For me, cooking is an outlet that allows all ideas to flow. Being on the road and even at home, I get to eat at so many different food spots. I love re-creating the various flavors and adding my little twist to them. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved being in the kitchen and getting creative with food. As an adult, it puts me in a peaceful mindset that allows my creative juices to flow as well as feed my family and friends.
2 Photography and Videography
I’ve always loved playing with cameras and letting my eye tell the stories of what I see. I have a great deal of respect for photographers because they share the world’s stories. Seeing shapes, colors and nature through a lens sparks so many ideas on how I may approach a creative cut or even how I might build a photo shoot. When it comes to the video side of things, I put my earphones in and just create stories with motion.
When it comes to my family, I love having everyone around. Coming from a big family of artists and hairstylists, you get so many characters; having this gives me so many creative ideas for my own classes. I have some amazing kids that will sit down and bounce ideas from the younger generation’s perspective with me. My wife and I chill in the backyard at night and just brainstorm and have a creative conversation—she helps mold my crazy ideas and thoughts, so when I let the world see or hear them, they are just as creative, maybe even more so (just not as crazy!).
Music has so many layers of creativity in it, from each instrument that’s played down to how artists lay vocals. I have used music-inspired quotes in my captions with my own twist on social media to help get my point across and relate to people. Music plays a big role in my mood and how the tone of the day is set.
5 Road Trips
Going on road trips allows me to see nature, wildlife and landmarks. Driving from state to state exposes me to the different cultures within the different communities where I travel and teach. Growing up I wanted to be an architect so while driving, I get creatively inspired by buildings I see.
Everywhere I look there is art. I’ve used hotel carpets, wallpaper, tattoos and so much more to help me get creative with haircuts and hair art. My father worked on a railroad while I was growing up—seeing boxcars with graffiti not only gives me artistic ideas, but takes me back to my childhood.