Today we’d like to introduce you to Isaac Glam Mykels.
Isaac, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have a degree in dance from Webster University and spent about four years in New York City working with choreographers, photographers, and producing shows. My husband and I moved to Denver a little over five years ago. Over time, I became part of the drag community here, specifically the House of Khrist and Glam Fam. I have helped with choreography, stage management, and performance consultation. I went to Emily Griffith barber school and became a part of the Above Ground team last summer. It’s the perfect place for me provide a service and continue to be a part of the queer community. I’m also a founding member of an educational nonprofit based in Kaua’i called Flow Kakou. We use dance to teach creativity, community, and collaboration.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I think my biggest obstacle has been the expectations attached to my degree. I was so concerned with what a dancer should be, that I wasn’t looking at the skills I had and how I could use them. I’m now trying to be less concerned with fitting into a job title and more focused on what I have to contribute.
Please tell us about the business.
I’m a senior barber and shop manager at Above Ground. We are known for providing services to everyone with respect and inclusivity. Our haircuts are priced by length, not by gender. I love playing with the masculinity and femininity of hair, to help each client express themselves authentically. We have a very eclectic staff and work together to find each client’s best match. Above Ground is also a place to find support, whether it’s a good chat with your barber or stylist, or finding resources within our communities.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I want to continue working in spaces that bring people together! I’d love to be able to further connect the communities and industries I work within, because we are always stronger together.
- Address: Above Ground 2737 Welton St.
- Website: abovegrounddenver.com
- Instagram: @isaacglammykels, @gay.boi.barber and @flowkakou
Brian Degenfelder (photo is watermarked, The Mykels at the DIVA Awards 2019), Jorrin Ishihara (photo in yellow shirt, Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i), All other photos taken by me at Above Ground