Phoebe Coleman - Maryland Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Shooting Future Stars Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Phoebe is 13 years old, an actress, plays the drums and dances. She is also an honor student who reads to kids in her spare time.
What are some of your favorite quotes and why? Cicely Tyson quote: • “I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.” I feel that you are always learning your craft. When you stop learning, you give up.
Denzel Washington quotes: • “You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s part of it.” I feel that you have to go through something to get something. • “Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do.” I feel that you have to put your best in life to be the best – this goes for acting too.
What is your favorite part about playing the drums? Before I took drum lessons, I would often hit my thighs, the table in front of me or anything else that I could hit or bang on. My favorite part of playing the drums is accenting or making a stronger sound after maintaining a certain beat or tempo.
When you dance, what are some thoughts that go through your head? When I dance, I feel free. I feel as though there is no care in the world. I feel like I can fly like an eagle in the wind. I have a destination in mind or I am focused on being free. I am thinking freedom from all cares when I dance.
Tell me about your experience of reading to kids in your spare time. I love reading to kids in my spare time. I know that I am giving back to the community. I have read at malls, community centers, day care centers and plan to continue doing this. The kids interact with me through my questions to them and their questions to me. They are engaged with the conversation and they are motivated about what I say to them.
What’s next for you? In the future, my plans include acting in movies and television shows that have action, motivation, and comedy in them. I also want to motivate the financially disadvantaged and physically challenged youth.
Phoebe was featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
James McCann III - Maryland Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Photography and Nomination by Shooting Future Stars Featured in Issue 16 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: James McCann III is a junior in High School who launched his business at the age of 14. His first client was his mom. From there he then began cutting friends and family hair in 2017. He became so popular and in demand that he launched Wavycuts.est17. James is a full-time student and cuts hair during every free moment he can, from Fridays after school until Sunday evening. Fades are his specialty. He also trims beards and arches eyebrows. James is such an inspiring young man and takes great pride in his work and business. He's inspiring boys, teens and adults.
Tell me about how your business got started. My business got started with many inspiring factors. My brother is a proud owner of his own barbershop. I also found a youtuber called 360 Jezzy, which turned into a wave and barber channel. This inspired me to get some clippers as soon as I could. My own barber gave me my first pair of fading clippers. When I got home, I begged my mom to let me cut her hair since she already had a low cut hairstyle and she agreed. My mom was my first customer.
What is “Wavycuts.est17.”? Wavycuts.est17 is a combination of me. I have waves and I started cutting in 2017, thus est. (established).
How are you inspiring to others? I keep improving and don’t give up. The first time I cut, it was not what I wanted the finished product to look like at all. Despite this, I continued to cut and got better and better. I continued to watch videos and tutorials to improve. I even cut hair when I broke my leg. My grandmother bought me a device that would allow me to rest my leg and cut hair at the same time. I am passionate about cutting hair and believe God has given me a gift so I don’t want to waste it.
What are some trimming/cutting techniques you think everyone should know? There are 3 tips that I learned and believe barbers should use each day. #1 Always take your time so the work is your best work and a reflection of the client and barber. #2 Never get discouraged with a haircut. Make sure each haircut you have a strong mindset knowing you will get better because of the repetition. And, #3 Always use your mirror. The mirror does not lie, so if your lineup is not straight or fade not blended it will show.
What are your goals for the business moving forward? I have two major plans. The first plan is to travel around the world to different barber events and expos. And my second plan is to own at least 5 barber shops by the age of 30 in the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia areas.