Our People: James Johnson
We’d like to introduce our new barber tutor, James! We’re thrilled to have him join the team and lead our new Barber Skills class that started last week.
James studied I.T., but wanted a trade that would provide him with work wherever he went – and barbering fit the bill! “I chose barbering because it offered the opportunity to be my own boss should I choose to be self-employed, which gives me a lot more options financially. Also, barbering is a trade that has a creative side, so it’s hard to get bored.”
After deciding to switch career pathways, James studied at London School of Barbering at the end of 2016 and then spent a year working in two different shops in Essex. He worked in both a traditional shop with barbers that had 40-50 years’ experience, as well as a more modern shop which gave more varied styles which helped him develop as a barber. “The UK barbering scene is amazing, but I wanted to travel, and with barbering it was easy.” James moved to New Zealand at the start of January 2018, working as a manager for a couple of barbershops within Auckland. James admits that management wasn’t for him, but loved any opportunity to show other barbers new skills, so knew a tutoring position would suit him well.
The people, creativity and the setting of a barbershop are what James enjoys about the industry. “Barbershops make for fun, casual environments where you can enjoy your work alongside your customers and other barbers. I like the technical side of haircutting best as having a good understanding of it allows you to be more creative and really enjoy your day to day.”
Here at the academy, James’s role involves teaching barbering to a high standard in both scissor and clipper work. Another focus is preparing students for working in a barbershop through theory and his own experience.
“There’s a range of experience here to take advantage of, and everybody is very supportive from day one.”