When 16-year-old Cameron Tucker got caught running an underground barber shop in the boys’ room at his Detroit high school, he probably didn’t expect it to be the beginning of a career.
But the teen has since been offered an apprenticeship position with one of the top barbers in his city, according to local outlet Fox 2.
Cameron won’t be allowed to give his classmates haircuts between classes anymore, but with his new contacts in the cosmetology business, he probably won’t have to.
Cameron Tucker Ran Bathroom Barber Shop
The 16-year-old told reporters he started cutting hair over the summer so he could cut his own to save a little money. He said he reached out to his Uncle Tuck, himself a barber, for some pointers.
“His exact words: ‘I’m going to show you one time. I’m not going to show you again,’” the teen told the local outlet. “And I was like, ‘Alright.’”
It wasn’t long, Cameron said, before he began cutting his younger cousin’s hair, and later, his friends’. Finding he had a natural knack for barbering, the teen began posting before and after photos of his clients on social media.
By the time the school year rolled around, Cameron said his football teammates wanted in on the action — so the teen took his clippers to school and began offering cuts in the bathroom at Renaissance High School.
Things were going smoothly until last Thursday, when the teen was servicing a client during study hall and got busted by a faculty member.
“In the middle of doing that, the teacher walked in, stared at us for about 45 seconds, and walked out,” he told reporters. “I want to say it was the wrong time, wrong place.”
On his way to see the principal, the teen said school staff had to admit they were impressed by his entrepreneurship.
“While we were walking to the office and everything, all the administrators were like, ‘I respect the hustle and things like that,'” he told reporters.
Not long after, school administrators called Cameron’s mother Cassandra to let her know that her son had gotten in trouble.
“We need someone to come pick up Cameron,” the faculty reportedly told the boy’s mother. “He’s running a barbershop out of the third-floor bathroom. There’s a line in there, hair all over the floor. He’s got his whole setup in there like on the movie ‘Barbershop.'”
“The counselor couldn’t even hold his composure with explaining it,” Cassandra wrote later that night on Facebook. “I can’t be mad. Definitely respect the hustle, just not during school hours Cam!”
The 16-year-old was suspended from school for one day, and was reportedly back in class by Monday — this time, as a student, and not as a barber.
Detroit’s Top Barber Took Notice
The team at Fox 2 said they put Cameron in touch with Sebastian Jackson, one of Detroit’s most prestigious cosmetologists, whose clients have included ESPN’s Jalen Rose, rapper Big Sean, R&B artist Dwele, and former Lions stars Reggie Bush and Joique Bell.
“You have become so good at your craft in such a short period of time,” the barber told Cameron.
Impressed by the teen’s entrepreneurship, Sebastian told the teen also began cutting hair at age 15, and offered him an apprenticeship at his shop, the Social Club Grooming Company.
“I’ll tell you man, just based on the hustle, if you’re interested in apprenticing with one of our cosmetologists or myself, that’s definitely an opportunity,” he told Cameron.
The veteran barber also reportedly showed the 16-year-old some tips to help better his craftsmanship — advice that the teen eagerly absorbed.
“It was an honor meeting him,” Cameron told Fox 2. “It was definitely a learning experience, learning where he came from, and his way to where he is now.”
But for now, Cameron said he’s hanging up the clippers during school hours. “Lesson learned though,” he said.