- Tell me a bit about your background. Where you’re from and do you have any siblings? How did you first get started on your career path?
Born In New York to diplomat parents from Sierra Leone. Raised around the world making stops in Moscow. Freetown and London.
One of three (Older brother, younger sister, absolutely no middle child syndrome here!).
Saw a sign in the window of The Gap store on Oxford Street in London, so followed my heart, popped in and applied for a job. Started in sales, but found my true calling doing the visual displays, the first step towards my eventual styling career.
- What has been the most challenging part of your career choice to date?
Discerning who the real ones are in a world where artifice and superficiality reign.
- How is the “Memsor” of today different from the Memsor who was just starting in the industry?
More gray hairs, but much wiser.
Same skin. No wrinkles.
- What is the worst and best career advice you’ve received?
Worst: I haven’t received any terrible career advice; every “misstep” has brought me exactly to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Best: My life motto; the (Latin!) motto of my secondary school “Esse Quam Videri”, which translates to “To be, rather than to seem”. Which is especially prescient in the age of social media. Be authentically you.
- How do you try to differentiate yourself from others that do the exact same thing? How do you handle competition in the industry?
See above. Remain true to myself, which provides all the difference needed.
I run my own race of one; the minute your eyes turn to focus on your supposed competition, you’ve already lost. No one does the exact same thing as me, FYI lol.
- How do you define happiness?
Family. Friends. Faith
Balance. And a bottle of vodka, Ketel One preferably.