We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Rogers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thomas, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is very important in life and business. My example is this: When thinking of starting a career, “sky is the limit” right? Ok, to reach the sky you must first jump. Next you must fly. Metaphorically speaking, you have to jump off the edge to see “If” you can fly to reach the sky. I knew to become what I had the vision of, I had to risk going all in. I quit my job with none to maybe 1 client, and moved into a barber suite. I was given a month free, then it would be $175 a week. I would get up early at 4am and UBER until 8am to make at least $25 a day 7 days. I did this until the demand for haircuts were enough to cover the rent. I continued to get up at 4am and started going to the suite at 5am. Sometimes no clients, but I was there. Became very consistent at this routine and it’s been up every since. I had to cut ties with all things that wasn’t lining up with my purpose. I had to jump off the cliff to get to the sky I’ve been soaring through ever since.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is Barbering. It’s everything about it. I love being creative. I love to transform my clients right before their own eyes. The vibe, the entire experience that I have complete control of. From the shampoo after the fade, to the crispy lining after the hot lather and hot towel. Good music or numerous amounts of streaming outlets on the BIG TV right in front of you on the wall. It the Bfresh Experience.that my clients love. It all started with a desire to be the best barber I could be, for me. I never wanted/want to be in competition with anyone, just learn or inspire. I try to stay consistent and go harder than I ever did working a “job”. I’m up at 4am and first appointment at 6am, some rare occasions 5am. I’m just saying, I’m different intentionally. It wasn’t easy, let’s get that out there. Anything worth having has a process. If you want to become successful and or start a business, it will be hard. When I was a restaurant manager, I worked 65-80 hours a week sometimes. So I go just as hard or harder. Mostly harder. I do so because I put sweat equity in someone else’s dream, so I must bleed for mine. I sacrificed sleep, time, relationships, money, etc. It was all to be greater later. I have learned to be a student. You can never have too much information. I’ve learned that it’s bigger than a haircut. I’m the lifeline people need at times. I’m a counselor, coach, dad, advisor, friend, mentor, the list is infinite. However I understand that’s how purpose works. I’ve learned that my passion is my purpose. If you are looking for a barber with soul, style, and technique—look no further. My nickname in the shop is Bug, and seven days a week, I’m behind my chair providing the best experience for my clients. IF IT AIN’T FRESH….IT AIN’T ME, BUGGZYFRESH Fresh Fades Everyday 💯✊🏾✊🏾
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I usually go to Green Gator, Las Colinas. That whole area around the Toyota Music Factory is nice. The Henry is also very nice. My wife’s birthday party was awesome there. I mainly entertain at home though. However, being from New Orleans Bayou Cat Arlington is the truth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shout out my lovely wife.
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