Exclusive Interview with Scotty Cunha
We have BIG NEWS! We’ve been working on a very special collaboration with Rhode Island raised celebrity hair stylist Scotty Cunha. You may have seen him featured in some of the Kardashian’s Instagrams, as well as that of Lucy Hale and Chrissy Teigen. We’re so excited for you to see the finished product of this collab, which will be available soon! In the meantime, we wanted you to have the chance to get to know Scotty like we do. So, our creative director, Bryce, sat down with him for a glass of rose and asked him a few questions. Keep an eye on your email for updates on this collab!
Q: So fill me in on your back story. What did you want be when you were younger? Where did this begin?
A: Well, I always wanted to be a dancer; I was always kind of artsy. High school wasn’t for me and I was so over it, and I knew I wanted to do something artistic, so I was like “what can I do with my hands?” I wanted to go to fashion school, but I only wanted to be a stylist. I didn’t want to take textile classes. Then, I saw a beauty school that was just opening up down the street in Cranston, Paul Mitchell. I drove by and I was like “I’m going to beauty school and I’m gonna do makeup.” But then, the woman was like “well then you have to take esthetician classes”, and I’m like no I can’t not talk all day, so let me try hair! So I tried hair and I loved it and I got it and that was it. I was like “let me run with this, done, I’m just gonna like go with it!” I mean hair’s kinda easy.
Q: Tell us who has influenced your career the most. Was it your parents? Your role model? Was it a celebrity? Who was it?
A: I mean, my parents are immigrants from Portugal, so when they moved to America that was a really big deal to me. They moved to a country where they didn’t speak the language and they lived the American dream. They worked, they’re still at their same job, they got a house, and they had me.
My parents stood behind me on every single decision. Like they literally supported me in every single thing. My dad made me play soccer for a little bit and I was like “please don’t make me play soccer, I wanna be a cheerleader,” and he was like “ok, honey.” And then they were like “you need to go to school, you don’t wanna work your whole life,” and I was like “no, I hate school!” And they’re like “ok fine…” and I’m like “I wanna go to beauty school.” They still don’t really get the concept. My parents’ friends tell them who I’m with. They’ll be like “oh, I saw Scott with Kim”. They still really don’t get it, which is really funny. When I went on tour with Miley, my mom would always say “how’s Millie?”
Q: How did you land Miley?
A: I was an assistant for 4 years at Jonathan’s salon and he had a reality show, so I thought I made it. I was like “guys, I’m on tv! I did it!” But really, it was torture and I was an assistant, so it was really hard. But, I’m so glad I did that for so long because that helped me be so good at what I’m doing today.
It was hell. Jonathan tortured me. But, then I finally got a job at this salon in Little Compton. Those were the Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie days… everyone that was in US weekly at the time was styled by Andy. So when I found out he was opening a salon, I went there and I was like “hi, can I work here?!” And he was on tour with Madonna at the time, so his business partner was like “yeah, do a test.” So I brought my poor friend in and I remember I made her grow her hair out at the time and I was like “no, let’s not do layers. We wanna be like Ashley Olsen. No layers, No layers!” And then I brought her in and I chopped all her hair off for “the hair cut,” to show them. She still talks about it and says that I ruined her hair.
So, then I started working there; I got the job, thankfully. I met this girl, Jen Atkin, and she’s amazing. Her agent said “hey, do you know anyone who would wanna go on tour with Miley Cyrus? You’re really busy and you can’t go,” and she said Scott. She was like “Scott, you should do it.” I was like “Yes, 100%.” She was just finishing Hannah Montana, so this was her first exposure as Miley Cyrus and not Hannah Montana, so it was a really big deal.
Q: Do you have any questions about Fifth & Ninth? What do you think your audience would want to know about our brand?
A: It’s so cute! I love the name! You’re killing it; it’s so smart! Collaborating with people is so smart! I was watching this thing about how Alessandro Michele from Gucci collaborated with the guy that was tagging garbage cans and stuff. Instead of suing him, he was like “let’s collaborate!” To collaborate with people is so smart, like it’s such a good business mindset because it’s not competition. I’m not Oprah, but it really is about collaborating and working with your peers!
Special thanks to Scotty for sitting down with us! We are so excited for you all to see what we’ve been working on. Stay tuned for the release date!
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