As one of the most respected colorists in the industry, the former Color Director for Nick Arrojo and Rodney Culter in NYC, is a cultural junkie inspired by international cosmopolitan influences from fashion and global trends to technology. He specializes in social media and salonable haircolor, and creates new experiential educational formats highlighting technology, technique and culture. The ideas he shares with stylists build business and connects them with community so they can “Take Back The Social Network.”
I've had a lot of great things happening lately and I've also been speaking at many beauty schools plus working with a lot of new stylists. One question that often comes up is, "How do you become successful?"
Aside from the obvious answers like, “Be early to work,” “Look Great,” “Do Great Work,” “Keep Educating Yourself” and “Work Hard,” I am often surprised when I ask questions to new stylists such as, “What are you booking now? Or how many guests do you have a week currently?”
For many artists and educators the question of “how can I get the opportunity to travel, teach and share my work” seems like a question without answers. But now, I am sharing my Secrets to Success in our two-day class “So, You Want To Be An Artist” with tips, ideas and formulas that many artists you know have already learned and use in classes that I have taught in the past.
2015 was a big year for me…and I think for our industry in a lot of ways, and it seems for 2016 thinking outside of the box is the best way to stay in the black. Have you seen the video with the guy burning the hair? You probably have, and like me you have probably had someone else tell you about it too. Heck, my mom even told me she saw a segment on a morning news shows talking about it.
I was traveling last week, and when I was flipping through the channels in the hotel I came upon the movie 300. I had seen the movie years ago, sort of by accident at a friend’s house, but I was not really paying attention to it. This time in the hotel room, it was the leader of the Persian army whose entire face was pierced and adorned, was what I saw that made me stop. At this point I had no idea it was a movie I had seen before, I just couldn't figure out all of the places on his cheeks and chin he had pierced.
As I sit here in another very nice hotel, I need to log into the Internet and realize I don't even know my room number…even though I seemed to have gotten myself here. I also realize how lucky I am and what an honor it is to be invited into salon professionals "homes" and share ideas with the team.
Throughout my career, salon professionals often ask me for advice on how to be a platform artist who also teaches and gets to do editorial work too, while also being able to work in the salon!! And, I always joke with them that they want the Willy Wonka Golden Ticket…the magic ticket that opens up the world that can change your life forever, if you do all the right things. Well I just got out of a meeting, and for the first time I think I found the Golden Ticket for those who are willing to work hard enough and really truly want a whole new world of opportunity.