We are big-time Sebastian lovers… If you have EVER met us, you know that Re-Shaper is on our list of life essentials. So of course we have been following the work of Omar Antonio, Sebastian Artistic Team Member, for quite some time. We are so grateful to have followed Omar at Fashion Week and Sebastian Black Ops. Most recently he was kind enough to sneak us into Sebastian What’s Next San Francisco.
What has been your biggest accomplishment of your career?
My biggest accomplishment in my career was when I was added To the International artistic team for Sebastian. It meant that I had reached a certain level of craftsmanship, dedication and professionalism To represent such an amazing family and I did it all by being true to myself as an individual, and that’s my biggest accomplishment.
As a firm believer in education, what would be the number one class you would take this year?
I’m really inspired by new avenues and I have just returned from an amazing educational experience at the New York Wella World Studio. Joshua Wagner of Sebastian offers an absolutely informative and inspirational men’s cutting course but I can’t stop talking about. I would strongly suggest this as the “Must Go To” class of the year!
Dare-to-wear hair is your specialty. Where do you find inspiration for all of your creative looks?
With avant-garde as one of my specialties I am always inspired by the most unusual things. I have a very short attention span so my eyes are always wondering, always looking for something to catch my attention. I’m inspired by distractions!!!
Sebastian discovered your knack for the craft in 2004, what 5 words would you use to describe your journey since then? And why?
SCARY– So much pressure. So many opportunities to prove to myself that “I can do anything”.
FAST– It seems like just yesterday I was sitting front and center in my classroom at Miss Marty’s cosmetology school in San Francisco.
UNBELIEVABLE– To inspire someone. To see the face of success in the eyes of artists.
BLESSED– I’ve met some of the most inspirational artists in the whole wide world. Some of which are now my best friends!
CREATIVE– I’ve never felt so creative in my whole life.
What do you find to be most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding thing about my career is that moment when a living soul walks right up to you and says “Thank you”. Thank you for changing my life, for inspiring me, for re-inspiring me. I’m just some little nobody from the streets of San Francisco, I’m just me.
Being a part of the Sebastian Design Team you must have a fav product. What is your absolute must have style product?
Omar Antonio’s must-have product is Re-Shaper. I could not do, what I do, without this, in my “do”!
We must admit… We are huge Omar stalkers, and love that you are a family man. What are your secrets for maintaining balance?
Being a father of four and working the tight schedule that I do, balance is almost unachievable. Somehow, through the grace of God, we have balance. It’s about teamwork. It’s about communication. It’s about unconditional love and tons of support from each and every family member.
What is it about the Beauty Changes Lives Come 2Gether event that draws you to it?
I’m a firm believer in collaboration. When asked to contribute my time I jumped on the opportunity. I will be sharing the stage with some of my idols, some of my mentors and one of my dearest friends too, Diego Raviglione.
The title says it all “Come2gether”. We are here to inspire through the passion of collaboration.
I knew I was a Hair Nerd when….
I knew I was hair nerd when on a train ride home after (cosmetology) school. The train made a very sudden stop and 4 doll heads rolled out of my bag and down the aisle…..The screams I heard come out of the passengers mouths. What a nerd!!!!!!