What have you learned about yourself during this past year as an artist?
WSB: I’ve learned to really listen to myself and to create on my own terms. I also learned not to take myself so seriously. Doing hair is not walking a child through nature for the first time. It’s not saving lives. It’s supposed to be fun! It’s supposed to heal and bring people joy. At the end of the day, it’s all a shampoo away from being nothing, which to me, is the best part of it as a medium in the first place.
MF: Amen! I’ve learned to take everything day by day, not plan too far ahead, focus on staying creative and inspired anyway I can.
On a broader scale, what do you think the pandemic has done to the creative industries?
MF: It’s pushed creatives to consider how to be able to create in the pandemic, rather than fight it. Crews are much smaller now, which can be hard depending on the scale of the project; at the same time, it’s nice how intimate shoots are becoming. One downside, however, is that I feel people are asking for a lot more for a lot less than before the pandemic started.
WSB: I also like how intimate creating has felt lately. It just proves that you don’t need 1000 people on set to have a great shoot. I very much agree with the sentiment that people are asking for more for a lot less, I think the industry is feeling the squeeze of the pandemic’s effect on the economy. I hope this doesn’t last!