We had the good fortune of connecting with Donelle Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donelle, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose barbering as my career because naturally I’ve always been creative. From the age of 6 or 7 my curiosity and love for artistic ventures easily enraptured my attention and motivated me to create things worth while whether it be a get well soon card for my mother or a personal drawing on the computer using paint. Creativity has always been a positive ever growing interest of mine so naturally I understand how my goal of being a barber came about.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Not having your biological father and not knowing exactly who you are or what you’re made of was my biggest hardest longest lesson and adventure to know me. Being raised in Las Vegas Nevada is truly a different type of growing up. The exposure and lack of censory mixed mixed a curious kid are a recipe for some major trial and errors. From a young age I always had a deep anger inside maybe even a resentment towards my mother towards authority which I think stemmed from not having my biological father around to teach me about who I am . I’ve endured huge fights with my mom counseling and therapy for anger suspensions from every grade incarceration and drug addiction which is alot for any person to overlook and continue fighting for a future. I’m most proud of myself for my resilience and perseverance through countless obstacles that are life ending for some. After running the streets of Las Vegas for 6 years after graduating high-school and dropping out of college in a drug induced money hungry haze I finally set myself a goal to become a barber to have a career. I moved to Florida to heal from self sabotage and thanks to my grandparents got my mind and body aligned with my highest good. Which ultimately led to my application to barber college in Colorado where my life began. At the age of 26 I enrolled in barber college and moved by myself to colorado with 300 dollars to my name and a truck. I quickly buckled down got a job delivering pizza and found a room to rent close to the school. I was doing it I was beating the odds. The biggest lesson I learned moving to a state by yourself and grinding for your future is the ability to find peace and comfort with being alone and taking on all the emotions of loneliness and embracing it all with optimism. 13 months of pizza deliveries and full time hours in school I was graduated and finally q credited barber. Upon graduating I passed my state boards and received my long awaited professionals license in the state of Colorado where I still reside and work as a barber in a popular barbershop. It wasn’t easy but all I’ve been through yielded what i would call worth it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friends or family came to visit me here I would take them on a few scenic hikes Las Vegas has nothing close to the landscape and beautiful outdoor views Colorado offers. I would take them on a tour of my town Grand Junction and treat them to some of the local food places I favor such as Los Jilbertos Tacos Garcia in Delta and a few other mom and pop restaurants. Colorado is a beautiful place with alot of welcoming people and endless adventures.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe who i am and all of my morals virtues and drive to my mother Jennifer and my Dad Raymond . At 18 years old my mother moved to Las Vegas alone to create a better chance for herself and I to lead successful lives. My biological father was imprisoned which left my mother with me and soon after moving to Vegas my brother, 19 with 2 babies she did what she needed to. Raymond is my step father but my Dad nonetheless as he raised me from a toddler through high-school and into adulthood along with me other brother this man never held back what seemed to be boring lectures and you should know better talks but those exact talks are what shaped my character I am who I am for having such an educated loving father.