J: Did you work any strange/odd/boring jobs before you started your creative work? If so, what were they?
A: I've done about everything that could be done in the food service industry from waiting, hostessing, dish washing, you name it. I've been a nanny and I worked for a maid service in San Francisco, which was amazing because I'd get to explore some of the most incredible apartments and art galleries and often got tipped in bottles of champagne. I've never been bored by any job because I think there is always an element of entertainment in any job (be it the work itself, the employees, behind the scenes drama and the like). Plus I have a pretty strong work ethic. I had a short stint as a stay at home mom and I got really depressed. I admire women who can do that and truly enjoy it, but I've always felt if I wasn't bringing in an income, anything I acquired had less value.
J: Did anyone ever tell you to "have a back-up plan" or advise you against working in a creative field?
A: I've been lucky to have a supportive, loving and creative family so I was never advised to do anything other than what fueled me artistically. I do find that there is a certain stigma when I talk to some people about what I do for a living, especially hair.
When a person tells me they have a son or daughter interested in doing hair they often tell me they have higher hopes for their children and I find that funny. This field can be so diverse and you can make of it what you want: day to day behind the chair, editorial styling, working in the entertainment industry, working in education, the list goes on and on.
J: What inspires your creativity (people, places, things, experiences, etc.)?
A: I am usually inspired creatively by everything around me: music, nature, children, old movies, the weather, food, architecture, contrasts, the improbable.
J: Are there parts of your career that provide less income than others? If so, what drives you to continue doing those things?
A: The business of hairdressing is fairly consistent because, thank my lucky stars, people's hair does grow on a regular basis. The clothing thing I -- at best -- break even or make the tiniest profit. My clothing is a little fantasy based and Sacramento is a play it safe kinda town and relatively frugal as well. I am often told if I put my stuff in different markets I'd make more of a profit. At this point, the fun in designing clothes is creating a story, documenting the story via photos or short film, showing it to my friends and family and maybe the world, selling a limited run of pretty items to friends and others and seeing the items being loved by their owners. When I make something that several people want to wear I get bored with sewing that shape or seeing that fabric again and again and want to move on to the next endeavor. And no, I have absolutely no desire to go on Project Runway.
J: Ha! Fair enough. No Project Runway for you. If you weren't doing what you're currently doing, what would you be doing instead (In other words, have you ever envisioned yourself doing something else for a living)?
A: If I wasn't doing what I do now I'd love to teach. I worked with an intern from the Met High School last year and really enjoyed teaching her color theory and hair cutting techniques. It was cool seeing that "AHA" moment where it all made sense to her. She just graduated from high school this past summer and is now enrolled in a cosmetology course at Sac City and I can't wait to see where she takes her career.
J: That's so great! I love internships that really inspire young people to test out a career path. So, are you involved in any events/happenings around town or on the web that we should know about?
A: Right now is a busy time for me, both in and out of the salon. I am lucky enough to work with a supportive, artistic team at Deeda. There are stylists here that are so much newer in the industry than I am that push me to do better work and also joke around with. We were involved in helping Anthropologie put on their winter fashion show at the Fountains in Roseville this past weekend and we're working on a fashion event called Wine Women and Shoes later this month. We've also been participating in the GOOD Street Food and Design Market by setting up a braiding bar and interacting with the community, which has been a blast.
As for my clothing line I just created a capsule collection titled RejectXDeeda inspired by Japan, the 60's and French bohemia (editor's note: see photos below).