut collage. My genre is pop and pop surrealism.

What was your career turning point/your big break?  Moving to California. Things really opened up once I got here. 
 The scope is so much bigger.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?  Deciding to leave Toronto and move to California was the scariest…so much unknown.
  I felt a lot of pride recently with the amount success I have had exclusively making 
and selling my art.

What is next for your career goals:?
I am currently working on much larger scale projects including hand-cut murals and three dimensional sculptures.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business? 

Firstly – Success comes from the relentless pursuit of your ideas. 


Secondly – Always be flexible enough to move around obstacles so that you 
 can keep inching closer to your dreams. 

Lastly – Never give up!

 

Website:  www.davidkrovblit.com

Instagram: 
 @krovblit1

Facebook:
 https://www.facebook.com/krovblit1 https://www.facebook.com/dave.krovblit

David Krovblit’s pop surrealist collages explore consumerism, sexuality, and other social themes. His “Porthole” series, in particular, juxtaposes retro exploration gear, floral arrangements, and Western iconography.

Yael Malkin

Toronto

“Be patient.  Practice lots and be kind to yourself.”

 

What country are you from and where do you live?

Toronto, Canada.

Title of what you do and what company you work with?

I am a micro-blading master.  I own Brows by Yael boutique in Toronto.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I went to Marvel, makeup school, hair school and PHI Brows Academy.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

I do very natural micro-blading and powder brows.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

I had a transformation on my Instagram when a repost took me from 3K to 10K.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

Opening my own salon.

What is next for your career goals?

I am going to create an academy for micro-blading and permanent makeup!

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

Be patient.  Practice lots and be kind to yourself.

Instagram:  @browsbyYael

Facebook:  yaelmalkin

Website:  www.browsbyYael.com

Damien Carney

London, UK & New York

Your training is essential to the path of your career, listen, see, learn and experience all things and then decide where and how you use that information and talents.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I’m from the UK born in Birmingham.  I moved to London when I was sixteen to pursue my hairdressing training. I now live in NYC and London. I travel between the two cities.  

Title of what you do and the company you work with?

I’m a “Creative Director” in the hairdressing industry.  What does that mean?… Anything and everything to do with hair.  I conduct, training programs, mentoring, coaching, photo shoots, seminars and shows worldwide.  My goal is to inspire hairdressers to grow and develop through educational programs. In addition I’ve worked with some manufacturers to help develop all of the above. 

Currently I am not with a brand.  Anyone can hire me for a day, a week, a month, a year, lol!  I pack my hair kit and travel anywhere worldwide. I develop training programs for any individual, salon and or manufacturer.  The same applies to my photography offerings.  

I work for myself.  There is no set working routine or timetable, no set project, no set location.  That’s what I truly love. I love the freedom and flexibility. I find it important to be with other like minded hairdressers at any level that strive to learn, grow, develop and constantly move forward with our industry.    

Education background (hair school, art school, no school)?

When I left school I knew without a doubt that the hair world was for me.  I was laser focused. I only wanted to pursue a career in hair. Like most hairdressers I went to beauty school in the UK.  I enrolled in a two year full time program and during that time I got a job as a Saturday assistant in a high profile salon.  To me this was very important to marry my beauty school course with real hair time experience in the salon. At the end of my two year beauty school coarse I continued training in the salon to polish, perfect and be the best I could be.  Eventually I became a stylist on the salon floor, cutting and styling hair.  

What is your signature style/artistic expression? 

Individual, interesting, personal, eye catching, unique, memorable.  I find it hard to describe my personal work, as I’m so wrapped up in it.  However, the description is what other people tell me or see in me. So I guess there is some truth behind the words.

I do what “I” want to do when it comes to style or artistic expression.  I don’t mean that in a selfish way. It takes time to discover who you are and what really gets you inspired to develop your own look and or signature. There’s room for everyone in this industry.  I simply want to be Damien. I love to try things I’ve not done before, I fail often and will most likely continue to fail at some things. Yet there are many successes, and magical moments to cherish.

What was your career turning point?

My career turning point was when I attended a show called Wella/Vogue which was a photographic competition.  There were several presentations on a large theatrical stage from some well known hair icons at that time. It was the “Trevor Sorbie” presentation that got me!  I didn’t understand how Trevor created the looks and if there was any commercial value. What Trevor presented was over my head ! It impacted me so much I plucked up the courage to apply for a job at his salon in Covent Garden.  

I wrote him a letter and managed to get an interview which required me to present models with my cutting work to him.  I went back to present to him twice over a three month timeframe and got the job! At Trevor’s training was always on going and I believe in that so much. The time, detail, traveling, conversations, photo shoots, etc were all simply amazing.

As I became familiar with the “Trevor Sorbie” Culture I moved from the salon in covent Garden to  “The Trevor Sorbie Academy Of Hair” where I was a teacher, conducting seminars, shows world wide. All of this happened because of the Wella/Vogue hair event I attended.  I ask myself, what would have happened if I had not gone. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. 

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

My scariest and proudest moment was the first time I demonstrated a haircut in front of a small, intimate audience.  I felt nervous, shy, incapable and more. I was paired with two other artists who were more experienced than myself. They helped and supported me during the demo thankfully !!!  Like any goal or scary moment we have to face it full on, all or nothing. 

The reality is that I had the skills but I didn’t quite know how to use them.  

What is next for your career goals?

I will continue doing what I have always loved doing, which is hands-on hair education programs of all kinds.  I create unique experiences tailored to the hairdresser’s needs. My clients can determine what they want to learn. They can choose the content and format which makes it personal for them.  I find it’s so important because many questions, situations, scenarios come up during the live experience process. We can learn in many ways but it’s the live hands-on experience that really matters

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the beauty business?

Be clear about what you want from your career.  Be prepared to put your heart and soul into what you do.  Love, love, love what you do. Surround yourself and work with the “best”.  Do your research in your area on jobs, salons, etc. It’s relatively easy to do so today, get researching.  Never be scared to say “no”. No, I don’t want this, no this is not working for me, no I need to find a better salon that cares about their culture and training.  

Your training is essential to the path of your career, listen, see, learn and experience all things and then decide where and how you use that information and talents.  Most importantly have some fun, learn from your mistakes and move on. Remember you’re special, dedicated and love your craft. These words will serve you well. What we put out there is what we get back.

Instagram:  @damiencarneypro

Website:  www.damiencarney.com

 

Magdalena M

Toronto

You have to absolutely love what you do to survive the challenges of running your own business.”

What country are you from and where do you live?

I was born in Poland and moved to Canada with my family in 1989. 

Title of what you do and the company you work with?

I am a freelance photographer and art director.  I work with corporate and editorial clients. On the corporate side, I produce branded content for clients (portraits, interiors, custom stock imagery). . In the editorial field I curate publications and art direct editorial stories.  I’m also part of Stocksy United where I create beauty and cosmetics imagery. 

Education background (art school, no school)?

I studied Fashion Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. After working as a designer for five years I switched careers to photography in 2005.  I did not go to school for photography.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

It’s hard to describe it as a signature style since I shoot so many varied projects: portraits, interiors, fashion, cosmetics.  Emerging from a fashion background, I feel that my work has an editorial aesthetic.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

The obvious turning point was switching careers from fashion design to photography.  I didn’t intend to become a photographer, I found my way towards it. The progress in my career feels like a series of stepping stones rather than a major event or big break.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

This past August I did a speaking engagement in partnership with Nikon Canada.  Public speaking is one of my biggest fears, and it felt like such a feat and an accomplishment (even though I have so much to learn).  I’m glad I accepted the challenge!

What is next for your career goals?

I have several things in the works, but I can’t discuss them at this time. : ) 

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

You have to absolutely love what you do to survive the challenges of running your own business.

Instagram @magdalena.m.photo

Website: magdalena-m.com

JB Mazella

France/London

“My next steps will be to develop the brand together and open salons and academies across the world in the next few years.”

 

What country are you from and where do you live?

I am originally from the South East of France.  I have now lived in the UK (London) for the past twenty years.

Title of what you do and the company you work with?

I am the Director and Owner of M&P.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?

I did my apprenticeship in a small salon in France.  To pass the general hairdressing exams we had to go to school one day a week. I passed the general exam then I passed a second exam in France called the “Brevet Professionel”.  This is a separate exam that allows you to open your own salon. Without it you cannot be a salon owner. I moved to London and started working for a globally renowned brand where I became one of their Creative Directors.  I held this position for ten years then decided to start something new and created M&P.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?

We believe in a very strong understanding and control of our fundamentals.  The ethos of the brand is “Not just how to cut and colour hair, but why”. First, it is essential for us that every style we do a has a strong technical approach.  Second, even if we work with English precision cutting we have worked in France and we control and master precision styling which is essential for the beauty of any work.  Last, we believe in suitability, so all haircuts and colours are unique to the individual.

What was your career turning point/your big break?

2001- My arrival in London

2011- The Start of M&P

2019- The new direction of our company with my superb team!

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?

The scariest was being on stage in front of two thousand people on my first show ever in 2001.  But really, if this moment was magic it was because my mum was in the front row.  To see the smile on her face really made me proud as she is the main reason of my development today with the constant support she always gave me!

What is next for your career goals?

I have a brilliant team of creative individuals.  My next steps will be to develop the brand together and open salons and academies across the world in the next few years.  Arriving soon we have Dubai and Vietnam opening.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?

1- Listen to your heart, there is always the answer within.

2- Learn from who you believe is the very best for you and work harder than anybody else to reach your goals.

3- Never stop, it is not going to be easy…but then again, if it was it would not be worth it!

4- Surround yourself with people that bring you up (chase the narcissist from your life- the ones they call energy vampires are the worst kind because they are masters in disguise).

5- Give – give and give even more, our craft is about sharing which is the most beautiful way to help others.  Always carry on learning for yourself.

Instagram: @MazellaandPalmer

Facebook: MazellaandPalmer

Website:  www.mazellaandpalmer.com

JB talks about his LIVE “with” event concept and the success of the Toronto Event:

 

Michael Polsinelli

Los Angeles

It was a dream to stand on the stage where they hold the Oscars and perform in front of five thousand people.”

What country are you from and where do you live?
I was born in the amazing city of Toronto, Canada. I was transferred to Los Angeles in 2000 to work for Sebastian Professional and currently reside in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Title of what you do and the company you work with?
I am a Global Artist for Davines which originates from Parma, Italy.  I also have my education company called Fusion Methodology which is a system that explores hair cutting, hair design and avant-garde.

Education background (Hair school, art school, no school)?
I attended Humber College in Toronto for two years completing the apprentice program to become a hairdresser.

What is your signature style/artistic expression?
I am an eclectic hairdresser that is somewhat unconventional with the approach of how I work with hair. I believe that you should be able to do a little or a lot of everything technically. I’ve been also recognized for my Avante Garde/Creative pieces.

What was your career turning point/your big break?
My career turning point happened when I met Robert Lobetta. He took me under his wing and gave me a chance to prove myself and grow into the creative artist I’ve become. He trained my eye to recognize that less is more and that there is beauty in the art of being perfectly imperfect! We worked together for the better part of a decade and created countless amounts of collections and imagery.

What was your scariest and proudest moment in your career?
One of the scariest moments was when we were working with snakes on a photoshoot and the snake wasn’t having it and became well lets just say…very irritated. Another scary moment was when I was on stage and my model passed out and fell out of my chair. She forgot to mention a small detail, that she had narcolepsy. It is pretty funny looking back but not at the time.

One of my proudest moments was creating thirty eight looks for one of the most creative and theatrical hair shows ever for Robert Lobetta at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. It was a dream to stand on the stage where they hold the Oscars and perform in front of five thousand people.

What is next for your career goals?
To keep learning and pushing my creative limits for sure. I want to keep giving back to the industry any way I can because it has given me so much. I would like to keep expanding my education globally and touch as many great artists as possible. One day I would love to have a professional exhibit and showcase all my avant-garde pieces that I’ve created over the years and donate the proceeds to charity.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your business?
I would say to stay the course because it’s a long road to becoming a good hairdresser and truly understanding the craft. Having said that, passion and commitment will get you to where you want to be. Be hungry to learn and take as many hands on classes as you can that is financially possible. Online learning is good but there is nothing better than one on one education. Find a salon that invests in education and that is constantly evolving and growing. Surround yourself with artists who are skilled and learn from them. They will mentor you into becoming the artist you dream to be.

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