I’m J. Clark Walker. I am from Centerville, Utah and currently live in Brooklyn, NY with my wife and son.
During college I hoped to become a doctor. It was miserable for me. In my senior year at Utah State University, I realized that sort of lifestyle was not going to be fun at all for me, or my family. I took some time off to figure things out. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do for a living, other than snow ski, water ski, and watch sports all day. After a couple of months of stressing and digging and searching, it became clear that I really wanted to be a barber.
I broke the news to my family and some friends, and dropped out of college. I immediately applied for The Barber School.
The first day of barber school confirmed I had made the right choice. I felt light. I felt free. I was so happy. It was one of the best days of my life. I could not wait to go home and tell my wife everything, go to bed, wake up, and go back to school. It was seriously the best thing.
During my undergrad, there were times I enjoyed studying about the insides of our bodies, but I never fell in love with it or the idea of doing it the rest of my life. There is nothing good about that feeling.
On that first day of school we learned about traditional barbering. We learned what it would be like once we were barbers. We learned about clippers, how they work, and what is inside of them. I was on the edge of my seat. It sounds stupid, but it’s true. I found what I had been looking for.
I knew I could be passionate about this for the rest of my life.
I graduated Barber School in 6 months. I loved every minute. During school my wife Michelle got pregnant, we were thrilled. After six months of working my first barbering job, we had our first child. We named him Rudy.
After about a year of cutting hair in Salt Lake City, we decided to make a big move to New York City. We hoped it would give me chances to keep learning and that we could have more adventures together, and we are. I am working in a great shop with incredible barbers all around me in Manhattan. It’s going great.
I love my job a lot but I love my family more. I feel like I have been led to a path that will allow us to be very, very, happy. And I’m really grateful.
Photos by Tim Coulson