Albert Trujillo

Barber

American Barbershop

Find me online:

“I'm your traditional, old-school barber: you step foot into my shop and I take you back in time.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Barber

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of HELPING PEOPLE and the interests of ART and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

My girlfriend says that when you walk into my barbershop, it's like being at a "Chuck E. Cheese for adults." It's just a bunch of us guys, hanging out and talking; for me, it feels like being back in the military because it has that sort of brotherly feeling to it.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

Find a successful mentor in your industry; my boss is working on opening his third shop right now, and seeing his drive has really inspired me to do something bigger, nicer, and better than the shop that I'm at now. That's a pretty lofty goal, since our shop is already internationally known, but having a driven mentor has inspired me to shoot for those kind of goals, and to pursue even bigger things.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Barber

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN COLLEGE

In order to do my job, you do have to go through that barbering course and get your license, but more importantly, you have to know that the education never stops. Try to get into a shop that's interesting or that will let you be creative, and then keep up your education through things like YouTube videos.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MYSELF

“You're not a Marine anymore; you don't matter as much.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

When you're fighting overseas, you put on that uniform and you feel like you're a superhero; then, you come back, and you're not getting that adrenaline rush, and you don't feel like you're making a difference anymore. For a long time, I just wanted to go back. Getting over that took some therapy and support from my friends, who taught me to "stay in my lane"; if you don't let other people get to you, and you just worry about yourself and you keep doing what you want to do, you'll be okay.

Service Background and Insight

What branch of the military did you serve in?

Marine Corps

When did you complete active military service (ETS)? Please specify the year (YYYY).

2013

What is the highest rank you reached while in the service?

E-4

What are some tips you would recommend for someone transitioning into civilian life?

1.) Even if you didn't see combat, you should still look into therapy or group therapy, just to help you transition into civilian life and find other veterans that you can relate to.

As many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war. Have you experienced PTSD, combat stress, or TBI as a result of your service?

PTSD

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