"My aspirations in life are to be an Editorial hair stylist, to share and create beautiful hair with the world. Also, share my knowledge of my craft to others so we can all grow. Because when we grow, our teams grow and when our teams grow our industry grows and when our industry grows we push more boundaries, and more dream comes true."
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Tell us something about yourself. What you do, passion and aspiration in life?
I'm Andrew, and I'm a 22-year-old dude just trying to make magic out of combs and brushes. I'm a hair stylist from New Zealand and hope to one day be an Editorial Stylist travelling the world perfecting my craft. My love and passion for this industry are so great; I love seeing others achieve and strive to create magic. My passion truly lies in just trying to create beautiful hair every single day..
Who is your inspiration in life? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is the great Guido Palau and Richard Kavanagh. These two have taken hair to the next level.. Perfecting 'that easy hair' and making it look easy when is the most difficult.. then pushing the boundaries and creating new ways that the hair and beauty industries can thrive. I keep inspired by trying to make every hair style/cut better than the one before, constantly shooting so I can improve and have 'that light bulb' moment where a new vision or dream is created and comes to life. I also set goals; goals are the key to success. They give you motivation and inspiration the succeed and keep moving forward but honestly by just trying to do what I do everyday but making everyday greater than yesterday.
What is your aspiration in life?
My aspirations in life are to be an Editorial hair stylist, to share and create beautiful hair with the world. Also, share my knowledge of my craft to others so we can all grow. Because when we grow, our teams grow and when our teams grow our industry grows and when our industry grows we push more boundaries, and more dream comes true.
We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
There're all times we make mistakes, there's nothing I could change about the mistakes I've made because they shape us to who we are today, there's always times that I always wished I had used different words, though!
When you’re working with a large number of customers, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritising your customers’ needs?
I always make time for a client, no matter what the situation. You can never short cut in our industry, so you always need support. That's when we appreciate the apprentices a lot! They will either blow dry or shampoo for me while I get 10-15 minutes with my clients with there hair style making sure that all the needs are meet without comprising anything!
Tell me about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities.
Every day you have to be strategic. You have to plan and always listen. There's not one specific time I had to be strategic. I believe every day with our craft you have to be.
Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
It's never about persuading. We all see things differently and our all wired differently. It's more about understanding each other and level that we can both work at. It's something I establish early on with my work colleagues in a working relationship.
Tell me about your proudest professional accomplishment.
My proudest professional accomplishment is recently winning the Young Talent Categorie in Loreal Colour Trophy 2016 In New Zealand and also picking up the MindFood magazine award too! Also recently heading to New York to work at New York Fashion week.
Give me an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I'm always able to be creative with my work. It's always exciting in so many ways. You get to create a new look or a new image for someone or business/magazine. The exciting thing about it is you have a lot of creative freedom, so you get to feel the hair and create magic out of combs and brushes. You get to create a story, a mood and create a character! Who wouldn't think that exciting and fun!?
What was your most challenging encounter? How did you deal with it?
There're been many challenging encounters. Mostly with clients. It's hard because of 'the clients always right', and sometimes you have to suck it up. Generally, I deal with it by just having empathy by understanding and getting on their level and listening. Most of all making them feel like a princess is a good start!
What advice could you give to the people who are reading this?
Love your craft, be passionate, always dream big and never give up.
Photo Credit and Booking Information:
Matthew Barnes Photography
Maegan Mcdowell Photography
Steven Chee (photography)
Briahna Patterson Photography
Val Cabadonga Photography
Peter Blaxter (Fargo.jpg photography)
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