Today we’d like to introduce you to Mayte Banderas.
Mayte, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I always thought to be able to create art you have to feel something for it. There’s always more to than what meets the eye. As a child, I had to grow up faster than others. And of course with life and traumas and experiences we sometimes lose our selves. Well, at least I did for a while. But I never thought that the only thing that would save me would be the art for hair. It all started one day just for fun, at that moment I wanted to cut my friend’s hair and so we went to Walmart bought a cheap pair of clippers, went back home and I went in for the kill. Not knowing absolutely anything about barbering it came out decent and right there and then it’s like a light bulb just lit up. I wanted to know more about hair… Hair right? People will say, “Where’s the art in that?” Or “Is that really your career choice?” Between all the negative support and insecurities to chase my dreams, I decided to go for it about a year almost two years back. For someone with anxiety since I was 15, my mind raced back and forth scared to commit to an idea that my heart wanted but no one around me approved. A female in this “male industry” isn’t really easy to walk into but I knew with that challenge, I wanted not only to prove something to myself but to everyone who had ever doubted. Sometimes I feel like the universe sets this path for me. Corny? I know, but everything fell into place slowly. One second I was in a dark, sad, depressed time in my life then next you know I enrolled in barber school full time working two jobs trying to pay my bills and pay my school bills.
For nine months, I was going through crazy stress and breakdowns but I kept thinking it’s worth it. It kept strong knowing one day, I’ll be licensed and opportunities will be presented. I graduated from Barber School in December 2018. One month later, I had my state board test. I studied everyday after work, even when I was tired I kept studying I would fall asleep with my books in my lap. But by TWO POINTS… two points. I failed. I felt devastated. But I retook the test two months later and passed! The weight the lifted off my shoulders made me feel so free. I accomplished something that meant everything to me. It felt so good to accomplish something on your own when everyone doubted your vision. But being able to say I did it on my own all the sleepless nights, the breakdowns, the anxiety, the confusion was so damn worth it. Now I work at a barber studio full time progressing in my cuts making art. Hoping to get better and better with time and just trying to get known and travel and be able to teach or represent a brand. There’s so many plans I have for this me and this industry. This is only the beginning.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This journey has been one rocky bumpy road. I think the best things in life are never easy. And that’s what makes the journey 100x more worth it. The struggles I encountered was having to provide for myself financially trying to balance school 8am-5pm and two jobs was not easy. I felt like I never slept. Or even ate. I admit my health was actually pretty bad at this time. I had many health issues due to lack of sleep and food and water. I never let myself rest because I was so eager to keep trying to succeed. But my advice to anyone your health is so important just as you want to succeed.
Please tell us about Artistry of Fades.
Well, I’m a female barber/barber. I specialize in cutting men’s hair. Different hairstyles fades, tapers, curly hair, wavy hair, straight hair you name it. Perms? Oh yeah, I do those too! I work for a business barber men salon called “ARTISTRY OF FADES”. I’m proud of the services we provide… because we don’t just cut hair and out you go. I think as an artist you put love and passion into your craft. Every person that sits in your chair is a new canvas and just see the vision through and then you start cutting. It’s also about bonding with your client. Some talk about their families, their new promotions at work, or even how they are starting their own business. Each person has a story and as I’m working on my craft I’m able to listen and take these stories and parts of their life with me. This isn’t a job it has never been. This is a passion that gives me motive and inspires me to be better. You don’t feel good unless you look good. And the way you look can give someone the confidence to do anything. And that’s important to me. To make people feel good in the inside just as important as it is to feel good on the outside.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I could start all over, I don’t think I would. Every bump. Every mistake. Has led me to here today. But one thing that I would have probably changed was my thinking. Maybe if I was more patient and positive, the journey wouldn’t have been so heavy but I mean we all live and learn. We are all scared to take leaps sometimes. I think anyone who has a creative soul needs to be free and do what their heart desires. Fear is always gonna be there at least take the chance. Even when you have a million reasons not do it. Have that one good reason why you SHOULD.
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