I am an editorial hairdresser.
Should a hairstylists be represented by an agent/agency in New York?
It’s better to be. You can book better jobs, you can get better work.But you still can be independent. You can still book some pretty big work, but just to be able to have the name or say that you have an agent helps. However, it’s not good to sign just to be signed. Doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to work.
The best way to get money?
You can get pretty steady work in e-commerce. The rate isn't the greatest, but you'll know that your bills are paid. So, e-commerce is kind of a great way to go and then, assisting, getting with someone good, and they'll help you pay your bills. You show up, you help them work, and you get a paycheck from them. Granted it's three to six months later, per job, but that's another thing you have to kind of plan for. I definitely think e-commerce is a way to go, or even if you can find a salon that'll let you work one day, two days a week.
Favorite work moments?
Honestly, doing the shows in Europe is my favorite thing. Granted, I'm not key [hairstylist] on those, but eventually I will be. I've got to work with some pretty amazing people and some pretty amazing brands and also go see the world, to me that's really exciting. I've led shows here in New York at Lincoln Center and that was pretty exciting to actually be a key hairdresser. It's something I didn't really expect coming to New York. I had one of those moments where it's like, "OK, I'm doing something correctly." Like, "This is it!”
It was kind of those, "Aha" moments, where you are like, "This is why I came here." It's that feeling and that rush. It's not even about the money at that point. It's just like, "I'm doing what I came here for." It's an achievement.
Number one thing not to do when you are just staring out [as a hairstylist]?
That’s a great question. I think ... I didn’t make any bad mistakes, I got really lucky. I kind of learned the etiquette early on. I would say it’s learning the etiquette. Don’t try and steal people’s clients. Be respectful to other people. You’re going to be hungry and you’re going to want to work, but you also have to know your boundaries when it comes to working with people and working with clients and how to act. I think it’s more mannerisms and respect than anything.
If you weren’t a hairstylist, what would you be doing?
If I didn’t start hairdressing, I would have loved to fly jets. I wanted to be a pilot. But when I’m done hairdressing I will buy a coffee farm in Costa Rica or Ethiopia. I love coffee, so that’s what I plan on doing.