You know when you meet someone and you can tell within the first two minutes that you’re going to jive with him or her? That’s the feeling we experienced when meeting Philip Sievers at Matrix Destination 2016 for the first time. He was down to earth, open to the idea of not answering the usual questions educators are asked all weekend long, and looked a bit relieved when he saw that we wanted to connect and get to know him on a more personal level. Here’s how Philip answered our round of 5Qs*.
Who: Philip Sievers
What: Matrix Artistic Educator
Where: Houston, TX
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?
I look at substance like individual parts and when they come together, as a whole, that’s when something becomes beautiful. It’s like a morphing into beauty.
What other creative outlets besides hairdressing do you explore/practice?
I draw quite a bit, actually. When I was younger, I used to draw a lot of comic book characters.
What’s your personal motto/favorite quote?
If you first don’t succeed, try and try again, because your only failure is you not trying again.
When have you felt the most vulnerable in your career?
That would have been this past year, and on a more personal level in terms of personal growth. For me it was coming out, and realizing it and how people were going to perceive me.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be on time. Always.
If you weren’t a hairstylist, what would you be?
I’m really into cars, and believe it or not, I would be a hi-tech mechanic. Hairdressing or auto mechanics, two opposite ends of the spectrum. I have a ’66 Mustang I just restored, and I actually just got it back this past Monday. It’s been three years in the making. It’s a beast I tell you.
If you were a superhero, what would your special power be?
Reading minds, like Professor X from X-Men. Have you ever seen that movie with Mel Gibson called What Women Want, where he can hear the thoughts of women? Just like that. It’s really funny because you can actually read people’s minds by their body language. I’m very in tune with people’s body language.
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*What are Industrie 5Qs?
Our 5Qs are just that—5 questions that get asked, contemplated and answered. To spice it up, we throw in bonus questions that the person being interviewed gets to pick out of a potluck of possibilities.