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Stacey Kutz is a Los Angeles-based Guild Award winner and two-time Emmy- nominated barber-stylist with more than 30 years as a stylist to the stars. Catering to a high-profile clientele spanning the music, sports, TV, and film industries worldwide, Stacey currently serves as personal barber-stylist to Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Anthony Anderson, Brian White, Columbus Short, Brandon T. Jackson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, and many more. She is also the barber-stylist for America’s Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, and The Voice.
Stacey’s process of discovery involved happy accidents and experimentation while cutting her brothers’ hair. Her talent blossomed as requests poured in from the celebrities who frequented her household; she quickly became the personal barber for Kid ‘n Play, Teddy Riley and Guy, New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, Kwamé, Martin Lawrence, Heavy D, Sean Combs, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Riddick Bowe, The R.O.C., Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade.
Establishing a following, gaining union accreditation, and maintaining a responsible reputation was no simple feat, but Stacey’s perseverance and dedication to honing her craft paid off in many ways. Her membership in I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Entertainers) and MUAHS (the Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, Local 706), where she also serves as an executive board member, attest to her commitment and devotion.
Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Stacey talks about her long-term career as a barber- stylist to the stars and about breaking boundaries as a high-profile female working in a male-dominated culture. As a single mom to three daughters, Stacey discusses what balance looks like and answers the question, “Can a woman have it all?” Stacey’s message of “Never limit yourself” has served her well and will certainly inspire the masses.