Could you introduce yourself please?
My name is Liam Campbell, I’m 35 and from Birmingham.
How long Have you been a Barber?
I have been a Barber for 6 years.
Have you always been a Barber? If not, what other life experiences have you got?
No, I left school and joined the Army for 5 years, where I served as a sniper and in Kosovo as a Surveillance & Intelligence Operative. I left in 2004 and trained to be a plasterer. I did that for 5 years but was never really happy doing it.
What made you get into Barbering?
My friend Jade, who is a hairstylist, thought I’d be good at cutting, but I thought nothing of it…Then, a few later I had a weird dream/epiphany, and woke up in a tent in the middle of the night (I was camping in Adelaide, Australia) convinced I should be a Barber!
Out of all the fads and trends that come and go, what is your personal favourite and why?
I like it when a lot of the old school classic work came back. There were some great twists on gentlemen’s cuts by people like Kevin Luchmun and Schorem Barber, and they still suit any guy.
Social media allows us access to images and stories from all over the world, within the barbering world, who do you consider to be the most interesting, memorable, and why?
If it wasn't for meeting Miguel (Nomad Barber), I wouldn't be in the dream position I consider myself in today. Apart from him, I remember a picture that my old boss, Tom, who taught me to cut, posted of my haircut that he did on me. It was flawless scissor over comb work, and I couldn't believe he had done it with just some scissors, combs, water and a trimmer. All the key disciplines were in the photo and it taught me a lot.
Would you recommend this career choice, and if so, do you have any advice for aspiring Barbers?
I would recommend it if you are a people person. It’s mentally draining sometimes, and have to accept the fact that someone may need a service when you are tired; you still have to welcome them into your shop and make sure they enjoy the experience.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I don’t plan too far ahead to be honest, so as long as I’m happy, I don’t mind.
If you could cut anyones hair, alive or dead, who would it be?
Probably David Attenborough’s; he seems like the most interesting person ever and I’d make that trim last!