Connection and Southern Hospitality

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Celebrity HMUA, Daniel Blaylock - Napolitan, talks about the power of relationships, lessons on his journey, and the one thing every independent artist should know.

Daniel Blaylocks | Photo: Vivian Leigh

If anyone knows about hard work, determination, and passion, it’s Daniel Blaylock - Napolitan. Small beginnings can lead to incredible success through motivation, relationship building, and lots and lots of heart. Here is a glimpse into Daniel’s personal journey, his advice for those wanting to break into the beauty industry, and tips on staying motivated for the ones who are already deeply rooted within.

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a freelancer just starting their journey, what would it be?

A. My advice for a new freelancer would be to SHARE YOUR DREAMS with everyone! You should never stop telling people what you do or what direction you would like your career to go in! Someone will always know someone who might need your services and you will be the first person they think of when making a recommendation. Speak that career into existence.

Q. In a saturated industry, what do you focus on that you feel sets you apart?

A. My focus has always on curating an experience that is unforgettable. Anyone can learn a skill or a trade, but hospitality cannot be taught. I love making my clients truly feel like family and not part of a cattle herd. Every person I touch feels like a VIP.

Q. What is something you wish you knew before starting your career in the beauty industry.

A. I wish I would have known that there isn't just one path for everyone this industry. It took me awhile to find "my" way and to understand that there is absolutely plenty of room for everyone! I also wish I knew how to celebrate my uniqueness from day one. There will always be outside influences that affect our self worth both in the positive and's up to us to deflect the naysayers and embrace the support!

Q. How do you tackle fear and maintaining a positive mindset?

A.This directly relates to the previous question. "Never dim your light because it's shining in someone else's eyes" has become one of my many mantras for that very reason. Another is "Show Up and Show Out". If you are unapologetically authentic, the fear will naturally find its way out the door. I also really respond to other creatives, so surrounding myself with others that I respect in this industry allows me to stay motivated and feel deserving of success.

Q. If there is one person you could work beside for a day, who would it be and why?

A. I am so inspired by Justine Marjan and what she contributes to the hair industry. Her styles always have a signature and I believe there is nothing more rewarding than someone looking at your work and immediately knowing who executed it. Justine is a powerhouse in the hair world and a day with her would be a dream come true!

Q. Relationships are fundamental in this industry, what factors make up a quality relationship?

A. Well, as a married man I can attest that relationships are not hobbies. I put work into my marriage, my friendships, and my career with the expectation that the energy I contribute , I will also receive. Relationships need to be nurtured and built by both parties involved for maximum fulfillment! My greatest relationships consist of good listeners, go-getters, and anyone that can laugh at themselves.

"If one of your friends accomplishes something, be the one that goes the extra mile to make them feel unstoppable!"

Q. What are some of your favorite tips for maximizing relationships?

A. Listen. This is one that I have had to work on the most. Listen. It is very easy to dominate a conversation with ME ME ME. If someone comes to you to vent, 9 times out of 10 they do not want to know how you can relate to their problem...they most likely just want to be heard. I am also a fan of celebrating my tribe! If one of your friends accomplishes something, be the one that goes the extra mile to make them feel unstoppable!

Q. Relationship building can take many forms, what other kinds of relationships outside of clients are impactful for your business?

A. This question leads me back to the very beginning... never stop talking about what you do! I always find ways to bring up my business to other business owners. There are so many ways, especially with the social media movement, to collaborate and cross promote. This can also happen with businesses that aren't even in your particular field of work!

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