Jody Taylor: How To Lower It, As a profitable Session Hair Stylist


Late final yr, I headed to Salon Worldwide; while there I used to be glad to fulfill with the session stylist Jody Taylor. I believe it’s truthful to say that a lot of the magazines you see down the newsagents have most likely featured Jody’s work in some unspecified time in the future – both contained in the pages or on the entrance cowl. He discovered time in his very busy schedule to inform us a little bit bit about his job.  

I do know that lots of people studying this most likely haven’t any actual idea of a what a session stylist actually does, so I requested Jody to offer us a fast abstract of his typical day: 

“My day actually consists of me engaged on a location or in a studio – so on a regular basis could be a completely different day for me. It may be wherever, and I usually get to the shoot for eight or 9 o’clock, ensuring I’ve received my full package with me.  

“I’ve received hundreds of merchandise I must take with me: I’ve received two huge suitcases filled with tongs, straighteners, all kinds of equipment. So, I’m lugging them round London or in Ubers making an attempt to get to the situation. After which I’m creating hair that I don’t now I’m going to be doing till I get there. So, if it’s for a model it’s to coincide for what the model is, if it’s for {a magazine} then they’re making an attempt to create a sure kind of character.” 

Which means that Jody shall be proven a temper board and talked by way of the idea for a shoot, after which he’ll must give you a idea that works. It appears like exhausting work, and having thick pores and skin comes with territory as generally the primary thought shall be rejected: 

“My purchasers now aren’t simply people who find themselves in my chair having their hair lower. They’re manufacturers and magazines, so I’ve to be on my toes.” 

Getting right down to enterprise 

When you’ve by no means labored on a shoot you then’re most likely picturing merely turning up and offering the haircut. It’s really a complete lot extra difficult, and there are lots of people that Jody has to gel with when he reaches the set. That features the photographer, with a number of assistants, a stylist with assistants and somebody from the model. Jody factors out that “it may be fairly intimidating (…) however it may be a variety of enjoyable as effectively.”  

When you’re questioning whether or not to observe Jody’s recommendation, then this subsequent bit may impress you. I requested him to run by way of a fast checklist of individuals he’s labored with and the checklist is simply staggering: 

  • Vogue magazines around the globe 
  • New York Instances 
  • Actors throughout premieres, reminiscent of Jack O’Connell 

Regardless of all of it, he stays cool and composed. So, with all this below his belt, I used to be notably to listen to what his largest achievement so far has been. I’m not stunned by the reply although: taking the title of Greatest Hairdresser of the 12 months again in 2010/11.  

“It was the third time I entered that I received, I’d received into the ultimate yr earlier than. And at the moment that was the one shoot I did every year. Simply a lot work went into it – understanding what kind of lighting I needed, what the temper was, what haircuts I needed to do. 

“It was every thing for me again then. So, I encourage anybody that’s contemplating it to enter it, as a result of it modified my life. It’s a very good method to present your creativity. Do what you suppose is your type: if individuals prefer it they prefer it and in the event that they don’t so be it, however don’t try to conform to what you see different persons are doing.” 

Doing issues otherwise 

Some individuals could be tempted to name it a profession after this a lot success, however for Jody there’s loads extra nonetheless to come back. In the meanwhile he’s loving the chance to do one thing a little bit bit completely different along with his work: 

“There’s a variety of rawness to what I do now. Actually type of anti-perfect hair.  Everybody does excellent hair. Everybody does excellent hair amazingly. So my factor is, make it not excellent – however make it look good on the identical time. So actually, anti-hairdressing, anti-barbering.”  

I’d say that he’s additionally one thing of a visionary, with a capability to inform the place the tendencies are going to be within the subsequent few months and even subsequent yr. Apparently, although, it’s extra science than magic and Jody’s tip is to look to youth tradition, popular culture, music and movie to see the place the disruptions are taking place. Most significantly, he says that you could at all times strive one thing completely different: “Some individuals may suppose they know every thing, and it’s actually unhappy. As a result of you possibly can at all times get higher”.  

He’s additionally planning to do issues otherwise in his personal profession, shifting into the tutorial house. I requested what area of interest he’ll be carving out: 

“I simply actually need to share the expertise that I’m having now. Perhaps I really feel assured sufficient now with what I’m doing to really share it with individuals. And I believe there’s been a very nice interlink with barbering and hairdressing over the previous three or four years.  

“Individuals was once very close-minded about one or the opposite, and barbers need to know methods to do hairdressing, hairdressers need to know methods to barber and when you’re good at each of them and know methods to create seems to be as effectively, I believe that’s nice. So I believe I’ve received stuff to carry to the desk in that sense. I’ve received stuff that I can share”.  

Ideas for the up and coming session stylists 

So, if you need to turn into a session stylist, what do you have to do? Right here’s a rundown of Jody’s suggestions: 

  • Contact numerous completely different hair businesses: you need to create a portfolio of labor! Jody factors out that he’s at all times been employed based mostly on the portfolio of labor that he has to supply, “so it must be actually assorted, however clearly it must be tasteful as effectively”.  
  • Push your self on the market. Jody began by knocking on doorways, doing a great deal of completely different shoots simply to verify he had work to share. 
  • Be ready to begin from the start: success in hairdressing doesn’t essentially translate to success as a session stylist. There’s loads extra to be taught, and you might want to work exhausting to construct your popularity. 

I’m positive loads of individuals studying this can see that final level as a problem – if that’s the case, it might be nice to see you rise to fulfill it! For extra suggestions and informative interviews like this one, don’t neglect to search out me as @LarrytheBarberMan on Instagram, YouTube and Fb.  

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