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Ep. 16 Coree Moreno

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Coree Moreno is taking over the industry at only 25 years old! His clientele includes a who's who of Hollywood's It Girls including, Teyana Taylor, Eva Marcille, Dani Leigh, Serena Williams and the list goes on... Coree is even responsible for the beautiful tresses of Pusha T's wife Virginia for her wedding day!

So, Hey, everyone is to hear a joy. Welcome to the cut life podcast, where we talked to the best hair stylists in the business and also the boss is behind some of your favorite beauty brands, and today is no different. I have someone that I've also stalked on Instagram, Corey Moreno, on the phone. High Cory, hi, how are you? I am amazing and I'm trying to remember how I first discovered you on social media. I'm not really sure what look you did that it was, but I know I've been stalking you ever since because it's excited about. That makes me happy. Know your work is amazing and then, on top of that, I found out you're only twenty five. Yeah, and I was like saven to some happy belated yeah, and I'm just like, wait a minute, this is this guy is out here doing the damn thing, like working with all of these amazing celebris, which will get into all of that, but I'm sure people look at you and say, Oh, he's just young and fabulous and traveling and doing all these amazing you know, people's hair. But we have to get into the actual backstory behind how you even got into the business. So tell me a bit about your journey to becoming a hair stylist. Such a pack. I'm sure it's a lot, but you know, we can we can start with maybe what inspired you to become one, okay, and then, you know, go from there. Okay. Um, so I would probably say this has been something that I've been wanting to do my entire life. I mean, I grew up, and that help go, with a mother who was very into doing her hair and Tam to her look and it just kind of like inspired me and being that millennial generation, I guess I'm I kind of just grabbed the idea of being a hair gus...

...said, and like this, ran with it. So I've pretty much been doing this all my life. I haven't had a real job outside of me, don't you know, walking in my purpose and it doesn't even feel like work. So, you know, I'm really blessed to be able to say I found, you know, my my career and my passion very early one. I love that and they say that when you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work, and that's how I feel about my job. I'm like, look, I get to create content, talk to like fun people, and people always assume on my hairstyles. I'm like no, I just love hair, short, short hair in particular. But you know, I just love hair, I love beauty and fashion. So it's perfect when you're doing what you love. And some it is pretty crazy that, like I'm like talking to you now, because I remember, like maybe when instagram first came around. I will post them when the cut life came up, you know, came about. It changed the game for the way that people like search for. Hey, I mean every life, one of my clients who has for here. They have brought it a free shout from the life. Oh, that makes me so happy. I'm so excited about that. And we're going to be six years old this year. I believe it, I cannot. We've been around all of your s corps, while I'm like mom bottom by that. It is crazy. And you know, just to see how it has become a trend, you know, the screenshot inspiration and take it to your style, as I always my heart just warms up every time someone tells me something like that. It's so exciting. And so let's get into some of your fabulous clients hole, because first off, pushes to his wife. I'm in love with her, Virginia is everything, and you know what I love about her is because she has this natural, effortless beauty and she reminds me of Lauren London, who I also stand for right, and I love that vibe because I think that you know, you know, working in beauty, the trend now it's a lot of lace fronts, a...

...lot of heavy makeup, and it's nothing wrong with doing you, but it is refreshing to see such a natural beauty. So I would love to talk to you because not only do you styled her hair for a before the biggest event of her life, basically, I mean and weddings are stressful enough and beyond planning it, obviously you want to look amazing, your best self. So can you talk to us a bit about, talk to me a bit about the process of coming up with her look for her special day, and you know any type of pre you know wedding, you know trials that you had to go through to get everything together, because it's amazing. Let's say that so much. I mean it was probably the most monumental thing to day for me. I mean I worked on a lot of huge things, but that that was something that was near and did smart because I met her so organically and we just hit it off and her day was just really about me. Just everything made sense about her wedding. It was in Virginia, their hometown, like she just really wanted to feel comfortable, she wants to feel confident and she wanted to like herself. So I really just like all those things. I really like trying to figure out who she was and really get to know her own that level, and it just it made sense. I mean she's just, like you said, in natural beauty. So it was it was quite easy to just come up with the idea of it is being very effortless in the serial. She didn't want it to feel too force, she didn't want it to be like anything, too far off of what she normally looked like. And it worked well. It worked well. No, it works amazingly well, you know. And the thing is, you know, they always say you don't want certain looks to wear you, and I think that her hair, her make up, you know, her dress, everything or dresses, because she had to write. Yeah, definitely, yeah, look changed in the middle. It was perfect. Yeah, it's like everything works together, nothing was competing against each other and she did still look...

...like herself, but it was a nice little elevated version for a little the day. So I love I love getting the inside scoop. Yeah, we're still very close friends. That I mean like she is like a close girlfriend. Now she's amazing. Oh Hey, Virginia, hey girl, I love it. And so we have to continue down this Rolodex from Serena Williams to Danny Lee to even Marcel to Tiana Taylor. I mean you are doing all the it girls. I mean, I want to say it's I guess it's a part of me, but I just feel like I'm literally just leaning into my faith and the people who are attracted to me and we're meant to work together. It just happens. It just happened. I also have an amazing, amazing agent and mentor who, like, have really helped gut me through this entire process because, by people don't know, I kind of stepped into this free lance world about a year ago. Wow, it's quite new to me, but behind the scenes I've been assisting for about almost close to four years. I assisted BURNA friend flop or about for burning hey vernon. So I mean, you know, having people like him supporting me in my my agent, Yang from the visionary. They're amazing because they've just helped really, you know, set that subjectory bill help you build meaningful relationships and keep that momentum going with each of the people that I work with, just so that I'm always producing great work and keeping my client topic, because that's obviously what it's about them in the day. Well, you have given some very valuable nuggets to any stylists or people are just aspiring in whatever industry that they're in, about the importance of really training and assisting. I started as an intern. I actually have a background in public relations and started as an intern before I started my agency. This is, you know, pre the cut life and just, you know, knowing about paying your dues and building quality relationships...

...with people and absolutely, you know, always working in that way, because people may see the glory of a year of just being Poppington, but then they don't necessarily know the story behind the work that you put in before you even got to this place and you're just getting started really. I mean, let's talk about that. So only twenty five, which still blows my mind because I'm like, I mean, you look young, but then I still was kind of blown away just hearing twenty five could because of the amount of work that you're doing, and I feel that every time I see something that you post on the grand I'm like, okay, Mr Fabulous, lets people know. It's so crazy because I feel like I've all the the product that kind of come my way. You know, I set myself up to be prepared for anything, but I don't really I don't really expect for anything to ever happen. It just is just honestly coming my way and I'm just I'm taking it, taking charge of it and going my beast every time I get an opportunity. I love that. So, while you're doing your best when you are working with the client, like you said, your freelance, what are some of like the go to items in your kid that you just can't live without no matter what you're doing? Okay, so I love, Love, love texture sprays like they're one of my favorite things. He's, especially when I'm like working with set or working in film and photography. Sometimes the kind of control like sign or like create texture and paciness without way down the hair. I'll use a lot of tech of spray. So I love like orth a dry texture. I Love Kevin Murphy Bedroom here, which is like a wax here texture, like I like to really play with mixing media until like, if I'm, you know, playing with ferms, I like to know how to bring them back with a dry texture spray. So I'm that type of hair that. So I'm not afraid of product and I've realized that...

...you're also not afraid of actual hair because you style actual hair. And there is a difference because you know, no shade, but there is, let's talk let's talk about it. that no shade, but there's a lot of hiding underneath the wigs and this, and I get it, you know, when you want to change your look, especially for celebrities there in that environment where you're changing your look constantly, I think that it still makes everyday women miss real hair and the fact that you can wear your own hair and still be fly, which I think is what attracts a lot of women to the cut life, because they are seeing styles and saying, Oh, so I don't have to be bound to my we'ves, like I can wear as a choice, I can wear it to, you know, switch my look up, but I'm not bound to it. And I noticed that with the clients that you work with. I mean recently, let's clap it up for this cover of exit magazine with Tiana sailer in this pixie hello. They know, I got my entire life when I saw the inspiration for this. To on my I need to be on this, like I love the women are stripped and raw and we get to see like their too beauty. And I'm also I love a good wig moment. I love a good unit. I do a lot of you know extensions and wigs and you know, but it's a place in time for everything and I feel if you have it like, let's try our best to like, you know, expose that in the best light and you know, so the public that fee like, you know, these people in put the public. I think it's important to sometimes really and I'm just not have any extensions in the hair at all and just really just flex and show that it's okay to like, not be taking so far out of the norm you don't even look like yourself anymore. Right. Yeah, I know this is so very true and I love playing around with, you know, different cuts, color. I've done sewn in Bob's when I was just screaming for length and didn't want to wait for my hair to grow, and so I get it, but you know, I am it's just for freshing...

...to see that, you know, you work with girls with real hair as well as the extensions. And so, speaking of all of the girls that you work with, and I mean the list just runs on, I only named a few names, but are there any particular people that you have your eye on that you're like, Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on them? That's what the hard question to because I feel like so many styles are so protective over their clients. Well, let's just pretend that they don't have stylist and they're just out there in the wind waiting for Corey Moreno to come with them. WHO WOULD THOSE PEOPLE BE? So like one person that I'm like super obset with Esthetically, and this for my generational you know, selfishness. I would love to work with says. I think that seems like yeah, so fearless, and I just think that she will let me like really, like I would really be able to show my skill set, because I have a lot of knowledge and a lot of different areas of here. But she was so, so so case. My work in a different way that I think will be awesome from really fresh and youthful and interesting and she's not afraid to kind of push the boundaries on with like appropriate so I would love to work with people someone likes it. She's amazing. She's very open, amazing fun. You can tell that she will go there. I think one time I saw on her instagram that she had this long lime green, yeah, that hair on her face with this skin tone. I was like, I would look like a freaking lizard that's about to die on the side of the room, but she pulled it off. It was so cute exactly. So I would love to like this kind of like explore odds, the types of options with someone like that. I mean she's amazing and for someone who speaks volume and our generation, I just I just love her. I think I'm a perfect choice. I love awesome right. Yes, definitely, I mean, and she just goes there with her hair anyway. So I feel that she would give you a lot of creative license to just do your thing exactly. Just seems like that type. So we're hoping, says...

...that that you're that type of girls. Yeah, hopefully, hopefullice. This is listening to this is easy, hits you up. Oh, yes, we're going to tag her, will tag her on the clip so that it can get out there. We're like, looks, is a like this. Let's get this marriage together. Yes, get it together. I love her. So, besides, you know this loves that you work with, and of course you worked with Vernion, friends, Wadi, amazing Vernion, even the friends, while who are some of the hair style is that inspire you? I'm good question. Of course. I will have to start by this digging a little deeper into my relationship with burning. I mean burning as a artist. I just love his message because he is changing the mindset and perception on what beauty is and re educating everyone around and you know, US as society, on what it needs to have text your hair, what it needs to have afro hair, and just changing that dialect in that conversation. So I'm like stuck with what he's doing, the direction he's going, and I'm just proud to be associated with him in general. Yeah, everything he does with La Pizza is just beyond it's art. Is Really Artwork. It's not even hairstyling anymore. Yeah, I mean because the conversations that needs to be had on a regular basis. Is, you know, just creating more visual evidence and some type of blueprint so that, you know, our next generation can like know that, oh, I have edgy options or I have sexy options and I don't have to press my hair out or I don't have to find a texture of extension that doesn't match. Like it's he's showing that, you know, texted hair has so much variety and I just love to see that. I love to see that. Yeah, he makes you have hair envy because when I see all kinds of like you know, I'm like, Verna, know where he finds this stuff. I'm like, do you have barbed wire twisted in her button, like what is happening right now? And it makes me so jealous because I'm like, Oh, I want a little bit of hair so I can get one of these looks, because they're so am crazy. HMM. I mean, he's definitely the one when it comes...

...to making a moment, creating a look, so he's definitely one of my favorites. I'm another one of my favorites. I'm he's awesome artist that have known for a long time. A name is Kimball Dorsey. Yes, work is recently with Solange on her new project and I just love his perspective, perspective, because it is elevates the imagery for women of color and it just really shows that that elevated looks esthetic that I'm just like obsessed with, and he just does it in a refine way. He's so low key and just serves an impactful image at every every moment, every time he touched something is just impactful. That is love the way that he carries himself as an artist. He's awesome. And your love for Lux definitely shows in your content, because even on your instagram page it reads to me like a fashion magazine almost because, yeah, like you're giving people insight into the work that you're doing. But I can tell that you're very selective of what you post on your page and it's very clean and then even when you mix it up with the picture of yourself in there, it's like, oh no, he's going to be styled down, the lighting is going to be amazing, it's going to be a look and I love that you're very thoughtful with the content that you share. Thank you so much. I mean it's it's been a labor of love. I'm like I'm nurturing this social media. I mean because I come from a salon esthetic, from being behind the chair, so even the whole time I have sister. I mean I'm from, you know, working at say twelve to third ten clients today and, you know, servicing my people that I've been having relationships with since I started my career. So, you know, nursing social media in a different way to kind of like seduce and, you know, look great for the Internet. It's such a completely different mindset. But I appreciate, sure, your commentarial problem and how was that transition for you from being in the salon environment to being freelancing on the road, because people don't understand that when you're a part of the Glam squad for these celebrities, like you're on tour just like they're going to, or you're going through all of the things that they're going through. And do you have...

...clients, former clients, that hate you right now because they can't keep in touch on you? The most heartbreaking thing. I mean, like I said, I started tell young, so I client that date back to probably when I was early double dode. It's like ten eleven like I have had. I've been doing my mom to stopped thirteen. So my mom alone is like devastated that I'm not home to like do her hair on the basis. So it's a struggle in the transition has been really, really hard. But I will say me assisting was the best thing that could have done because it gave me that the entry point of, you know, getting a pace of the world, learning the things that I needed to learn. You know, this is simple as taking care of my body and making sure I'm my wellbeing is okay, because we think are running like that man on those planes and being around all those different types of people, it just can dream you. So I mean I'm grateful that I had somebody like vernons. It's I mean he literally showed me the ropes play by play. This is exactly how it's done, you know, and it's set the tone for me to have a great transition, a great career within freelancing. So it wasn't that hard. But I don't I think a lot of new age people are not really taking that time to like, like I said, assist or, you know, put in that dude. They want to be the boss now and then when work. No, it takes time and you almost have to go through those assisting experience and moment so you can learn how to receive that. As you know, you being the boss, because it's a whole nother world. You're the person that has to answer to the ridicule from you know, some work that's out where, you know, having to sleep on planes and blesses, it's a lot of work. So it's like, don't end up on the worst hair list. They're not going to look at anybody else. You have to take the good with the bad. Right exactly you get? Do you still get nervous, like right before a client is about to hit a red carpet or do a photo shoot and you haven't seen the final picture yet? Does it did do you get nervous about it, or do you kind of do it and let it go when you're just like okay, it is. I like a little I'm a very structure and strategic type of hair. That's I...

...know there's a lot of whimsical and artistic and I feel like I'm artistic and one's the cool with in my own right, but I feel like I'm so strategic my nerves wear me out when it's like that final moment with them leaving because I'll babysit, my hair stout, and so it's like out the door. But I'm learning to get rid of that control and just to know that you know that they'll serve the look for me and you know it'll be okay, but they're definitely has been times where I've had many panic attacks, but I'm like watching my work on TV and live and I can't do anything about it. It's like if you if you put the bang in the right places and the client is touches their hair and moves that you're like, why are you touching it's why I just feel like the record day. I could imagine, but no, all of your looks are fantastic and I know that you seem to build a rapport with your clients and that's always helpful because when you have that foundation of trust, it makes it more relaxing to work with someone, because there's nothing I've been in environments won't say with you, but you know on set for shoots and stuff and I'm the girl that is long as you know, you know what I need to execute. I can trust you to do your thing, but I've set next to people that give folks hell and it's like they don't understand that that tension makes the situation even worse and it just the outcome is never, never a good one. I mean this. I've learned quickly that. You know, they can a lot of these talents that I work with. They can have pretty much whoever they want, and I like, from every moment they have with me, to be impactful and genuine. And this another I'm there to service them. At the end of the day. I'm there to perform and want to do my job well, and I think that they feel that and they feel that I'm not their friend any other purpose but them, and I think that's why I keep that rapport well, I love it. No, it definitely shows. And so, as you know, you're you said you're into this basically a full year behind you of being freelance and Corey Moreno being the leaves stylists, you know,...

...on the call sheet. So what are some of your future goals that you have in mind as you're tackling the industry and moving your way through? Do you have like certain things in mind that you want to do? Like, I know, look at a Vernon, who has a product line and then you have a Kim Kimball as a flatiron and different thing. You know, everyone kind of gets into different, you know, lanes. Do you have anything in particular that you're I really want to spread myself within film. I'm really like interested in how characters are built and I want my purpose within the industry to speak, to have like a more impactful purpose, and I'm really inspired by the way that text, you hair, is depicted on screen. I'm I haven't really figured out exactly how I'm going to dive and submerge myself into this completely, but I'm working on a couple projects that you getting my feet west and I'm wet with it and I'm exploring film. That's the I'm really inspired by right now, to be twenty five and have access like this. I'm like, I'm excited to kind of build these characters from other worlds than like, you know, what does a person of color look like in a marvel movie? And I've we've seen that depict it heavily with like Black Panther, and I'm just so inspired by that. Like I want to kind of be that scurce of infiration along with you know, when you know directors and writers are building these characters. I wanted to be taking consideration that, like how impactful hair is and the message that hair can actually tell visually. So I'm really excited about stepping into some film work. That's what's next for me and when I'm you know, I see for myself in the future. I think that's smart because there has been even recently, a huge conversation in Hollywood about the lack of capable stylists for black talent, and it's a...

...big thing because these the talent is having to, you know, bring their own wigs or style their own hair, maybe even sometimes do their own makeup, because we have to deal with, you know, lighting on a different skin tones and they don't want to look crazy and it's like, yeah, I might be playing a character, but certain characters look very similar to me in my hair life and I'm still being judged by that. So the fact that you know you want to be a part of that world, I think is very solution oriented, because a lot of people can complain and talk about what is not available, but they don't do anything to change it. So the fact that you will, you are very, you know, thoughtful and consider of what's going on and how you know black people should be portrayed and you really care about that, then you'll be able to help, you know, affect change, because I know folks that they'll drag their whole glam squad to every single film, TV show, whatever they do, because they want to make sure that their own point. I mean even within the fashion room. I mean working in New York and freelancing here, I've done a lot of photo shoes, not done a lot of test shooting, and I've met so many models and some pretty big name models, and there like they met me and it it felt like that was the first time someone actually cared about their hair, and it's shocking to me that, you know, some of these huge budgets and some of these huge productions and there's no one there that knows how to do catch your hair will hair on women of color like they don't really understand it. So I really like to have that purpose and have that momentum behind me, knowing that I have a greater message to tell and you know, I'm really try my best to make sure that the next generation has, you know, those magazine cutouts and those flat those throwbacks to look back at to find inspirations. That is a quality, you know what I mean. I love that you talk about the next generation, you know, throughout this interview and the importance of pulling people up, because without access and...

...information, people don't even know certain jobs exists. Like the first time I ever even knew what a publicist was or did was because I would read vibe magazine and they had a section in the magazine that highlighted different people behind the scenes in the industry, and this is literally my first time ever knowing that you could be an artist manager, that you could be a wardrobe styles, that you could be a publicist, and I was like, Oh word, you don't have to be an actor or director to work in this industry, and that was my first look into it. So someone seeing you and, you know, more access and education, you know, being put out there for people. It makes it possible and that's how it changes, because I'm sure there are a lot of talented, you know people out there that would like to be in the industry and help serve the need that is clearly there, but they just don't even know where to beginting. So yeah, haven't but, like you said, hey, find some good people to assist, be of service and when you're of service, you're able to get yourself in the right circles to then have the opportunity to show what you can do. That's IT and itself right that I mean you literally have to place yourself in and those environments. And I knew, you know, certain people, like one of the clients I work with right now, often, Sinthia Rebo. The first time I met her with me assisting burning three and a half years ago for the macgala, and that was a humbling experience to me. When I woke up on when I'm like wow, like I've been looked all week with Cynthia like that's crazy and just about, you know, having good people that support you, having good people that trust you around, and it just really it takes it to another level when you're building those types of relationships with other other people within the industry. You know what I mean. So, you know, removing yourself and humbling yourself sometimes the best way to go to kind of enter in the somebody. People always act like, how did you get into the enstry? I had to get into, you know, working...

...with celebrites and doing editor I'm like, I first have to strip myself of anything I thought on me and humble myself and realize that there's so much more for me to learn. Like that was first, and then I you know, it may burning himself more comfortable with letting me around on that he can help mode in shape and introduce me into this world without ego, right. You know, it starts with yourself first. If you really want to be a part of this world, because it's not a world from me for everybody, you have to be equipmentally. Absolutely well, Corey, Moreno, let me tell you something. You are one of my favorite millennials to talk to, because a lot of them are necklads. I'm considered a millennial too, but I'm on the older side of the millennials and I'm like lower hair. Mercy, these kids don't know nothing about in turning assistance, building a foundation and they just want to be a boss now because they think everyone's boss on ig so I am so glad, I'm so excited that you just have you know, I just see my song of myself and you just the my God, happy to email the cut. Life really like it has happened. Over four years ago, I used to much. You guys have put me so much for I had no following. I was like random guy in DC. I mean I already knew that I probably wasn't you on a level, but it's pretty epic for me to even be considered to, you know, be on a phone with you. I'm this is awesome, such a full circle moment. I love this circle, Girl. It's a full well, this is awesome and I'm excited to continue stalking your whole career and we have to let everyone know that's listening to follow you at Corey. That cor to ease and our ENO, and you'll see it when we post on the cut life because we're definitely going to post this clip, a clip so that you guys can follow Corey and keep up with everything that he is doing. And I just can't imagine, like within the next five years, how much more major...

...you're going to be. I'm just like, listen, legendary things are coming for you and you're already showing improving. So thank you for being on the cut life podcast. Thank you so much. Love. It was awesome. No, absolutely, this is amazing. Okay, stunners. So that was an amazing interview with celebrity hair stylist Cory Moreno, only twenty five years old out here killing the game and and it makes me so excited to see this new generation stepping up and really showing and proving out here. We have some cool things coming up with the cut life. My DMS have honestly been blowing up, I would say, for the last couple of months. People asking me about our hair missed and we are bringing it back, so stay tuned for that. We are bringing the hair miss back. You guys have been demanding it and you know we sometimes you got to get new manufacturers and go through some new business deals, but we are going to bring that product to market. I'm very excited about it, so definitely stay tuned for that. I actually just did my first national TV appearance on the CW for a show called the look all stars. It's a makeover show and I came on as the brand ambassador for originals by Africa's best and it was an amazing experience. A definitely a long day of shooting, but I was originally supposed to do one segment and they shot three. So hopefully the edit came out really well and you guys will see that this summer, but you know, look out for its season two of the look on CW and Hulu, and we know we have some more things to come. Just look at our website. Live the cut, lifecom. We've got merch on their new content every day. And you know we're just here to serve you, guys short hair realness. Okay, take care,.

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