For some reason this songs been in my head for the last couple days. Now it can be in yours.
Q: Introduce yourself; what time is it and where are you?
My name is Casey Simbulan and it is currently 1:40 and I’m lying down in my bedroom.
Q: Why did you want to become a barber? When did you know that it was something you wanted to pursue?
The reason why I wanted to become a barber was because I was fed up going to a normal salon and not quite getting the haircut I really wanted. At the age of 19, I knew I wanted to pursue it because of the fact that when I did it, I felt more interested in the culture and learning way more about it and it caught my eye more than university.
Q: Could you say a little about how you came to be working at Angelina’s? When you started…
To be completely honest I just started at Angelina’s haircity about 5 months ago. The reason why I came to work here is because it is my aunties salon, and I wanted to be that barber that stuck to my own community in the Maples/Tyndall area.
Q: Do you remember giving your first haircut? Or your first lesson in giving a haircut?
I remember I was giving my first haircut behind my couch in my own basement, I gave my cousin and number 2 buzz and tried to line him up and tape up the back but it looked horrible.
Q: The thing about barbershops is you get an abundance of stories. What your best story as of late…
From the top of my head, the best story I’ve heard lately was from my own grandpa. He was telling me that he was proud of how far I’ve come so far and that I remind him of himself. My grandpa is a strong man and basically started from the ground up,just with him telling me everything that he’s gone through to support to his entire family was truly a blessing to hear. He’s a big inspiration in my career and it makes me strive to be the best that I could be in this industry.
Q: Walk me through your essential tools of the trade?
As of right now, I use a pair of 5 star magic clippers , 5 star reflections, 5 star baldings and a pair of wahl detailers and of course the extra shavers and razors on the side. I’ve gone through plenty of clippers but wahl has been stuck to me for the last year, it’s a great brand and I’m sure I’m gonna stick to it for a good minute.
Q: What has been your highlight of cutting hair to date?
I have 2 biggest highlights so far in barbering. First was not even myself cutting, it was my trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles visiting FRESH CUTS Daly City and Capsule Barbershop. I got to watch and meet barbers that I’ve looked up to from Instagram in person and it was great learning and getting advice from each and every one of them. Shout outs to Scott Ramos for taking me with him to hit up those spots. Second highlight so far was probably the Winnipeg’s Got Sole expo where I got to cut and show my skills infront of everyone who was walking past our booth , along side with Andrew Van aka Chinkthebarber and Scott Ramos aka famosramos it was a blessing to be a part and surrounded by a well put team of great barbers in Winnipeg. Shout outs to wpgsgotsole for the crazy opportunity.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing my clients everyday and having them trust me, and try to better my skills on there head. They make my shifts go by super fast and I see it more then a haircut or a normal appt, it’s like catching up or chillen with your homie.
Q: If you had your own shop what 5 tracks would be on the playlist?
I’ve been listening to a lot of old school and feel good music lately so I would probably choose Excuse Me Miss – Chris Brown ,Young love – Chris brown , How do you want it – Tupac feat. KC and JoJo, All I want – Miguel feat. J Cole, Work Out – J Cole , Can’t Let You go – Fabolous.
Q: What magazines or books would you have in your waiting area?
I like slam magazines, basketball biographies , those GQ fashion magazines, and anything that basically has to do what’s going on with the world now a days, whether it’s hair, fashion ,basketball, shoes, celebrity it type shit. Iunno haha.
Q: What art would be on the walls?
I’m not sure if I would have much art in my shop, but if I did, I see different things on each wall, whether it’s a wall of frames and memories, a wall of signatures that people could just write on or even a wall of maybe my logo of the shop and extra art work of something that means a lot to me.
Q: Five things you don’t leave home without?
I don’t leave my house without my iPad, my iPhone, my wallet, my lip balm and a watch.
Q: Favourite lunch spot?
Favorite lunch spot would probably be like a Sushi Cushi, Viva, or Charlees.
Q: If you had to wear one pair of shoes for the rest of time what would they be?
That’s a hard question because I fricken love Jordan’s and Vans, but if I were to choose one pair of kicks that I would rock, it would probably be a pair of all Black leather Chucks or Vans just cause they would match everything. I couldn’t choose a pair of Js because I’m a big fan of a lot of them. Lol
Q: What’s the last movie you saw and how many stars would you give it?
Bad Grandpa and I would probably give it a 7.5/10
Q: What’s on the horizon for you?
Well for me, I just wanna complete my apprentice hours, save up, get better, travel more to learn more about hairstyling and barbering, then one day maybe open up my own shop In my community or maybe even team up with a couple great barbers here in Winnipeg and run the best barbershop/salon that ever hit the city.
Q: How can people find you or connect with you?
People can contact me through the salon 632-9048, email me at email@example.com or imessage firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Any last closing thoughts?
My name is Casey Simbulan and I’ve been barbering for about 2-3 years, Im happy and blessed to get the opportunities I’ve had already in this industry and I’m excited to learn more and be the best I could possibly be. To all the other barbers out there in our city, it’s not even about the money, it’s about the craft and passion you have for it, the money or hype is the last thing you should be thinking about, learn ALOT and be great for yourself. Thank you to all my clients, family and friends, that have been with me since I started and I’m excited to meet more on the way. LETS GET IT. Pc.
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As you know we here at Oak + Oar have always been stoked on the many talented creatives we have in this city. Some of which we have been fortunate enough to sit down with for our Homegrown series. But these snippets merely touch the surface of what is really taking place within the city.
Fortunately Winnipeg’s is gaining a new online presence to explore this abundance of thriving talent. Winnipeg’s Muddy Waters Mag is now live and is setting out to “celebrates the wild and wonderful of Winnipeg”.
“We seek to explore the genesis of the creative spirit, the talent that thrives in spite of the cold and warms our frozen town. Our muses are the city’s local artists and makers. Our goal is to spotlight their works and wares. To inspire and be inspired. Their stories, by us.”
You can celebrate with them Thursday December 5th from 7pm-11pm at the Ballroom at 218 Rosyln Rd. Entry is $10 and limited capacity so show up early.
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