Aside from working with some of the best photographers and fashion designers in the world and being an incredible talent himself, Editorial Stylist Paul Merritt is also a dear friend of Nick Arrojo’s. We think you’ll like getting to know him, too.
Who: Paul Merritt
What: Editorial Hairstylist
Our site/publication is called Industrie and we spelled it with an “ie” on purpose – it’s the French way of spelling Industry and was once defined to us as an artisan who works with their hands to create things of beauty and substance. So tell us, how do you define beauty and substance?
When I think about beauty, I think of the pleasure one can find in the design, shape, color and form of anything from a motorcycle to a work of art. It’s a combination of qualities that pleases the senses, especially sight. When I think about substance, I think of giving something a tangible meaning. Beauty and substance, then, is creating beautiful things that aesthetically please the senses, yet also have a functional, useful value.
What other creative outlets besides your profession do you explore/practice?
I love design in many forms, from cars to motorcycles to furniture, and I have a great passion for architecture and interior design from different centuries and decades.
I’ve been lucky to have worked on a few restorations so far in my life and I’m looking forward to doing more! Bringing something back to life is inspiring, creative and fun.
What’s your personal motto/favorite quote?
“The road is life.” ~ Jack Kerouac
I also think living in the moment is a good thing. “Enjoy the journey,” I say.
When have you felt the most vulnerable in your career?
Change always makes people feel vulnerable. Whenever I have decided to go on and take the next step in my career I have definitely felt that vulnerability. When I decided to embark on a freelance career and work with an agency on finding editorial work and other creative projects, that feeling of being out on my own made me feel vulnerable at first. But you have to remember that change is positive, inspiring and motivating.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
When I decided to be a hairdresser, my father said, “Go do your training at Vidal Sassoon,” and so I did! Thanks, Dad!
How would you define “true beauty”?
Beauty is not a science, it’s an ATTITUDE.
What are Industrie 5Qs?
Our 5Qs are just that—5 questions that get asked, contemplated and answered. To spice it up, we throw in a bonus questions the person being interviewed gets to pick out of a potluck of possibilities.