We had the good fortune of connecting with Dre Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dre, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Consistency. I truly believe success is directly correlated to being consistent. When you really want something in life you have to consistently apply yourself to the best of your ability.

You have to create a habit of being consistent. Good habits are not easy to create but like all habits they are hard to break.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the barbering industry creativity is mandatory. Every haircut is a work of art. I only get one chance on this canvas. I can’t mess up, and then go buy a new canvas and start over. Every client that sits in my chair at Mug & Mane Barber Lounge expects and desires perfection. I like to say I deliver to their expectations every time. That’s why I adopted the name Dre1st. When somebody stops in the Phoenix / Scottsdale area and they need a haircut they most definitely should stop and see Dre FIRST before they continue about their vacation.

I’m originally from Spokane, Washington. I moved back and forth between WA and AZ from 2006-2012 then finally decided to make myself at home here in the valley. I opened Mug & Mane Barber Lounge in Scottsdale 3 years ago around July 2018. I started cutting hair professionally 5 years ago. I believe my story compared to other barbers is very different and unique. Growing up I really couldn’t afford a haircut and people would clown on me all the time (make fun of me) so one day I always wanted to be in a position to be able to give back to kids who grew up similar to how I did. I also started cutting professional athletes while I was in barber school. Which is very different from the normal. Mostly NFL guys and at the time I really wasn’t that good, but guys loved my personality and how I carried myself. They appreciated my upscale customer service and how I always made time to be available. As I got into the barber industry professionally, I started to separate myself from other barbers by taking my craft serious, always wanting to improve and provide the best service for my clients also always being on time and demanding that of my clientele. That’s when I broke into the NBA stratosphere and started cutting all types of NBA guys like Jamal Murray, Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and many others. Once your name gets out there, it spreads like wildfire. I’ve branched as far as cutting artist in the Hip-Hip space to Hollywood actors. I believe separation in the barbering industry comes from providing top notch, precise haircuts every time and taking pride in the appearance of your clients.

In this world nothing worth having comes easy. Being consistent and staying focused will make the task at hand much easier but everything that comes with success takes hard work, consistency, focus, and dedication.

I believe anybody reading this can agree. When people come to Mug & Mane they don’t only receive a haircut. We converse about many things along the lines of investing, financial literacy, health, life, family, education, sports and the list goes on. We are all about being there for the community and helping others strive to be great.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many things to do here in Arizona, I’m not sure we would be able to tackle everything. I’d for sure take my friends to hike Camelback Mtn. Definitely one of the better hikes in the PHX area.

A few food spots that would make the list Breakfast Bi*** in downtown PHX. Great vibe, good music and solid food, Hash Kitchen, LoLos Chicken & Waffles, Maple & ASH, STK, Buck & Rider.

Would definitely check out some of the art district downtown PHX also head to Oldtown Scottsdale to enjoy some day parties at the bars/clubs maybe the W. Also check out the Scottsdale night life aka mini Vegas.

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?
There’s definitely people who have believed in me since day one but them believing in you will never get you to where you want to go in life. You have to put the work in everyday. You have to believe in self more than they believe in you. You have to be consistent day in and day out to actually achieve and obtain greatness.

I read a book a few years ago called “The One Thing” the book definitely changed my life. I highly recommend the book to anybody who loves a great read. To be great / successful you have to completely locked in to whatever it is your attempting to be great at. Break down your goals from your “someday goals’ where you want to be somebody in life to your today goals (what can you do today to get you one step closer to your “someday’ goals) I believe that book elevated me to the next level.

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