MODERN: Have you ever had an issue with look? Something you would NOT want to do?
BCH: It’s important to compromise. Sometimes the designer as a concept and it just doesn’t work. You have to have that meeting and sometimes, if you can’t reach an agreement, you HAVE to make it work. I would never pass on the opportunity just because I didn't like the hair.
MODERN: What should hairdressers or makeup artists expect, especially first-timers?:
BCH: Everyone thinks people are making lots of money at fashion week. The only people that do are the big name leads. Don’t expect to make ANY money. Sometimes there is a little that may cover flight and hotel, but usually the support team is filled with talented volunteers.
MODERN: So why do it?:
BCH: The residual effect is huge. It meas a lot to my existing clients. It always comes up in local coverage. “Oh my God…there is someone here who goes to fashion week!” The money comes after the fact. However, when the designers want to shoot their collections, if I’ve made an impression, they will bring me in and pay me to do the hair. There are different ways. I may not get paid directly from the designer, but the money does come.
MODERN: Any tips for new hairdressers on how to approach someone to get on a team?:
BCH: For that recent beauty school grad who wants to do fashion week, look for the local person who may have connections. Go online…facebook, twitter, people you admire. If its Ted or Orlando or Guido…whoever inspires you , reach out to him. Express yourself. Point it out. That’s how I did it. I reached out to Ted. I sent an email to his salon. Then I got the call from his assistant and was invited to be on his team to do one show. Now he has an established team, but if you can find those people who are up and coming, reach out to that person. He or she may not respond, but you never know. I have a woman who works with me every season who is from Oklahoma. She contacted me on Facebook. Now I have a core list. I reach out to them first, but if there is an opening, I am willing to take a chance on new people.
MODERN: What should someone new expect:
BCH: Be prepared. NYFW doesn’t always mean Lincoln Center or the tents. Many shows are offsite. I’ve done one at a restaurant where we had to do hair and makeup at the coffee shop across the street. We had to work on top of each other, around each other. There was snow everywhere. We had to go back and forth across the street! And this was a big known designer. You must be adaptable. This is what I said I wanted to do and I have to accept those gigs which have made me what I am. There must be a level of humility. This is for the people who are truly passionate about what they do and flexible.
MODERN: Once you've accepted a show, you say you make it work, but have you ever turned down a show?:
BCH: I have turned down shows, but it's rare. I want to connect with the designer. My brand is classic style that is effortless. High couture, edgy but with classic overtones and approachable.
MODERN: So, bottom line, is it worth it?
BCH: Every single second.