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Cutting it as a barber

Proud Wiradjuri community member Corey is an inspiration with his super styles and success story.

Cutting it as a barber

Passion becomes a career

Corey is one of those lucky people who know that when you make your passion into your career, you’ll never work a day in your life. Corey is quickly becoming the one-stop-shop for his region’s hair fashionistas, known for his tracks, carving designs and the latest fades.

Corey always loved to cut hair so he taught himself by cutting the hair of family members when he was young. But he only recently decided to have a serious go at it.

“I moved away from barbering after school, but still did it as a side job,” says Corey.

“Over the last few years, I noticed barbering was picking up again and had heard about a popular barbering course at TAFE NSW in Sydney that would fine-tune my hands-on skills.

“I’m now operating a chair out of AMH Hair Design in Dubbo and a barbershop at my house in Wellington.”

Learn from the best

Bruce Hancock, Corey’s barbering teacher at TAFE NSW, runs his own barbershops, one in Sydney and one in Los Angeles. As an expert in the field, he knows that Corey has made the right decision.

“Being a barber provides a great career because not only is barbering fun, more importantly, barbers are in high demand,” says Bruce.

“It is a re-emerging industry with lots of new barbershops with their own themes, specialty and grooming ranges opening all the time.”


Inspiring others

Between doing his famous shaves, cuts and fades, Corey shares his success story with vulnerable youths in the Aboriginal community of Wellington through his role at Joblink Plus and Brothers 4 Recovery.

“I’m a youth mentor at Joblink Plus, which involves working with young vulnerable people to get them into work and study. I’ve travelled to Moree with Brothers 4 Recovery to tell my story and provide encouragement to Aboriginal communities affected by drugs and alcohol,” says Corey


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