A bit about myself then, shall we? I’m a mid 30s Scotnadian or Canaottish, possibly even Scottanadish… That is, I was born and raised in Canada but now consider myself to have a keen desire to be a Scot, having already moved across Canada from Vancouver to go to uni in New Scotland, which is to say Nova Scotia. Guess my early mid-life crisis is yet another change of career.
After that I spent the better part of twelve years in business administration as an operations manager before moving to Scotland back in 2013 and falling into hospitality management after being laid off from a big global super market chain. I’ve spent that past, nearly, five years managing various restaurants in Glasgow and I absolutely know it’s time for a change!
Why Glasgow… Well, it was because one of my staff members said ‘go to Glasgow, it’ll change your life!’ When I inquired as how a this great, beautiful, vibrant… Windy, annoyingly dreich city of Glasgow change their life, they merely shrugged and said ‘you’ll have to go and find out for yourself now, won’t you.’ Ending their sentence with a wee wink.
Why Barbering? I’m an anti-social social-light, When I’m at home I love to be alone or spend one on one time with my partner, but for work I absolutely adore being around and interacting with people and after years in hospitality I feel that, possibly, barbering and hair styling is very close akin to serving people in a restaurant or bar. But moreso a personal service, as it’s one on one and the only multitasking is about logging and planning each step of the haircut from start to finish, well mostly the only multitasking anyways, what do I know eh?! I basically just want to serve others and make them feel good about themselves and if I can do that as a career, that doesn’t include booze, well that sounds fab to me! So barbering here we come!
2nd week story, sorry we’se missed the first week! #stilldontfeellikeabarber #swordsnallthat let me say this before I start about the course, I stepped out of operations management and into the world of hospitality and fell in love with serving people… So much so that I took a massive pay cut to go from management to just a bartender at a five star hotel cocktail bar at minimum wage, at age 30. Just to get proper pure bartender training, and it was so worth it; so resetting my career again five years older… Still scares me PERIOD But not so much as to deter me from a dream of serving others in the capacity of a barber and hair stylist.
I’ve learned a lot about barbering in my first week and a half, as I write this late mid 2nd week into the course. First week was basically introductions, lots of terminology pick up with the bulk focus on Health and Safety for our City and Guilds exams, which will happen throughout the course at Glasgow Kelvin College Springburn Campus. Let me tell you how stressful that was…. First exam in nearly 12 year, wow! But our trainer Gaz along with Tracey our personal awesome, I mean, not too often on and offsite personal motivator and reassurer, that everything will be alright in the end, both well prepared us for the exam and I believe all of us absolutely aced it.
It took me at least a year behind the bar before I said to myself ‘self you’re a barman,’ which may happen yet again with becoming a barber, it may take even longer, but that doesn’t daunt me from the task at hand, practice daily and getting stuck in learning, both at home and at the MADE Academy. But I feel the crew that Glasgow Kelvin College and the Rebel Rebel team has put together won’t steer us wrong and will be there to support us as we are now as students and into the future as we become barbers.
In earnest anticipation of,
Becoming a brbr