When it comes to hairstyling within the fashion and entertainment industry, young creative Jordan J Brumant is fast becoming the first option.
He began his career at just 13 years of age working at his local hair salon. A few years later he took the plunge into self-employment where his brand HBJB was born. And it has led him down a road to bigger success than anyone could have imagined.
Jordan has since worked with an impressive number of renowned photographers, publications and brands, including Lancôme, Cartier, Chopard, GQ magazine and Glamour magazine.
He has also accumulated a large roster of international celebrity clientele – to name just a few, Winnie Harlow, Eve, Lupita Nyong’o and Little Mix.
I caught up with him to find out his freelancing tips and tricks and see if I could squeeze out any entertainment gossip!
You started hairdressing at such a young age and now style hair for the stars! When do you feel was your big break?
My big break was when I decided to leave the salon I was working for to start my own business and build my brand. I had built up a large roster of clients and decided to go it alone and started developing myself as a session stylist
What has been the biggest moment for you in your career and how did it make you feel?
Biggest moment for me was when I did Cannes film festival. It really put things into perspective in regards to how tangible clients really are and it also made me feel humbled and grateful to work alongside world-renowned brands and other session stylists that I have always been inspired by.
What have you learnt about the music industry while styling famous musicians’ hair? And as for the fashion world, is it true what they say about it being ‘bitchy’?
Working with music artists has inspired me to develop my art. It’s also opened many doors for other clients and opportunities. It’s a good platform to showcase your work.
I would say the fashion world can be that way at times. However, I have never experienced it personally. I treat people how I want to be treated and usually being nice goes a long way!
What's the cheekiest bit of gossip you have encountered when styling some hair?
Let’s just say what happens in the chair, stays in the chair ;)
As a self-employed stylist, what has been the biggest struggle for you, and how did you overcome it?
Going on vacation means a gap in regular income. To overcome this I work twice as hard before I go away and twice as hard to catch up when I come back.
And what are the biggest benefits of being self-employed?
Knowing that you are working hard for yourself rather than anyone else and having full creative freedom.
What tips would you give to aspiring hairdressers?
Perfect your craft.
Always stay open-minded to learning.
Always carry a card with you.
…And never leave the country without a pair of scissors and a comb!
Jordan is recognised for having an intuitive sense of forthcoming trends and for his ability to create individual looks. He is currently situated in London but works worldwide. Follow his journey via his instagram or see his work on the official HBJB instagram.
Words by @SazrahProducer
Want to get into the music industry? Want to feel inspired? Well, this is just the guy you should be paying attention to.
Being successful in the industry doesn’t always mean you have to be in the limelight. Singer and songwriter Myles Brown works behind the scenes on a lot of today’s hits. You would be amazed to see a list of the major artists whose songs and production have been boosted by his input. If he prefers not to namecheck them in interview it’s because he’s a refreshingly humble man content to stay in the small print of credits! However, Myles is also an artist in his own right. He does not stick just to one style or one trade. He is very much a creative soul and has some truly inspirational words for those who are looking to break into his line of business. I caught up with him to get to know a little more.
Sazrah: What is your style?
Myles: The best thing to say is once people get to know who I am they will understand my style because I am my style.
I can relate. It’s like when people tell me to describe my music, it is just me and all my influences…
…Yes, your history, your lifestyle, who you listen to, who your parents are, who your friends are. Everything has an influence on what you create.
What inspires you?
Life! Life inspires me because it’s what I had from the beginning and what I will have until the end.
So what has been the highlight of your career so far?
Wow! There have been so many. I’ve been behind the scenes working with rap stars, composers, I’ve done an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet on an occasion given by Her Majesty performed in Buckingham Palace. So there have been so many different fields that I have been blessed to be able to work in. I am just happy that I get to be creative.
A lot of singers tell me that they struggle with songwriting. What advice would you give to the budding songwriters out there?
I would say if you’re in school pay attention in English lessons, because they teach you the basics of how to structure your words and make sentences. And from that point your personality can then help you develop the way you start communicating things. It’s just having a certain ear for words, putting words together differently. In Hip Hop they have found a way to create a different language that never existed. You know when they say “what’s up, what’s good” or in London or Jamaica “waa gwarn”. All these terminologies have been put together by someone. Who created it? I don’t know. But I know it’s being used so much as it’s found its way into a world which is universal. So when you take your different influences, it’s about developing that and pushing forward.
What would you say to anyone who wants to be in the music industry?
Never give up and follow your heart. Follow your dream. Also you hear a lot of artists saying, “I want to do this. I want to do that.” Do it! In my opinion well done is better than well said.
Some people say they have too many ideas and don’t know which one to focus on! I know I have been guilty of this in the past. How do you combat that?
But you know it’s all good – because sometimes when you have so many ideas it shows your creativity. You shouldn’t limit your creativity. Get a dictaphone or your mobile device and record down your ideas. So when you are in a creative space, if you ever get a blank mind you can just refer back to it!
Where can we find you?
Thanks for your time.
No problem. Thank you for your time.
Words by @sazrahproducer
Sazrah is a UK music producer who has composed music for BBC 1xtra, Film, Catwalk and famous artists. Her blogs are about upcoming artists, music industry tips and general chit chat!