Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist
Time in Japan:
Where are you from? Melbourne, Australia.
What do you do here? I divide my time pretty evenly between Sin Den Hair and Make Salon and work at a
photography studio, doing freelance hair and makeup for various magazines, fashion shows,
etcetera. And some occasional modeling.
What brought you to Japan? I wanted to freak myself out completely and Japan sounded as good a place as any to
start, seeing as I knew nothing much about it. I walked into a travel agent, shut my eyes
and pointed to a date on the calendar. I went home and packed up, then landed here.
What' the difference between the beauty business in Tokyo and Australia? There is a lot more of it to begin with. People embrace it, and both boys and girls
follow trends and looks sooner, adapting it to their taste faster. It's not just a special
occasion thing; people here do a "look" just to meet friends or go out shopping.
Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be? Edgar Winter was my idol. He just did a thing to me! When he was touring here I
happened to book his concert. So I put together a band and opened up for him.
Do you sing in the shower? No, I don't, but I sing in the bathroom. I create my best songs there! You'd be
surprised the places where ideas come to you.
What do you most like about Japan? The spirituality is a more peaceful one. I've become more responsive to myself and my
spiritual side. I have time to breathe, and to hear myself breathe.
Do you find anything frustrating about working here? Everything! Like when my friend and I were building this studio, purchasing everything
took two weeks: the flooring, the curtains, the air conditioner. Two weeks! That was
frustrating because I had a schedule I was trying to stay on. So I tried to say to myself
"Well, hey, wipe out what you knew before you got here and just slowly, calmly
adjust." That worked for about a day and a half.
Where do you think you'll be in the year 2000? I see a very bright future, definitely. I think in the year 2000 it will be "only
the strong survive," and I like that. I like the challenges. I see the school
expanding, not only one place, but two or three. I definitely see the record label going
strong. The year 2000 is going to be very good for Sonic Jett Production.
International School luv Arts kicks off its school year on December 18. For enrollment or
other information call 5414-5566 or fax 3404-5536.