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Rising Stars: Meet Roman Morales of Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Roman Morales.

Hi Roman, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I first started cutting hair in 2012 during high school I would do back yard cuts and use my close friends to practice on. What really motivated me and caught my interest for being a Barber was my older brother Gabriel, he was in the process getting he’s license but ended up passing away in 2008 due to a car crash I knew cutting hair meant everything to him I saw the passion he had for it when he used cut my hair. While I got older I went for a pair of clippers, started from cutting my own hair to my friends. As time went by I was going through a program that granted me half of the amount for barber college, I still needed to come up with a plan on how I was going to pay the remaining amount which was $5,000. I was working a small part time job which didn’t help much especially with my school schedule. Found myself wanting more hours to having some more spending money, Got a different job and I ended up getting distracted and moved out got my first apartment in 2015 after high school. Which made it 10x hard on me now. Supporting myself wasn’t one of the main reasons, I would party with myroomates and have a lot of friends over. Well that got old fast also working pay check to pay check, I was fed up with the same routine, As I continued to live on my own trying to save, and signing up for other fundings. I received an email one morning the program will be closing out on my case and can no longer help with funding, I almost wanted to give up until I came up with other plan and it was moving to another city, Phoenix Az. As I did my research Barber Colleges were a-lot more competitive in pricing, I came across a program called Arizona @ work ,they offered full funding due to certain regulations. Well me being in a foster home qualified me. After those phone calls and in-person interviews, breaking my lease was worth the move. Made my decision on a school and made the move. I finished my hours and received my license in 12 months while working a part time. within those months I received the worst phone call of my life and it was my second older brother that died, it was all dark clouds and just wanting to give up everything at that time I became homeless living in a hotel trying to finish school and paybills for 1 1/2 – 2 months. I worked in a Barber shop in 2019-2020, Clientele was building up pretty quick for me, I got my own salon suite end of 2020, since then my mindset and business has been growing. I’m coming up on 2 years having my own suite. My next plan I’m currently working on day by day is owing a Barber College.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No it has not, supporting yourself and doing fulltime hours for school. Wasn’t able to get a apartment under my name due to having bad credit and being in debt, so that led me buying hotel rooms and staying at friends house for some days, until my bankruptcy cleared

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Barber, I cut and provide a confidence look/ feeling for who ever is in my seat. I am known for great customer Service and providing detail in every aspect in my business and haircuts. I am most proud of how far and well I’m maintaining my business. What sets me different from others is having a new goal to achieve every year.

How do you think about luck?
I would say good luck, but I also have a lot of faith and patients.

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Zach Latimer Instagram : @Zachattackproductions

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