Jimmy Morrison of Ballarat, Victoria, is making waves in the local barber community with his shop, Musket & Bayonet. Jimmy, 25, has achieved a great deal in a short period of time and is a perfect example of someone who is living their passion. We had the opportunity to share a conversation with Jimmy to find out about his past, present and future in the barbershop game.
Jimmy thanks for taking the time to chat to us. So to start off, what were you doing before you became a Barber? I used to be a shopfitter for five years and play in the music scene. I’ve been a Barber for just on three years now.
What attracted you to this trade in particular? I’ve always had an interest in hair since I was a kid.
What led to you opening your own barbershop in Ballarat and what are your long term goals for Musket & Bayonet? I’ve always lived in Ballarat, I got married to my wife of seven years here and we have two young boys, Xavier (6) who has just started school and Archie (2) who needs a big backyard as he is super active! After commuting to Melbourne for 3 years with minimal sleep and not seeing my family I thought it was a good time to open something I had dreamed about since the first day I started in this craft. My long term goal with Musket & Bayonet is to create a local social hub for men to come talk and feel good about themselves within the Ballarat community.
Did you think that Melbourne was a bit saturated with barbershops? Not overly no. There are a lot of shops but it’s a great big city with a lot of people. I love the Melbourne barber culture.
How’d you go about assembling a team of high grade barbers for the store? I built a good bond with Rhys at Kings Domain where we trained together and became really good friends. He always used to say, “when you open your shop back in Ballarat I’ll be the first one to work there with you.” So when it came time I knew who to message first about coming to work at Musket & Bayonet.
Barbershop culture is huge at the moment and seems to be going through a massive revival, almost in the same way vinyl records have in recent years. It seems like everywhere you look these days people have immaculately styled heads and beards, and people know where to go and who to see for a good cut or trim. Do you think there was something in society that triggered this return to the barbershop? Barbering has always been a timeless craft but I’ve found that it’s making a huge comeback with guys now taking more pride in themselves.
Where do you see the culture heading in the future? I only see it getting bigger and better. More and more people are recognizing barbers as “BARBERS”.
The barber industry seems incredibly competitive. Has this been a challenge for you in the past and has it affected your approach with Musket & Bayonet? No not overly. I’ve found the barbers and barbershops that I’ve spoken to have pushed me to do what I love. Everyone I’ve met in this industry is super supportive, it’s like a brotherhood. We all have each other’s best interest in mind.
How do you set yourself apart from all the other barbershops out there? There’s a few local barbershops already in Ballarat so at Musket & Bayonet I wanted to offer a service a little different but still keep it traditional.
Your social media game already seems very strong. How important is social media to your business? Social media is one of the biggest things you need to keep up a good flow. I find at least doing one post a day with haircuts and what’s happening at the shop is important for everyone to see.
Do you advertise outside of your social media accounts? Yes, I’m just now branching out into local magazines and local community newsletters. I find it’s important to cover your bases everywhere to every kind of person.
What advice would you have for me if I’m looking to open my own barbershop? Talk to some other barbers and get some information from them, talk to friends and get there support, and most importantly have the drive and passion.
If I’m interested in becoming a barber where should I go for more information and do I need a qualification? More and more TAFEs this year have introduced a Cert III in Barbering so have a look online. There’s plenty of courses on offer.
Where can I find Musket & Bayonet on the street and online? We’re located at 10 Doveton St, Ballarat. You can find us online at www.musketandbayonet.com.au