As they work their way up, young up-and-coming beauty professionals are blazing trails and making waves. We scoured the country to find out who is doing what and how it all began. Here is our chat with up-and-coming beauty professional, Freddy Sim.
Salon Magazine: How did you get your start in hair? Why did you decide to be a part of this industry?
Freddy Sim: My career started in 2011 when I enrolled at Blanch McDonald School in Vancouver. I’d always wanted to be a hairstylist for as long as I can remember! I was never that impatient child waiting for his mom at the salon, I was always fascinated with what was going on around me – the salon was so alive.
SM: What drives and motivates you as a hairstylist?
FS: I love making my clients happy day-to-day. Outside of that, I love the opportunity to create art in my own way through editorial and competition work. There is so much to learn in this profession! I find it exciting to keep evolving.
SM: What is your expertise? What do you specialize in or excel at?
FS: I like to think of myself as a well-rounded stylist but if I had to pick something I would say styling – bringing the cut and colour together in the end with a beautiful finish.
SM: What is the one lesson you’ve learned throughout your education and career that you still keep in mind today?
FS: To never underestimate yourself!
SM: Who is your mentor or who do you look up to when it comes to hair? Anyone in particular on social media?
FS: My mentors are Chad Taylor and Tania Becker (@taniabecker), owners of Moods Hair Salon. Im also a big fan of Mark Leeson (@markleeson68), his beautiful posts on Instagram inspire me.
SM: Who is your hair hero? Is there someone you want to work with?
FS: Thats a hard one, but my top two would be Mark Leeson and Laurent Philippon (@laurentphilippon) – it would be dream come true to create magic with either of them!
SM: As a young artist, what has been the biggest challenge have you faced and how have you overcome that?
FS: It was a challenge for me to overcome that sense of self doubt. We’ve all had that voice in our head that attempts to hold us back, from meeting a client’s expectations in the salon to booking and nailing an editorial job. It’s important to push through and overcome the fear in order to grow, in the end it all tends to work out or becomes a learning experience.
SM: Who gave you the best advice as you embarked on your career and what was that advice?
FS: When my partner tells me, “know your potential and know your worth”.
SM: What is your one must-have product?
FS: Does It All hairspray by Bumble and Bumble. The name literally says it all!
SM: What are your goals for the next 5 to 10 years? Where do you see yourself in the beauty industry?
FS: I see myself being part of an artistic team and finding my spot in the editorial world. I’d love to split my time being behind the chair, keeping clients happy and creating a name for myself in print and session styling.