MS: Why did/do you enter NAHA?
FR: “I always had an interest in fashion and doing hair for magazines. I would buy Italian Vogue and look at who took the pictures and who did the hair and make-up. When I saw the information to enter NAHA, I felt it was something I wanted to try.”
MS: Do you feel entering these competitions is important to the growth of hairdressers?
FR: “I believe when you enter competitions like NAHA you grow as a person and expand your creative horizons. I felt it gave me the confidence to try and do the things I am doing today—like creating my newest company, Rsession Tools and doing editorial work and fashion shows. My feeling is: Do it whether you fail or succeed because it is better to have tried than wondering what could have been.”
MS: How do you plan and assemble a team for any photo shoot?
FR: Have a storyboard with images of work you like. Lighting and props set the mood. When you pick a photographer, look at his or her work beforehand. Look at models’ books and always see them in person. Next is your stylist. Make sure to look at his or her work beforehand; the same goes for make-up artists. Convey your message to your team but be open to their suggestions.
MS: Which was your favorite entry and why?
FR: My favorite entry was the year I won NAHA using a lifestyle collection shot outside instead of in a studio. I was inspired by a story I saw in Italian Vogue—Patrick Demarchelier shot the pictures.
MS: Will you enter NAHA again?
FR: I probably will not enter again because my creative energies are focused on creating products and building Rsession Tools and Rizzieri.