Stacey Kutz is a Los Angeles-based Guild Award winner and two-time Emmy- nominated barber-stylist with more than 30 years as a stylist to the stars. Catering to a high-profile clientele spanning the music, sports, TV, and film industries worldwide, Stacey currently serves as personal barber-stylist to Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Anthony Anderson, Brian White, Columbus Short, Brandon T. Jackson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, and many more. She is also the barber-stylist for America’s Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, and The Voice.
A native of New York City, Stacey lived an eventful and colorful childhood. Her mother was a model and fashion designer, her father was a music producer-songwriter, and her stepfather was a record company executive at RCA, Solar, and Warner Brothers. Her grandfather was a barber for more than 67 years: at age 17, he opened the first African- American-owned barbershop in Gordon Heights, Long island. All of these factors introduced Stacey to the world of A-list celebrities and instilled in her a natural eye for style, laying the path to her present career.
Stacey’s process of discovery involved happy accidents and experimentation while cutting her brothers’ hair. Her talent blossomed as requests poured in from the celebrities who frequented her household; she quickly became the personal barber for Kid ‘n Play, Teddy Riley and Guy, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, Kwamé, Martin Lawrence, Heavy D, Sean Combs, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Riddick Bowe, The R.O.C., Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade.
Establishing a following, gaining union accreditation, and maintaining a responsible reputation was no simple feat, but Stacey’s perseverance and dedication to honing her craft paid off in many ways. Her membership in I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Entertainers) and MUAHS (the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, Local 706), where she also serves as an executive board member, attest to her commitment and devotion.
Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Stacey talks about her long-term career as a barber- stylist to the stars and about breaking boundaries as a high-profile female working in a male-dominated culture. As a single mom to three daughters, Stacey discusses what balance looks like and answers the question, “Can a woman have it all?” Stacey’s message of “Never limit yourself” has served her well and will certainly inspire the masses.
Behind the Scenes with Winn and Stacey: https://youtu.be/HI8ZwQZuS_c
Stacey Kutz and Winn Claybaugh
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The monthly MASTERS audio program features interviews, success secrets, and business-building presentations by the absolute best leaders in and out of the beauty industry. With subscribers in countries around the world, MASTERS boasts the most complete library and history of what makes the beauty industry great. Founded in 1995, MASTERS lets you hear the actual voices of your favorite artists, educators, and mentors as they tell their own stories and share their amazing wisdom for success.
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Originally posted on Modern Salon