B.O.M: Do you prefer cutting in the shop or on the road?
B.: Well, nothing against cutting in the shop, but I love being on the road. I make sure it’s worth my time by doing business with people that can afford my rate. When you deal with an industry that travels a lot, having a steady barber just makes their life easier. In a shop, a lot of the pricing for a haircut is based off of a national standard or the area you live in. On the road, I could cut 15 or 16 heads for two or three hundred a piece; depending on the job.
B.O.M: Who or what influenced you to be a barber?
B.: It was the one thing I knew I was good at; early on. It came natural to me, and the more I cut the better I got. I liked the fact that it was something that people would always have a need for. Cutting hair gave me structure and before I knew it, I had clientele.
B.O.M: Did you ever have a problem getting your money with everything going on out there?
B.: Of course I would never say yes to that question. Out of all the people getting paid, I knew I was last on the totem pole; but I understood my position. I knew out of all the millions that were being negotiated around me; my few grand could get overlooked now and then. In the meanwhile, I was on G5 jets , living life and having experiences of a lifetime. So sometimes my money came late, but they always took care of me
B.O.M: What tools did you keep with you to get the job done?
B.: I had to have my main pair of (andis) outliners, you know; the go-to pair. You have to take care of those at all times, especially while on tour, it’s all about that shape up man. I also had some Oster Fast Feeds, a 1 ½ inch metal guard, a fade brush, and a couple of backup clippers; just in case my main ones got hot.
B.O.M: How did you determine the rate you charged them for your services?
B.: For the N.B.A, I charge by the player. For Y.M.C.B, I had an agreement with their manager Tez. But then I started cutting so many people that he had to put a cap on
it to make sure he stayed within the budget.
B.O.M: How did you manage to save money while being surrounded by temptation?
B.: I never really had to spend any money. I basically became part of the team. They took care of my room, any parties I was V.I.P, I had limo service at my convenience. Pretty much anything they had access to, I had access to.
B.O.M: Were you mainly cutting in hotels?
B.: I was mainly in hotels with the Cavs, but with Young Money I was backstage most of the time. The lighting was pretty good in those rooms, plus there were make-up artists and other stylists in there too. There was a time I had about 8 of the Cavs in hotel suite waiting for haircuts. I had my chair in the bathroom, music playing while I’m cutting hair. Everyone was in the main room of the suite just chilling, joking around and having a good time. That moment reminded me why I love what I do.
B.O.M: Thanks for the barber love and continued success!