Four young, talented UK hairdressers, who dream big, are motivated and believe they can contribute to the global hairdressing industry, were announced as the inaugural Global.Synergy UK finalists on Friday 12th September, 2014 all vying for the chance to win a trip to Australia in November to work on an exciting and unique hairdressing event.
And the Finalists are:
• Sophia Hilton
– Art Coordinator, Brooks and Brooks Hairdressing
• Jodie Austen
– Personal Stylist & Session Stylist, Peachy Stylist
• Benjamin Madle
– Creative Director, HeadHunters
• Casey Coleman
– Salon Director, Ocean Hairdressing
The creator and current Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Emiliano Vitale, in association with é SALON, is offering one of the finalists for Global.Synergy UK
the chance to win a trip to Australia to work backstage at ::Ssshhh:: an exclusive Australian industry event on Sunday 16th November 2014
– assisting and working alongside a host of the global industry’s most respected names & talents.
An industry phenomenon in Australia in 2013, Global.Synergy launched its UK installment in August, asking UK hairdressers with 1-6 years qualified hairdressing experience to submit a creative 2-minute video, outlining why the entrant wanted to win, a brief bio, a selection from their portfolio & collection imagery, reasons why the entrant believed they should be chosen and how they would share the experience with their peers.
“It was so fantastic to see the sheer passion and obvious love for what they do in all the finalists’ video entries,” says Emiliano Vitale. “To have the ability to dream and the courage to put that on show and share it with us was so inspiring and a reminder that our next generation of hairdresser knows there’s so many more opportunities out there other than just working in the salon!”
Benjamin, Jodie, Casey & Sophia will travel to London on Sunday 5th October to be mentored over two days – Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th October - by industry luminaries and global icons Richard Ashforth (SACO), Jamie & Sally Brooks (Brooks and Brooks), Leonardo Rizzo & Sharon Cox (SANRIZZ), Dario Cotroneo (DCI Insititute Australia), Sandy Chong (Australian Hairdressing Council), Emiliano Vitale & Lisa Muscat (é SALON Australia) and the one and only Mr Robert Lobetta.
What an enviable line up of industry icons to learn from!
Over the weekend, the Mentors will observe the finalists, and the winner will be announced on Monday 13th October once all finalists have presented on the Fellowship Stage at Salon International.Ben Madle:
"It feels great to be one of four finalists for Global Synergy 2014! I am really looking forward to the mentoring sessions, meeting my "hair idol" Robert Lobetta and taking part in the stage presentation at Salon international; presenting on stage there has been a goal of mine since I first started hairdressing!"Sophia Hilton:
’I can’t believe I’m a finalist for Global Synergy! I don’t think there is a competition with a better prize! I’m crossing my fingers I get to visit Australia - it’s my husband’s homeland!’Casey Coleman:
"I feel incredibly lucky to be a finalist for the inaugural Global.Synergy UK competition. To have the chance to meet and be mentored by some of British hairdressing’s and the world’s finest icons is insanely amazing and I can’t wait to meet the other finalists. I’m really excited to get started and looking forward to gaining new skills & experiences."Jodie Austen:
"Many stylists, myself included, find it very challenging to compete with stylists from major salons, so to be a finalist for Global.Synergy is incredible! It serves as an example that no matter who you are, or what your background is, if you stay focused and determined, you will be recognised for what you are truly passionate about. The opportunity to work alongside some extremely talented stylists and industry professionals that are experts in creating strong, eye catching, innovative and emerging looks, is very exciting! So thank you Global Synergy and I promise to make you proud for having me into the finals.”
Prize Dates: Winner will need to be free to travel to Australia between 14th November – 18th November 2014.