Pic: Anil Parmar: Andrew Curtis set up The Hair Project in 2010
“I was that kid that grew up on a council estate without opportunities. Most of my friends that I grew up with either became drug dealers, have been murdered or ended up in prison” – these are the words of successful hairstylist Andrew Curtis and now one of the directors of The Hair Project, in Hoxton, East London.
Curtis, who trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy from the age of 17. He progressed onto working in a Vidal Sassoon salon as an assistant to stylist. This was followed by many years of experience in other high-end salons. Continue reading →
The Big Issue online journalists are homeless and marginalised people taking part in online journalism training with The Big Issue and Poached Creative.
Read their work and find out more about the programme on this site.
Quotes from our trainees
“Training like this is not available anywhere. This is really good because it’s hands on as well as the written part of it. I've learnt a hell of a lot in a short period of time.” Anil
“I didn't realise that I was able to do this as a career. I like writing and this course has made me realise that I could do it.” Martin
“it’s given me a little bit more confidence in terms of working with the camera. It’s given me a bit more of an aim now, in terms of what I want to do. I've got a bit more focus in terms of where I want to go with it. It’s given me direction. “ Dave
“it’s given me a routine. It has given me a routine in the day time. To get up early in the morning, get on the train. I need structure in the daytime. That’s lacking. If I am committed it helps me in the day.” Anil
“I'm stepping back into the right zone of getting back to work. Freelancing is difficult. This is good for networking, getting back with people, seeing how different people work and getting good good feelings about yourself.” Chris