Tell us about real-life experience and working in a barbershop…
I started cutting my mate’s hair at Servilles, then Red (one of the tutors here) owns a shop in Te Atatu. I then asked him if I could come into his shop to gain a bit of work experience and I just started sweeping hair, talking to customers and learning off the other barbers. I did that for about a month (every Monday), he then offered me an apprentice job there and for the past four weeks, I’ve been working there full-time.
What’s it like being part of the academy community?
It’s not, like, secluded; barbers aren’t by themselves, hairdressers aren’t by themselves, everyone kind of joins together. We get an hour break for lunch time, everyone goes off to K Road and has lunch.
I was also part of the TBC photoshoot. We spent the day walking around, taking photos – it was a really cool experience. Everyone joined together and it was a great time. It’s a good community at Servilles.
Do you have any advice for aspiring barbers?
I think if you’ve got good people skills, just give it a go. I had a mate who was a barber and I learnt a lot from him, just being in a barbershop. I was a bit scared to at first, especially being a bit older and going back to study, but everyone’s great here.
We take a lot of photos during our time and the cuts we do and just watching us progress and watching your friends progress too is really cool because you do it all together.
I think just give it a go!