Simon Setter

Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist

Time in Japan:
Four months

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.

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