A number of award winner, proprietor of two profitable retailers, Andis educator and clothes line entrepreneur – not dangerous for a younger man who has but to have fun his 30th birthday!
I used to be delighted to fulfill the superb Angel Raws on the Orlando Premiere on the suggestion of my pal Eileen Nunez from Nice Clips. I found a artistic particular person whose barbering relationship with fellow artists – comparable to many hip-hop stars – isn’t any shock. I all the time love sharing with you the numerous methods individuals discover barbering success, and Angel’s story is a good one.
Angel stunned me instantly with this opening story: he initially picked up clippers to assist his skilled skateboarding dream!
“I used to be 16, using for a few firms,” he advised me. “So far as a sponsor for skateboarding, the store I used to be using for closed. My mother had clippers sitting within the storage; she is a cosmetologist. So I picked them up and began doing haircuts for buddies for a bit of further money so I might purchase boards and footwear.”
It didn’t take Angel lengthy to comprehend he’d discovered his true ardour. “As soon as I picked up the clippers, I left all of it behind, and I simply fell in love with the business,” he advised me. “I received my license in 2010 and ever since I’ve been in 50-plus reveals and all throughout the US.”
Angel is the form of particular person open to progress and alternative. What he noticed in males’s grooming gave him rapid motivation.
“Once I first got here into the business, it was a Bronner Brothers hair present my mother advised me about, and it opened my eyes to what the barbering business was,” he remembers. ”I didn’t know there was a lot you might do with a barbering license, that there have been individuals chopping celebrities’ hair. I couldn’t even fathom that you might be an educator; you possibly can go and compete and do all this. It gave me inspiration.”
Angle seized one other alternative when a contact invited him to a “Barbers on the Roundtable” networking occasion. “It was by Curtis Smith,” he mentioned, “and the entire XOTICs crew was there – Jesse Lima, Denny from Andis, Kenny Duncan – all the large names, and I used to be simply watching. It impressed me to compete and do the issues that they have been doing .”
Angel realized he needed to “get my title on the market” and it was his fierce skateboarder competitiveness that advised a method: “I began to search for competitions (I might be a part of) so individuals would know who I used to be ‘cuz I felt I had the talent to get to the place these individuals have been.”
His lecturers funded a visit to the New York Barber Battle, “my first time even touring on my own,” he says with a smile. “I ended up taking the trophy! I used to be so amped up after that. I imply, I went to New York, I win this huge trophy, I received this $1,000 test, it was an incredible expertise.”
“However that wasn’t the one which meant probably the most,” he continued. “I got here again to Bronner Brothers and so they had the Andis total competitors, the place you needed to costume the mannequin and do the haircut to match. Andis has been my favourite firm since I began, so it was a giant deal to me to compete, although I used to be nonetheless at school.”
Angel demonstrated one other key to his success by the way in which he approached the competitors: he deliberate, ready and practiced. For months.
“I had it down pat by the point I did it stay,” he advised me. “I did a giant shark on one facet and an octopus on the opposite and I dressed my man up as a scuba diver with the air tank the flippers and all the pieces – so when he walked out on stage, he was strolling all humorous.” The group and the judges cherished it.
“My mother was there and everybody who was supporting me, and that was one of many largest highlights of my profession. “
As an Andis educator, Angel is influencing barbers throughout, however he doesn’t concentrate on a selected lower. “It’s extra of the fashion, numerous the true shut fades, bald fades,” he says. “The stylish cuts just like the Mohawks.”
“Individuals are right into a clean-cut haircut, extra of the pores and skin fade, that has numerous element, that’s extra my fashion. On Instagram you will notice that I don’t go away a one guard on the facet. I simply do primarily pores and skin fades with numerous element.”
Once I pressed Angel on his strongest talent, I used to be positive it might relate to chopping hair however he had one other shock. His actual sturdy swimsuit is group and repair, one thing each barber ought to sit up and spot.
“Being organized,” he mentioned to me, “caring for my purchasers on time, being there when the consumer expects it.” It sounds easy however so many barbers neglect this fundamental service, he says.
“They won’t present up for an appointment, or they’re late,” he observes. “I satisfaction myself on being punctual. I lower lots of people like medical doctors and attorneys – individuals who have jobs and don’t have time to hang around within the store. That’s my specialty: being accessible and on time.”
Angel is on high of one other development within the business: bookings by app. It has freed him and his purchasers from cellphone interruptions, one other service concern. “There isn’t any want for me whereas I’m caring for this consumer to be on the cellphone with the following consumer,” he says. “(An app) offers my purchasers entry to my schedule, so it could be 2 a.m. and individuals are reserving me. I’d get up within the morning and I’ve had 6 purchasers e book throughout the night time. They didn’t should name me; they didn’t should textual content me. It’s simply handy.”
Along with his two Florida retailers, Raws Cuts 1 and a pair of, I needed to find out about his rising clothes line, a implausible thought he calls “Barber Life.”
He tells me his retailers are household fashion with a relaxed environment the place wives and youngsters really feel comfy, “an actual tight household and with all my barbers you’ll really feel that vibe.”
His clothes line is one other instance of an observant man seizing a chance. Angel contacted a screen-printing pal in New York with an thought:
“I reached out to my associate BV and mentioned, ‘There isn’t any barbering clothes line, no brand of barbering.’ So we got here up with Barber Life, and we went to the Bronner Brothers present with a backpack full of those shirts and we offered out, individuals have been consuming them up proper out of the bag. The following yr we had a sales space and it was only a hit. We would have liked to get a web site collectively, and it has taken off. Now we have executed 50-plus reveals, we’ve executed barber battles, the web site – www.theprofessionalsbarbeshop.com – it has simply been a blessing, man.”
What the long run holds for this bold and proficient barber and businessman is a thriller for now (“We’re taking it daily”), although he loves working in barber training. As for his inspiration as of late, he says there are various individuals he seems to be as much as, however he feels comfy now sharing his classes with individuals beginning out, which I’m thrilled to move alongside to you!
“Don’t be scared,” he says, very critically. “It could be monetary; it could be you don’t wish to stand up on the stage and compete. You’ll be able to’t have it as a result of with concern you aren’t going to go anyplace. You’ll be caught in a field since you are afraid to do something exterior of that field.”
Angel says Andis as soon as requested him to show a category in Spanish, a job that drove him again to the books and made him nervous since he wasn’t positive he might pull it off. “I communicate Spanish with my mother daily,” he laughs, however that was about it!
“However I did it. I studied and I realized the phrases I wanted, and I used to be nervous, however I didn’t let the concern get to me. I might not be sitting right here capable of let you know that I’m an Andis educator (if I hadn’t)
“So put your self on the market, any alternative that you just get, and don’t be afraid.”
I appreciated Angel’s humility; he’s grounded. Once I requested him his largest accomplishment, for instance, he mentioned with out hesitation, “Getting my license.”
“With out that, I might not be right here. I really consider you aren’t a barber with out that license. For me, that’s the largest second. That’s what opened the door for me. That’s what made me a barber.”
An ideal ending to an incredible dialog. My due to Angel Raws for his invaluable time and Eileen Nunez for suggesting we meet. Be sure you watch Angel’s interview and different fascinating conversations with barbering’s most attention-grabbing individuals at my YouTube at LarrytheBarberman. ‘Til subsequent time joyful barbering!
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