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Jimmy Morrison - Ballarat Barber #041
Jimmy Morrison - Ballarat Barber #041
Ballarat born and bred, as a young lad Jimmy Morrison could be spotted playing gigs as a guitarist at Karova Lounge or doing dodgy haircuts for his mates in his kitchen at home. After completing high school at Ballarat Christian College, Jimmy began work as a builder and shop fitter, only to change track at the age of 21 and follow his passion to become a barber. After commencing a hairdressing apprenticeship at Federation University in Ballarat, Jimmy was encouraged to transfer to Melbourne where he could focus solely on men’s hair design. He began working as an apprentice at a barber shop in South Yarra and, after 9 months pushing through his apprenticeship, qualified and was soon managing the barbershop. For five years Jimmy commuted to Melbourne working long hours, five days a week to support his growing family. In 2017, needing a change that would allow him to spend more time closer to home, Jimmy finished working in Melbourne and opened his own shop in Ballarat. For three years he worked and grew his business, employing more barbers and apprentices to join him in his shop as their name and popularity grew. In 2020, in the early phase of the COVID pandemic, with uncertainty about work and income as long periods of lockdowns loomed, Jimmy’s mental health took a battering, needing a change he pulled away from the barbershop and began working in construction. After a total hiatus for 6 months Jimmy slowly got back in to barbering and now, whilst working full time in construction, still likes to cut hair for his mates at home, enjoying the social aspects of his craft and the opportunity to be present with his young family.
Frank Triantafyllou #040
Dr Frank Triantafyllou is the owner and chiropractor at Tri Chiropractic in Eastwood St, Bakery Hill. Frank originally grew up with his family on a farm in Woodside, Gippsland. Having completed secondary education at St Patrick’s College in Sale, Frank ventured to Melbourne to undertake a five year Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic) and a masters of Chiropractic degree. Having completed his studies, Frank knew that he did not wish to continue to live in Melbourne and did not want to return to Gippsland, and so a job opportunity in Ballarat provided the perfect route for him. Working initially as one of the three chiropractors at Central Chiropractic in Ballarat, Frank was able to develop his knowledge, skills and Ballarat client base. After 8 years in Ballarat, Frank and his wife were ready for a change, with no clear plan they set off overseas to travel and work, but the emergence of COVID cut short his plans and Frank was forced to take concrete action. Out of the uncertainty of COVID lockdowns, Frank’s own practice, Tri Chiropractic, was born and has continued to thrive since its development. Having worked and studied overseas through both the United States and Europe, as well as having completed a volunteer experience at the Sant Nirankari Mission in India, Frank’s passion and knowledge in chiropractic is extensive, and his passion for his work and his clients is second to none.
Holly New - Studio Canvas #039
Holly New is one half of the family team who created Ballarat’s own Studio Canvas in Harold St, Wendouree. At just 23 years of age Holly has worked extremely hard to pursue her goals of owning and building her own successful business. Having grown up and spent all of her life in Ballarat, Holly, a self-confessed introvert, has had to face some enormous hurdles in her life. Affected by crippling social and separation anxiety Holly spent many of her teenage years relying on her mum to be ever close at hand. Though she loved working with people and enjoyed the opportunity to complete a VCAL program through school as a teacher’s aide, her separation anxiety became so pronounced that Holly was forced to walk away from school at the end of year 11. Having commenced work as soon as she was able as a teenager, Holly quickly sought to find employment and worked for a year as a dental assistant before losing her mum tragically just days after her 18th birthday. What followed was a period of disquiet with Holly floating between jobs and accommodation, whilst searching for her niche. Having spent many years as a child spray tanning with her sister at home, Holly made a chance purchase of a tanning machine and tent and created a fundraiser for Beyond Blue with support from Bondi Sands, working a day job during the week Holly made a name for herself and created her new business “Tans by Holly”, initially raising funds to support Beyond Blue then continuing on in her own business. After a year of solely providing tanning services, Holly expanded her business to include make-up, completing two make-up training courses in Melbourne, and so “Made by Holly” was born. Always looking to expand her business base and break free of the Monday to Friday office job life, Holly completed further training in eyebrow and lash lifts, constantly promoting her work and business through social media, in an effort to promote her brand. In 2020, with Ballarat in the throes of pandemic lockdowns, Holly joined forces with her sister, Maddy, to create the space that is now the home of Studio Canvas. With beauty services heavily restricted during that time, Holly was forced to take a lead role in the design and renovation of the space. Two years in, Maddy and Holly are well known, working both from the shop and remotely to provide hair, beauty and make up services. With drive and determination this young lady is proving that with courage and a willingness to work hard you can achieve anything.
Alex Bryan - Changing His Life #038
Alex Bryan initially grew up in Horsham, Victoria, completing his schooling and early adult years in the country town. Having moved to Ballarat nearly 5 years ago, Alex came to town originally attempting to break free of a destructive cycle that he had found himself in; through hard work and focus Alex has built his successful PT business and made Ballarat his home. Growing up in a generation of instant gratification left Alex lost as a young adult when he found himself in a career that did not hold his interest. Looking for an escape, Alex took to partying and recreational drugs. What followed was a trip of ups and downs, filling his life with lies to be able to continue partying as an escape from his mundane reality. Caught in a world of lies and destruction Alex lost his job and found himself destroying his most important relationships. With a mentality of indestructibility Alex kept forging through, refusing to accept the consequences of his behaviour. Though there was no lightbulb moment that pulled Alex out of this reality, he found himself trapped in the web of his own lies, with dwindling relationships and a trail of destruction in his wake. Needing to break free Alex made a huge decision to move nearly 200km from home to Ballarat to start fresh. Far from the negative influences of home Alex still faced challenges personally and professionally but worked to deal with them in a more realistic approach, setting himself goals and working to make them a reality. With the help of some friends along the way, Alex has been able to build his PT business and continues to grow and develop in his role as a personal trainer and now an NDIS support worker.
John Campbell - Infinite MMA #037
John Campbell is the owner and head trainer of Infinite MMA in Howitt St, Ballarat. With a background in multiple martial arts disciplines, John is a highly skilled and knowledgeable trainer who is well respected by everyone he trains for his ability to instil in his students confidence, respect, courage and purpose. John Campbell originally grew up in South Melbourne with his mum and sister. Forced to live in commission housing he was exposed at a young age to street violence and aggression and, after a frightening encounter at knifepoint at just 8 years of age, John began studying tae kwondo for self defence and peace of mind. John’s talent in tae kwondo was recognised at the age of 15 when he competed against and defeated the 3rd ranked fighter in the world in his class, this lead to a scholarship in tae kwondo for a school in Ballarat and so John’s family moved to Ballarat for a new beginning. John completed school at Ballarat East and Midlands High and, after a chance encounter with Australian Olympic Freestyle Wrestler, Ziggy Kelevitz, began studying wrestling alongside his tae kwondo. In 1997 John was named Ballarat Sportsperson of the year. After finishing school John continued training in martial arts and started working as a telecommunications technician in Ballarat and as a bouncer at 21 Arms. With a long history of martial arts behind him John became well known for his no-nonsense attitude when working on the door, and his reputation lead him to training others in various martial arts in his garage. Fast forward to today, with multiple personal titles under his belt, John has built his successful MMA business, initially training in self defence and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and working up to MMA style fighting. He has created an environment in which people of all skill levels can train to empower them in all aspects of their journey through life.
Travis Price - illustrator #036
The name Travis Price is synonymous with some amazing pieces of artwork that adorn the streets of Ballarat. Now a Ballarat local, Travis originally grew up in Dimboola in regional Victoria. Whilst at school Travis loved drawing and art and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into his working life. After finishing high school he moved to Ballarat to complete a university degree in Graphic Design before moving to Melbourne for work. After finishing uni Travis discovered that finding work in graphic design was not a simple task, despite lots of applications and interviews there was not a lot of steady, consistent work available. Working life became a balance of working to pay the bills but also exploring opportunities that would help to build diversity in his portfolio. The benefit of a varied work history, though not necessarily evident at the time, has proven itself in the long run with a large network and multiple design opportunities that have come about since. After working for nearly 5 years in Melbourne, Travis returned to Ballarat for work and to start a family. Now, with over 20 years experience in the creative industry, Travis has his own business and his work has been featured by some of the most well-known advertising agencies and clothing lines in Australia and Internationally.