Welcome back to Creative Lives, a feature which shares the experiences of inspiring men and women leading exactly that: creative lives. This series is dedicated to those working in the media and the arts, creating, communicating, touching and transforming.
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In this interview, I’m speaking to the uber-talented celebrity hairstylist Jason Collier, someone whom I also have the pleasure of calling a great friend too.
I can confirm how talented Jason is! He started doing my hair earlier last year and I’ve never been happier with it! The boy knows how to work a bonce! And if you don’t take my word for it, he also classes A-listers Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria, Justin Timberlake, Damian Lewis and Sienna Miller as fans and works with designer labels such as Preen, Mary Katranzou, Zandra Rhodes, Pucci, Pringle and of course, Victoria Beckham.
Jason is also a passionate educator and travels the globe sharing his skills with others, yet despite his jet-set A-list lifestyle, he adores working as the Creative Director of the Matthew Curtis Salon at the Rosewood London Hotel.
Jason has also recently been appointed as Resident Hair & Grooming Expert at Attitude, sharing a monthly grooming column full of his expert ideas and advice.
Over to Jason…
How did you pursue and achieve your dream job/life?
I set out my goals from a very early stage in my career, the type of clients I wanted to work with, the type of life I wished to live… I had it exactly in my head how I wanted my life to look. I set myself on a path and made sure that I was networking as much as possible to discover the right route to achieve those goals. From being a Saturday boy in my local salon to now having my dream role at a luxury salon in a five-star hotel, I have always believed that determination and perseverance is the way to succeed.
What are the advantages to working in the field you do?
The biggest advantage is knowing that I can make a difference to someone’s self-esteem. Knowing that I can change the way a woman feels about herself, that I can make her feel beautiful, is an incredible feeling – everything else is just a bonus.
What are the biggest challenges you face as a creative?
In an age where almost everything has been developed in the industry, discovering new ways of looking at hair and hair colour can be difficult but I thrive on innovation, and finding a new way to work is always a thrill for me. Making something that feels fresh, is a big challenge, but if you can dream it, I can create it!
How do you deal with the inevitable ups and downs of leading a creative life?
I always try to take a month out each year, where I disappear out of London and just switch off. Normally I go to Israel around August time, where I can just enjoy life – enjoying lots of food and drink and the company of my friends.
I always find that a break prepares me for the craziness of my career- it’s the one time of the year where I can just forget everything – or try at least. Being a creative means I find inspiration everywhere and it can be hard to switch off sometimes!
Can you share tips for building confidence?
As I spend a lot of time on stage talking and presenting, I’m well-versed in the routine for building up my confidence and knowing how to feel my best. Getting a group of friends together to do a run-through is always a great way to prepare and feel confident in what you’re about to do – whether that’s a presentation or a job interview. If it’s just one of those days and you need a boost, there’s nothing like talking things over with a friend to get that lift, we all need at times.
What are your career highlights?
I have been so lucky to do so much and achieve so many of my dreams in my career so far, so it’s really hard to define a specific highlight. I just love my career and that every day is different. What I love most is that I get to make a difference to somebody’s day and I am instrumental in helping them feel fabulous.
Who inspires you?
Powerful women. I am surrounded by them! From my family to my team and of course many of my clients – the way that these women act and what they achieve, every day always inspires me.
What is the greatest advice you’ve even been given?
Never say no! It’s led to some of the best opportunities of my career.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
At the moment, I’m working on my plan for the next five years – I’m looking at creating some kind of pop-up concept store across the globe for one thing, which is incredibly exciting. I love to set out my goals and aspirations – saying them out loud and committing yourself to achieving them is a great way of making sure you actually go ahead and do it!
I don’t think you can define success. Success can look different from person to person. For me, I feel happy in life and the fact I’m achieving so much of what I set out to, while there is so much more in store for the future, to look forward to as well.