What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
The first time I got hired to work on a music video shoot, I was terrified. In retrospect, they weren’t even paying me that much, but at the time I felt massive imposter syndrome. I felt so guilty to be getting paid what felt like a huge amount to me when I’d never worked on a shoot before.
In reality, I had the training to do the hair that I was doing, but I felt like I had absolutely no clue just because I’d never been on the set of a music video before. Someone said to me: “No one in there has any idea that you have no idea what you’re doing. As far as they know, you’re the most qualified person for the job. Even if you feel like you know nothing, you still know a great deal more about hair than anyone else on the shoot. So go in there and act like you are absolutely meant to be there and you know exactly what you’re doing.”
When you’re starting out – especially if you’re not a cis white male with confidence embedded in your veins – everything is going to feel out of your depth and terrifying. So feel the fear and do it anyway.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar career?
I started modelling just through applying to every single casting call I saw on social media.
If you want to get into hairdressing, I’d say an apprenticeship is definitely the way to go.
You can enrol through a college or a salon, but my recommendation would be to go through a salon. That way, you can learn on the job and get used to the actual working environment.