We had the good fortune of connecting with Giancarlo Fradella and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Giancarlo, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
The Alchemist- by Paulo coelho The story of a boy on a quest to find his purpose to find his “treasure” while creating his own “personal legend” along the way. It takes him years to get to his destination all the while every step of the way was an important person and a equally important lesson, on love on life on perseverance on friendship and fear And how important our journeys are, and then when we get to the destination, we learn that our treasure was under our nose the whole time. Every thing we learned in our journey, understanding human interaction and the ways of the world and of nature, and ultimately experiencing love. That’s the treasures of life. I have traveled the world .I have searched for love, I have chased the almighty dollar, I have fallen and been broken into pieces many times, I’ve struggled with addictions and I have met the most amazing humans. From Crip gang members to Irish bankers, from judges and doctors to shamans and spiritual healers, from bar owners in Laos to barbers in the Netherlands, from mafia leaders to politicians and police officers, all these different humans have had a beneficial influence on who I am today. Every person I’ve met in my journey was a gift.. Not to mention my fiancé Lupe who I’ve been best friends with for over 17 years and only to realize 2 years ago we were perfect for each other. That’s also a treasure to me that’s been right under my nose all these years. The Alchemist is all of our story, and all of our stories are beautiful.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
one thing I have learned about myself as a Barber is that I am not in this business to get rich. I am a barber when I go home and even on my days off. People ask me what my hobbies are and I say cutting hair. I believe that in order to be a master of your craft you need to be obsessed and passionate about it. I will never stop educating myself and I will never stop thinking about haircuts and different techniques. I think about things I could’ve done differently and recommendations for upcoming appointments, what would look good on who and what looks terrible on who. I now work only 4 days a week. But I am a barber 24/7 365 Days a year.

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.
I would head up to st.helena for some wine tasting and come back down to the city of Napa for dinner at Morimotos. From Morimotos we do a Napa city crawl, and finish the night at Cadet wine bar.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Barber. San Yankee in Napa ca. She encouraged me to go to college. She gave me a job when I graduated. She trained me and guided me. She taught me hard work and customer service. She took me to her home country of Laos twice and showed me her culture and her roots which gave me a better understanding of the living conditions of other humans around the world and why family and hard work are so important. One of the most important things I think she ever did for me was that for 3 years working side by side basically as a student of hers, SHE NEVER TOLD ME GOOD JOB. And the day she did finally it was like for just a moment the earth stood still. It lit a fire inside of me that is the reason I am the barber I am today.

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Image Credits
Photo credits by. Nicholas Murrieta / Lupe Cendejas

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