Last week, on February 18, the FAME Team judging took place in Sydney for 2019, taking over the La Biosthetique Academie in Sydney to test 14 talented and ambitious hairdressers at their craft. These emerging talents sat across from a panel that included such high calibre names as Sharon Blain, Sarah Laidlaw, Katy Reid, Uros Mikic, Alex Fuchs, Cameron Pine, Sandy Chong, Lauren King, Kobi Bokshish, Nicole Kae, David Mannah and FAME Team Creative Director Jack Morton, and the pressure was on!
The order of proceedings included a three part live skills test, where entrants are given tasks on the spot to complete, with one styling brief and two cutting briefs. There was also a live model presentation of a pre-prepared signature look, as well as an intimate Q and A.
As well as being in the running to be announced as the four members of the 2019 FAME Team at the Australian Hair Fashion Awards, one skilled hairdresser took home a prize on the day. Charlene Fernandez won a hamper provided by Haircare Australia with evo products and Cloud 9 tools as well as a personal Skype tutorial with creative director Lauren McCowan, awarded for her brilliant work with her presentation model.
“FAME team judging is a date I never miss,” Sharon Blain said. “It’s incredibly inspiring to see new talent coming through year on year and I love watching where this journey takes them.”
“As a first time judge I was blown away by the enthusiasm and talent in the room,” agreed TONI&GUY Australia Katy Reeve. I was honoured and humbled to be a part of it.”
Congratulations again to the finalists, Charlene Fernandez, Adam Dyer, Brittany Cristaudo, Christopher Byrne, Daniel Di Iorio, Ellie Martins, Idy Duong, Joshua Anderson, Laura Spinney, Nathan Yip, Sienna Prince Rankin, Taylor Bagster, Travis Bandiera and William Webb, who are in the running for a year of education, editorial, stage and travel experience.
“This was my first year judging the live skills test and wow… it’s a huge day,” said Jack Morton. “The day had impressive technical skills, great stage presence and wonderful collaboration. I can’t wait to see who makes the final four, but I guarantee they will have a year they will never forget.”
Good luck to the finalists!
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