We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Pridemore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in a small tiny town in Oklahoma. We moved around a lot as a kid. We settled in Phoenix around 1989. Most of my time I spent in Phoenix. We moved around a lot to different states. I attended many different schools within the same school year at times. My mom can’t read or write. She wasn’t sent to school as a child. Drugs took over my dads life and he quit working when I was 16. My sister and I were checked out of school and we were homeless. I worked full time to pay for motels, or we slept in parks or wherever we could when I couldn’t pay for motels. I enrolled back into school the following year. My dream was always to attend a university. I did take classes later at community college, but my family situation worsened and I did not have the opportunity to finish and get a degree. I decided the only way to get where I wanted was to work as hard as I could. When we were homeless I couldn’t afford a haircut so I leaned how to cut my own hair. That eventually led me to going to hair school later. I wanted to be as successful as possible. So, I worked as much as I could and took as much education to get better and better at hair. That led me to taking risks and investing in not only myself, but other business ventures. Doing hair has taken me around the world literally. I wanted to do better and never put my family through what I went through. I work as hard as I can to make sure that never happens. I also give back and help others as much as I can, because of what I went through. I realized one day that complaining doesn’t resolve the situation. It’s okay to vent at times, but complaining doesn’t fix it. If I wanted to be in a better situation I needed to do something about it myself. I used to be upset about my situation because I felt I never got the chance others may have received. To this day I know it molded me into who I am. I may not have done well coming from a better environment. Who knows?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I create colors and haircuts. Using shapes and colors to achieve a look that you can take pride in wearing. I tailor all colors and cuts. I’m not an order taker. If I feel it is not suitable for you then I’ll tell you in a polite way, or find a way to compromise.
My first salon I worked in I was the first male they hired. I knew nothing other than what I learned in school. The basics. The salon was very hard on me. Nothing was good enough. They criticized every piece of my work. I would practice over and over all day long. It wasn’t easy, but I’m thankful because it pushed me to be better.
Hair gave me many opportunities. I have gotten the opportunity to live in other countries doing hair and see the world sharing my knowledge.
One lesson I learned is humility. Don’t be too confident or cocky. Being young sometimes you get cocky. It’s better to stay humble.
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 would start with brunch. Too many good places to go for brunch. Grab a beer or Bloody Mary. I love Butterfields or Daily Dose. Golf would be a must. So many great courses to play. Arcadia and Downtown have great vibes. The small hole in the wall bars and places to eat. The Vig on Sundays is amazing. Dinner I would have to take them to Rustlers Roost. They don’t have places like this around too much anymore. Don’t get me wrong I love trendy places with a great atmosphere. At Rustlers Roost the view and food to choose from is unique. Everyone who has never been to Arizona wants something authentic from Arizona. Where else can you get rattlesnake to eat and all you can eat ribs?
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 had a few mentors that helped me growing up. First I would like to mention D’Michael Perkins. He mentored me very young and would help me. He made sure I stayed in school. Walker Russell was another that gave me a chance and hired me to wash cars. I learned a lot about what family and marriage was supposed to look like. He taught me to help others in need. Taught me the value of hard work. Jason and Alston Elkan helped me when I didn’t have a place to live. Took me in and treated me like a brother even to this very day. Both very successful and push me to do more. My Uncle John Pridemore and Aunt Jan who after moving back to the states eventually took over the role of my mother and father. My Uncle worked hard and was very successfulI. I always looked up to him as a child. We have a great relationship and I call them Mom and Dad. My wife Yori is my biggest believer and biggest fan. She pushes me to take risks. Without her I wouldn’t be where I am today.
The Bible is what I read and still read. It kept me positive going through everything. When there was no food, Food always came. I also always read autobiographies of people that succeeded. I wanted to learn their blueprint to success. Those that came from nothing. I would take little things I read and put them in my toolbox.