Vidal Sassoon talks about his new movie
Modern Salon's Editor Laurel Nelson caught up with Vidal Sassoon about his new movie, his career highlights and his advice for hair stylists in an exclusive podcast. Hereâs a peek into their conversation:
Laurel Nelson: How much input did you have into making "Vidal Sassoon The Movie"?
Vidal Sassoon: I was involved in the whole process. You canât have a film made about yourself without being involved. Between [Producer] Michael Gordon and [Director] Craig Teper, they truly put something together. Youâve got to remember, thereâs no actors in thisâitâs just people I worked with over the years.
Laurel Nelson: What is the main message of the movie that salon professionals can walk away with?
Vidal Sassoon: I donât think thereâs anything quite as exciting as what we do. Hairdressing is the only craft where you take a faceâmaybe someone youâve never seen beforeâyou look at the bone structure, the height, and the body structure of the woman. You get a feeling, and then you start cutting. If she glides out with a glint in her eye, you know youâve been successful. There is no other craft where you can physically at that moment change somebodyâs look. That alone should make people excited. It certainly made me excited.
Laurel Nelson: What advice do you have for a stylist whoâs just starting out and wants to make a name for
Vidal Sassoon: Itâs really an inner self. You can either be lethargic in life or you can feel yourself. Most young people you talk to donât realize they have passion within them. They feel ordinary. They shouldnât because if you are prepared to give so much of yourself to any creative art form, somethingâs going to come out of you because itâs within all of us.
Laurel Nelson: In your career youâve had the salons, the training, the schools, the product line, youâve been in numerous shows: If you could name one thing, what are you most proud of?
Vidal Sassoon: The training. It would appear that what we had to teach was wanted in many parts of the world by many hairdressers; and of course we love teaching because if you teach something to yourself, it becomes a
secret. It dies. If you open academies of schools and you teach what you have to teach, it becomes something thatâs part of the norm. The fact that we managed to get our message out there to so many people who wanted it, utilized it, and have taken it further, that has to be it. Doing one super cut that was different, that was all terribly exciting, but being involved with so many hairdressers worldwide, nothing could beat that actually.
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