In October 2012 I got a call requesting my services for a movie being filmed in the Montreal area titled Betty and Coretta. The film stars Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige and Malik Yoga. I was hired as a Barber and Stylist to the actors and extras on set. The movie was about the relationship between the wives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X after both their assassinations so they filmed for about a month in a 1960’s-70’s setting in different areas around the city.
Actresses are different than actors, their hair requires constant maintenance on set so the days were longer and busier being responsible for a whole cast of extras. Even though there’s a team of Barbers and Stylist whoever’s head you touch you are responsible for their look the entire day. It was a nice perk to meet and work around actresses and singers like Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige.
It was a challenge to always have a 60’s and 70’s style in mind while working on this production but without a challenge I would get bored.
This was a great experience and another stepping stone in my journey through the business whether it was my thriving Barbershop or a side job working in show biz I knew my dream was coming true.