Perhaps I’ve been telling you for years that I’m working up to doing music full-time. Perhaps you’re one of my dear clients at Static Salon who I recently had to break the news to that I’m retiring. Perhaps you don’t know about any of the above. For the latter, let me elaborate…
I’ve been a hairstylist at Static Salon now for over four years. It’s become my second home, and the “girls at work” have become dear friends of mine. As much as I gripe about the emotional exhaustion of talking, listening, and being on all day, many of my clients have become friends as well. My time at Static has taught me many lessons about humanity and about myself, and also allowed me to save money for the biggest investment of my life thus far, which is my forthcoming album (To be released in November!). As a hip hop producer once told me, “you’ve gotta have dough to make bread”.
Before I get too lost in the bitter, let me introduce the sweet: I will be leaving the salon to pursue music full-time. When I first started doing hair, the pairing of hairstyling-by-day, music-by-night seemed to be perfect. But as both began to make inflexible demands on my schedule and the dexterity of my hands, I realized that one would ultimately have to be sacrificed to the other. And if I didn’t make a conscious decision, the decision would be made for me. So two years ago I began the attempt to get all my ducks in a row in preparation for life as a full-time musician (they’re still not quite in a row, but I suppose they may never be). And with a new album recorded, a band of musicians that make me proud to be on the same stage, a beautiful website (thanks Liz and Neil!), and countless hours logged as a recluse working on music, I feel ready.
Saturday will be my last day at Static Salon. We’ll be celebrating my retirement with an evening out in broad ripple, so come out and wish me luck! (I’m going to need it). As far as the future is concerned, I plan on spending countless more hours in as a recluse working on music, countless nights out playing that music all over the country, and possibly moving back in with my parents. The sky’s the limit! I hope you’ll be along for the journey.
All my love, Laura