KB: Would you ever open your own salon?
DS: Yes, with the right situation, at the right time. It wouldn’t be just any salon. I know how hard it is to own, manage and operate a salon, and I feel like I’m not ready, maybe in a few more years. Of course, it would cater only to men. KB: What would you change about the beauty industry?
DS: The competition between artists. All hairdressers should be kind to each other, there is plenty of available work for all of us. Not to mention, we can all learn from each other so why be so competitive with each other? Jealousy has no place within our art.
KB: Your book is such a complete guide to freelancing. What do you hope readers will gain by reading it?
DS: I hope the reader will have a much easier time breaking into the industry than I did. And that the reader gains the con dence needed in order to also become a successful freelance hair or make-up artist. Working in entertainment and fashion is de nitely not the right path for everyone. However if you have the burning desire within you to pursue a freelance career, my hope is that after reading Shortcuts is that you now know exactly how to make your dream of freelancing come true. On her new man, Mitch…
KB: What’s your relationship with JPMS, and how have you been involved in launching the Mitch line?
DS: We rst connected through my interest and passion for the Paul Mitchell schools and have partnered ever since. I have always admired their commitment to future professionals and their performance-driven products. Currently, we have partnered on the creation of their new Mitch brand men’s grooming product line. Their commitment to hairdressers and my passion and expertise on men’s grooming make it a perfect match.
KB: How was that work exciting?
DS: It’s both exciting and rewarding in so many ways. It’s exciting to be surrounded by such talented hairdressers as Robert Cromeans, Takashi Kitamura, and the artists on their global artistic team. At the end of the day, regardless of the type of work or clients I have, I am a proud and passionate hairdresser. Paul Mitchell also speaks to my inner need to educate aspiring artists. They have created several opportunities from the beauty school level to the experienced artist where I can teach them the art of men’s grooming and also how to break into the fashion and entertainment industry. Not only do I get to teach others but the artists at Paul Mitchell also teach me new techniques as well.
KB: How does the Mitch line represent you as an artist?
DS: I am all about simplicity. Men’s grooming should not be complicated. It shouldn’t be complicated for the hairstylists or the consumer. The entire line delivers a straightforward, simple and effective approach to men’s grooming. In a nutshell, that is exactly how I approach my own art.
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