UPDATE 5.19.14: Out of 1100 entries to the American Crew All-Star Challenge, a men’s styling and photo shoot competition, only 14 stylists were chosen to compete for the global title. They came to Lisbon, Portugal for two days of photo shoots with American Crew founder and photographer, David Raccuglia to realize their vision. Jerome Kantner of Germany was crowned the All-Star Global Champion on April 28, 2014.
The final photo that was created in Lisbon is the first displayed here while the second photo was the winning country entry and the image that secured the stylists a place in the global challenge. Brief interviews were conducted at the photo studio.
Meet Canada's Country Winner and competitor, Jacob Rozenberg:
He was the very first to pick a model and the very first to start styling. Alone in the room with his model, Jacob said he felt the nerves start to creep in. “I felt like I had never done this before.” But once he started removing weight from the hair and the shape began to appear, it was clear he knew what he was doing.
“I really wanted to showcase my skills, to have a nice tapered fade because that is very classic and very current, and on the top I wanted to throw product in it and put some life into it,” Jacob said. “My model’s face shape was ideal so I could have a bit more graduation on the sides. You see the beautiful graduated side, you see the jawbone.”
He looked to American stars Justin Timberlake and Gordon Joseph Levitt for inspiration. “They are playing with their style. They are not over the top, full on couture, but they are current and masculine.”
Jacob entered his first hair competition at 16 and finds it helps keep skills sharp and stylists inspired. “I like change and if you do the same things for too long you get bored. My heart lies in the art which is competition. I continually challenge myself because you have to shoot for the stars. You can’t learn how to win if you don’t risk losing."
STYLING BY JACOB ROZENBERG
I started styling my sister’s hair at the age of seven, cutting and coloring hair for friends at summer camp, and I executed my first wedding hair style at the age of 12. I started professional training at hair school at the age of 16, after which I was placed at the Lounge Hair Studio in Vancouver where I worked for nine years. During that time, I started entering hair competitions and found a passion for them – I spent all my spare time planning photo shoots, preparing for live contests, and won many that I entered! Everything changed for me in 2012 when I attended a professional academy in London; I was influenced by European styles and began pushing myself more creatively.