Are You Having a Great Summer? Don't July to Me!
The rain is gone, the swimsuits are out, and it's full blast summer funtimes. We are ready to kick back, so don't judge us when you see us at Magic Mike XXL. This month we have an interview with a special client, a shout out to our Tulsa Tough friends and a super early preview of a photo project we're working on.
Meet Wendy Garrett, Creative Powerhouse
This month we would like to introduce you to a special client at The First Ward. When Wendy comes in for a haircut it always seems to end with us siting in a circle bouncing a thousand ideas around and feeling like we can take over the world. Wendy has worked on Broadway, in television and film production, and as a Walt Disney Imagineer (!) After a circuitous journey, Wendy now calls Tulsa home and we are so glad she does. Jessica did a quick interview with Wendy so that we can share with you some of the creative fuel that she gives when she comes to see us.
Jessica: When you're in for an appointment, I love that we talk about so many types of projects. How do you know if an Idea is any good?
Wendy: I like to bounce ideas off of a variety of people with different interests. When an idea gets a positive response from a large percentage of folks… I feel better about it’s success to speak to enough of an audience to make it worth the effort. I also like to talk about a variety of ideas in the hopes that those “mini brainstorms” might connect the ideas in ways that I can’t see on my own. With all that said, I do think it is equally important to fail, just fail small and early. So if I’m really passionate about an idea, I might put together a mini version to “play-test". Play-testing is something we did at Imagineering quite a lot. We would work on a project/new technology or creative idea for about 6 months to a year, then invite a limited audience to view it and give us honest feedback. The honest feedback part is really important, we didn't allow ourselves to “fall in love” with any idea. We believed to be truly collaborative the idea must still be malleable, it must be able to change and form into a better idea or you are wasting valuable collaboration time.
J: Where do you go in Oklahoma when you are looking for some inspiration?
W: I like to go to the coffee shops around town. I feel a certain entrepreneurial energy there. There are all these folks either meeting for the first time or working on a project… sipping coffee and sharing. There is a certain excitement and optimism in the air. I also, love my office area. We have a co working environment in the Kendall Whittier area and the feeling there is very inspiring for me. It reminds me of some small areas of New York before they got discovered. Artists and Innovators can afford to be there, so some really cool stuff is being created behind those walls. It’s a little forgotten and undiscovered… so the canvas is ours.
J: How is the creative process working here different than it was while working with Disney?
W: With Disney each of us was a specialist in our own area, so we had many people on projects and would work on many projects at the same time. I would have up to 30 projects I was working on at one time. On my own, I need to wear a lot more hats, which I enjoy. It has allowed me to be a student again and learn some new skills.
I try to model my creative process off of what I learned at Disney and what Ed Catmull taught us from Pixar. Couple of important points that I try and remind myself of when working are: (1) It’s important to fail (2) Development and creative follow a process, but you can get out of order sometimes and that’s okay, just get back to the process as soon as possible to make it to the end. But remember that getting the process right is not the goal, getting the idea or product right is. (3) Address all problems and challenges when they come up, don’t push them to the side or deal with them later. (4) No one person on the team should have more authority than the rest, I believe in a true collaboration that all folks must feel like their voice is heard and valued. If someone or group of folks is controlling too much of the idea then the idea suffers. (5) Do post mortems right away - 5 Good and 5 Bad. (6) Lastly, do the hard stuff first, then the rest of your day can be less stressful.
J: You know I'm a major Disney nerd. How can I get my other dream job as an Imagineer?
W: I would say, studying engineering in school and apply. I am always encouraging students to pick Engineering…. I know so many smart folks with theater backgrounds and engineering educations that are doing amazing things at Disney…. Imagineering is always looking for smart folks… it’s never too late.
Still the Best Weekend in Tulsa
Another Tulsa Tough bites the dust and still no one has fallen out a window. We want to give a huge shout out to everyone for helping us host our favorite party of the year.
Thank you to: our secret weapon Sarah Sullivan for the creation of our eternal bronze medal winning imaginary athletic team, May Yang for our new #firstwardwalls, Andrew Harmon for those lights that gave so many ptsd, Whiskey Business for getting us all drunk, Tanner and Sarah for not leaving when the ice ran out, Julian for keeping the weirdos out and everyone that played with us that night.
Can You Put a Price on Beauty?
The time has come for The First Ward stylists to get a raise! We are implementing a small price increase on September 1st. Recently, our product cost has risen. You'll also notice more support staff at the salon to better accommodate clients. The new prices will be posted on the website under 'Services'. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call and ask. Now, let's get back to enjoying this summer!
We are Making Stuff!
Recently, our good friend and rad photographer Adam Murphy approached us about collaborating on a lookbook. I think the best place to start on a project like this is ask yourself "what's the point of this?". Answering that was the easy part. We'd love to share our ideas about what makes a person beautiful and be able to express our philosophy about hair through a photo series.
Now, as we are heading into this process, we wanted to invite you to follow along. You can see where we're drawing inspiration from on our 1970s pinterest mood board and you will see our daily surrounding inspiration on instagram. Yes, the 70s are trending right now, but I assure you that James + Jessica have been have been pulling inspiration from that era since before they used to make out while listening to their favorite Heart album, Dreamboat Annie.