On May 1 and 2 Team Delmar hit the road and headed up to Edmonton. We had three competitors from our staff and students, and a huge team of supporters that went up just to cheer everyone on. It was an amazing experience for all involved, and Maricel decided to blog about it this week…
First off let me congratulate our team who recently competed at the ABA’s in Edmonton on May 1 and 2. Instructor Brittany Connors took 2nd place in the Professional Women’s Trend Cut and Style; student Youssef Abdulghani took 13th place in the Battle of the Barbers, and our lovely Taylor Schley also placed 13th.
Competitions take a lot of prep work and discipline and with all the experience that the Delmar Educators have, it encourages our students to push their limits and see what they’re made of on stage.
As stylists you can consider us performers. Our stage is behind the chair and our audience is our client. When we have completed the service we hope for the applause at the end and hope that the applause continues outside the salon.
It’s one thing to perform behind the chair, it’s a whole different ball park to be behind the chair in an arena full of judging stylists and critics. It takes great courage to get up on an actual stage and do what you do for a living in front of thousands of people who may or may not like your work.
We are so proud of Taylor and Youssef for stepping up and representing us at the ABA’s in Edmonton. Just by watching them on the salon floor alone you wouldn’t think these gems were new to the hair game. They take so much pride in what they do you would think they’ve been at it for years . And it’s why our lovely Brittany Connors (educator / finalist) took notice, coached, and mentored them both before the competition, alongside our one and only Andrew Scissor Hands (educator/ salon manager).
Brittany has been competing for 5 years, and has been part of the master judge program for 4 years. She is currently a bronze medal judge, with only a few credits to go for her silver.
She states that her experience at the ABA, “was one for the books!”
Brit competed in the professional Women’s Trend Cut and Style, where she took 2nd place next to Mr Van Kavgadoulis. Next to all of the competitors there she was pleased to be around such talented stylists.
First and second place winners at the Edmonton ABA
“As honored as I was to win silver in this competition, I was just as honored to train two of Delmar’s students for their competition as well. I am so proud of my students deciding to compete . Not only does it show great courage to get on stage , but to enter in the open professional competition as a student speaks volumes about these two about to soon be graduates. Although for myself I can usually keep my nerves at bay, watching these two on stage was such a thrill.. I was shaking for them..
I took the the time to ask Youssef and Taylor what their experience was like competing for the first time.
“On stage in front of hundreds of people was frightening and nerve racking. In the end it was a great experience and I’m proud of myself for fighting through and finishing .I got the opportunity to battle and beat my fears with the patience and discipline the instructors taught me how to rock the stage.”
Hair has always been a passion for Youssef .When he was younger he always used to cut friends and family’s hair in the garage. Down the road, after all the travelling, he thought he would go to school, and hair is what he decided to choose for his profession. He did his research and Delmar collage was the right place. He started his program in October and straight away he knew he was heading in the right direction. He says that the instructors are awesome in that they taught him a variety of ways to cut and style hair, but most of all they taught him discipline and patience, and no matter how complicated things get to never give up. To be given the opportunity to compete side by side with his instructor motivated him that much more . To place 13th in a competition as big as the Battle of the Barbers as a student is a huge attribute, and we couldn’t be more proud to call you one of our own.
“Competing in the ABA this year in Edmonton was one of the scariest things I have done in my life and also one of the most rewarding“, Taylor states. “The life experience I gained by challenging myself to something I never thought I would do was amazing. Being supported by all my peers and teachers helped me get through all the doubt I had. I may not have won but now that I have done it and pushed myself I cant wait to try it again and really see what I can do. Without going to Delmar and stepping out of my comfort zone I would have never thought I could do something like this, and now I can’t wait to try it again . I love the path I’ve chosen and am looking forward to where it takes me.”
Its so great to see our students and staff in the spot light. Once again thank you Brittany, Youssef, and Taylor for all your hard work . It takes such brave people like you to set the bar for the rest of our industry and set a good example to the rest of our students that there are no limits to what you can do and achieve if you just set your mind to it. We’re looking forward to the next competition where we will take home gold!!!! Have a fabulous weekend everyone, this girl is off to mark some more exams.
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