Profession: Hair stylist for print, film and television
Why do you do what you do? Connecting with and transforming people is a big part of why I love doing hair.
Could you describe your style and how it developed? Recreating hair from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s always inspires me. I don’t want to discount the natural beauty that people are embracing today, but something about setting hair and backcombing it always makes me happy.
Where do you get inspiration from? I’ve always been drawn to films of the past, or the way women would go to the beauty parlor once a week to have their “look” done back in the day. I use a lot of that influence in my work, as far as creating that vintage glamour you see in movies with Faye Dunaway and other films like that. The practicality of women today don’t have time or the patience for all that.
What is the best part about working within the creative industries? Collaborating with people who want to make something new, interesting and beautiful.
What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? The 16 hour work days.
Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? I used to want to push things in a weird way to be different, which didn’t always work. I find now after doing hair for 15 years that I will never regret keeping it classic and beautiful.
Who would you like to work with? I would love to design wigs for Milk from Rupaul’s Drag Race. I totally vibe with his aesthetic.
What is your idea of success? Creating beautiful work on amazing projects and going on vacation every three months.
Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work? Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way. Making someone feel good about themselves always helps bring that out.
Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country? Yes. Whenever I leave the bubble of New York City I realize that the US is definitely lacking in uniqueness and artistic expression. People are brainwashed by shows like The Kardashians and other reality tv that are making them think that money and fame make you more desirable. It’s sad.
In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? Very important. People need to be inspired by something beautiful when we’re always being bombarded by the horrible things going on in the world today.