KB: Do you currently work in a salon?
DS: No, I’m strictly freelance. Sometimes I work on set, and sometimes it’s a hotel or house call. I go where I’m needed. Sometimes I’m traveling on a press junket with the talent. On the job….
KB: What do you do on a press junket?
DS: It’s fun, but a lot of work! Press junkets usually take place at a hotel. The hair and make-up artists are always the first to show up to get the talent ready for a day of roomto- room interviews. I’ll be there all day, following the actor, touching up their hair or make-up every few minutes. They need to have the same look all day. For photo shoots and magazine covers, I’ll get to change the looks and collaborate with the actor, magazine photo editor and the photographer.
KB: What is the difference between working with actors and highprofile men vs. ‘regular guys?’
DS: The difference in working with an actor is they tend to be very up on their grooming skills already, but I’ll still do a consultation if it’s the first time I’ve worked with them. I focus on eyebrows, ear hair, nose hair, beard trimming, and skin care. Lucky for them they’re already good looking, and only need a bit of cosmetics—a little concealer and some powder. It’s important the skin looks moist, but not greasy. I pay attention to their nails, chest and armpit hair for photo shoots. Every man needs a little grooming.
KB: What’s in your professional kit?
DS: Everything you need in the salon, and also a flatiron, Velcro rollers, round brush and, of course, styling products. Many celebrity men have longer hair than salon guys do, so the round brushes and rollers come in handy.
KB: How do you feel about nose hair?
DS: What I do is a bit different from barbering from the neck up—often I need to work head to toe. It doesn’t bother me to trim nose hair, it’s part of the job.
KB: How much time do you usually spend getting one of your clients ready for an appearance?
DS: I’ll spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. It all depends on what kind of job is at hand that day. Sometimes I’ll be asked to work with hand-tied lace front wigs. For example, Will Ferrell liked to do his Anchorman press interviews in his Ron Burgundy character. So I worked with a wig, moustache, and sideburns consistently, for every appearance.
KB: How does your freelance grooming work differ from working in a salon?
DS: You can’t make a mistake with this kind of work—it’s going live, on television or oncamera. You have to be extremely skilled in what you’re doing. It’s not just the hair. These men need both hair and make-up. Yes, many of my clients are extremely handsome, but each one of my clients is equally important to me. On the Hollywood factor…