TACB Graduate Profile: Talal (Tilly) Eleter

TACB Alumni Student, Tilly Eleter has come a long way since graduating in 2013. After completing his studies, he has quickly built a name for himself in the Sydney Barbering circuit using social media and his incredible skills to boost his client base. This month, after making it to the finals of the Sydney Barber Battle, Tilly took out first place!

We sat down with him to chat about where he’s come from and where he’s heading in the future!

Name: Talal (Tilly) Eleter

Age: 22

Course: Cert III in Hairdressing and a Diploma of Salon Management

Where are you in your course: Graduated both courses

What made you decide to pursue your passion in this industry?

To be honest, before barbering I hadn’t really found anything that I was passionate about. I’d worked in other jobs and then then came to study hairdressing at the Australasian College Broadway. Even then I struggled with the motivation. It wasn’t until I picked up the clippers that I found my place; any stress and pressure dropped off the moment I started doing something I enjoyed.

Where are you now in your career? What dreams or plans do you have in the future?

I currently run my own barbering business called Tilly’s Barber.

This month, I just competed and came first in the Sydney Barber Battle which was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to see where it takes me.

In the future, I want to teach; I really want to be able to target those who are young who feel lost as I was once in those shoes. I want to be able to inspire them and provide them with the skills to make it in an exciting industry.

What have you learnt now that you are in the industry?

Firstly, social media is important. It’s one of the main reasons I am where I am today. Utilising platforms like Instagram and Facebook is a way to build a client base and increase word of mouth about the work you’re doing.

Most importantly though, it’s all about learning respect. No matter who you are, it’s the most important part of working in an industry like this.

I’ve learnt to listen to people because being a barber is not just about working on hair; you also become a friend, a counsellor to your clients. It’s amazing how much people open up to you as they sit in your chair, so being open to what they say and making them feel at ease is also a huge part of their experience with you.

What was your most memorable experience at the College?

It would probably have to be graduating! As I started to get toward the end of my course, I started to really pull my socks up. I was hungry then and that’s when I just said ‘I’m going to do this.’ Graduation day was when I was able to look back on everything that I’d pushed through and say that I’d done it.

What advice would you give to anyone looking at pursuing a career in the industry?

Be hands on. Working in this industry isn’t about avoiding the nitty gritty. You should be in the thick of it from day one.

Also, you have to be passionate. Do your studies and immerse yourself in this world.

Finally, don’t listen to the naysayers. If you have something that you want to do, no matter how crazy it sounds to other people, you can make it happen! It makes it even more rewarding when you prove those people wrong and come out on top!

What advice would you give potential students thinking of studying at the College?

Go for it! This is a growing industry – you’ll never lose your job as you can’t be replaced by a machine. You can travel anywhere with your work – all you need are your clippers. But learning those fundamental skills is so important when building a career.

Main Image Credit: Tilly’s Barber

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