With an early interest in hair and fashion, Anthony Passero knew he wanted to be a hairdresser at only six years old. By age 12, he began shaping, cutting, and styling hair, all from watching other stylists and learning on his own. Eventually, Anthony began working at Salon Eskada in St. Catherine’s, Ontario where he was mentored by the salon owner and lead stylist.
Anthony later moved to Toronto to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University. Following graduation, he immediately enrolled in Marvel Beauty Schools where he gained more confidence and knowledge, and developed a love for the Yorkville neighbourhood.
In 2009, Anthony began working with veteran hairstylist Robin Barker. For five years, Anthony was mentored while refining his skills; eventually granted the chance to take over Robin’s empire, he made the most of this opportunity and opened Anthony Passero Salon currently located at 114 Cumberland St. in Yorkville, downtown Toronto.
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am the owner of an upscale salon in Yorkville called Anthony Passero Salon.
What was the inspiration for this career route?
It was from the young age of seven that I got interested in hair, beauty and fashion and fell in love with hairstyling and making people feel and look good.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is being able to make people feel amazing and bring their inner beauty out. It’s the most fulfilling thing in the world! The most challenging is to never have an off day.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself owning at least one other location in the GTA and to be more immersed in doing freelance work.
What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
My major challenge was the fire that had destroyed the salon two months into owning it. I overcame it with passion and a great support team of family, friends and staff to push through and continue forward to rebuild my salon from the ground up.
What does success look like to you?
Success is achieving my personal goals and being proud of myself every step of the way. It is not only through financial achievement, but also with gaining pride through credibility and respect.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
The most memorable milestone in my career so far was the opening of my very own salon in Yorkville.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
You have to be passionate about what you do in your career. Never give up and to keep reaching for your dreams/goals. No matter how hard it is or who tells you it can’t happen, prove the world wrong and strive for what you have been destined to do.
Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
My favourite place to wine/dine in the city would have to be Bar Chef – they are artists! They offer an extremely unique experience.
When you’re not working how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
I love to spend “me” time by either relaxing at home and watching a great movie or working out in the gym.
Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
My favourite place to travel would definitely be New York City because it is continuously adventurous. With the best in art, food and shopping, New York is a place where no matter how many times I go, I can never get enough of what it has to offer. I am always blown away with all it has to offer.
If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
My theme song would be “Vogue.”
If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I wouldn’t ever be doing anything else. I couldn’t even see myself doing anything else!
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support Parkinson’s Disease initiatives through a Cut-A-Thon in which my time is donated towards giving a great new haircut and the proceeds go to research/support. It is important to me because it is my way of giving back to give support to a difficult neurodegenerative disorder affecting some of my clients and friends.
What to you is notable?
Positivity, passion, love and confidence are notable to me. Life should be lived to the fullest.
Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
iPhone all the way!