Not everyone has the nerves to quit a stable job and start a brand new career – some might call it walking into the dark… However, Osian was determined to make it work and become a successful barber. He was craving a job where he could wake up in the morning and look forward to going to work. After he spoke to a few barbers, he could see that they loved their job and that is what he wanted more than anything!
There has been no stopping this aspiring, ex retinal photographer turned slick barber. As soon as he graduated from our 9 Week Diploma, NVQ level 2 course in barbering at London School of Barbering, he went back to his home town of Criccieth in Wales to set up his own barbershop. Nearly 2 years later, his barbershop O-S-H Barber is going from strength to strength, with him being booked up most days! He clearly has no regrets and as he says in his interview below ‘it is never too late to start a new career’ – we concur!
Read more about his success story in his interview below….
LSB: What is your name and Instagram tag if you have one?
OS: My name is Osian Elfryn and my instagram tag is @oshbarber
LSB: What did you do before barbering?
OS: Before barbering, I worked as a retinal photographer within the NHS for the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Service for Wales. So it was such a big change going into barbering, as you can imagine.
LSB: When did you realise barbering was the profession for you?
OS: After I spoke to a few barbers about barbering, I got the feeling that they loved their job and that’s what I wanted more than anything. I wanted to wake up in the morning and look forward to going into work.
LSB: How did you feel about making the transition into barbering, and why did you choose LSB to learn the trade?
OS: I was really excited to start at LSB as I hated my job. The closer it got to the starting day, I was really nervous and apprehensive if I’d done the right thing in regards of quitting my job and worried that I wouldn’t enjoy barbering. I chose LSB as they looked the most professional and for the reason that they offered more tutors per students – that was a big selling point for me.
LSB: What course did you take at London School of Barbering, and what were the highlights for you?
OS: I did the 9 week Diploma, NVQ level 2 in barbering. The highlight of the course for me was producing good quality haircuts after only a few weeks.
LSB: Tell us about your journey since you have finished with LSB?
OS: After completing the course, I opened my own barbershop in my home town of Criccieth in Wales. I’ve been open now almost 2 years and it’s still going from strength to strength.
LSB: What has been your proudest moment so far as a barber?
OS: My proudest moment so far has to be smashing all targets that I’ve set out for myself and being fully booked most days.
LSB: If you could have anyone in your barber’s chair, who would it be and why?
OS: I really enjoy getting the older gents in the chair, as they have a lot of life stories to share.
LSB: Do you take inspiration from anything when cutting hair, such as music, fashion, film or art?
OS: I take inspiration from other barbers I see on either social media or the different shops I try to visit for a cut. I’m always looking to better myself as a barber and to work with different styles.
LSB: What would you say to anyone considering a career in barbering and studying at LSB?
OS: For anyone thinking of taking the same route as I did, take it seriously and try to take as much as you can in. Enjoy it as it’s never too late to start a new career!
LSB: Anything further to add?
OS: Many thanks again to London School of Barbering for their top quality teaching and service, without them I wouldn’t be were I am today.