Today we’d like to introduce you to Rell Goddy.
Rell, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Most barbers grew up cutting hair for me it started as just a scheme get away from a traditional 9-5 job but I fell in love with the craft. I didn’t pick up any clippers until I started barber school. I was so eager to get better… unsatisfied with my progress I asked my teacher how many heads do I need to cut a day to get better. She replied “five to ten”. I knew I would never cut that many heads a day in school so I decided to go to a local barbershop to work. The owner made me do a demonstration and told me I wasn’t ready to work in a shop yet. With my pride crushed I had a choice to make try again or try harder… giving up wasn’t an option I quit my job with no clientele or any barbershop experience. All I had was drive and dream.
My teacher Mr. Brown stresses the importance of networking in your industry so I started going to hair shows. There I took a class taught by a barber named Youseff. Little did I know we would have a mutual friend who would reintroduce us. He took me to Diamond Cuts I talked to Youseff and he told me “If you can take the constructive criticism I’ve got a chair for you” since then I’ve learned so much, got the chance to meet so many dope people in the industry, travel to barber shows all over, and I get the chance to work alongside some of the best barbers in Georgia. I’m beyond grateful for where this journey has to lead me thus far and I’m even more eager to see where else it takes me.
Has it been a smooth road?
One of my biggest trials has been being able to accept the fact that no matter how good of a mentor you have, or how much you study someone, or how much you invest into yourself or your craft THAT YOU ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THE PROCESS. You still have to go through your trials and tribulations just like whoever it may be that you look up to or aspire to be like. Some things are simply timing and you have no control over that. Getting better at something is inevitable when your working at it relentlessly. We want things to happen overnight but that’s just not reality.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Diamond Cuts Barber Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
I’m a barber/groomsman. The culture at Diamond Cuts is like a family. So many different ethnicities and origins that we all bring together. I think I’m most proud of the fact that even though all the adversity I face day to day pursuing this dream I’m still having the time of my life enjoying every day.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I definitely plan to have my own barber studio but I think the biggest shift for me will be doing what I want to do in the community. I boxed when I was younger and it was a key part in my life. When my friends were getting into trouble I was boxing. It saved me from a lot of stuff. So I figure if I put one on my community maybe it can save someone else.
- $5 Kids Haircuts Tues & Thursday
- Men’s Full Head & Face $20
- Authentic Curl Sponges $10
- Address: 6030 Ga-85 Riverdale, Ga 30274 Suite 228
- Instagram: @rellgoddy
- Twitter: @rellgoddy