At this point I decided that I would share some of my hairstyles on Reddit, hoping to inspire those who browse that site. It was the first time I made it to the front page of the site, and the feedback from this was so encouraging!
Then in April, Greg announced a contest for dads that do their daughter's hair. I was excited to share some of the hairstyles we have created, so I entered in the contest. I never expected to win, but with 58% of the votes, I was in 1st place!!! What blew me away, was that the Huffington Post would share this. It was the first time I made national news, and I can remember how proud I was to share this will all of my friends and family. This moment gave me so much confidence as a single father, it was great! I didn't even care that they misspelled my name.
At this point, I began share all of the hairstyles we created. I stopped worrying about people judging me for doing her hair, cause I no longer cared. I was having fun! I was being creative! I was SPENDING TIME WITH MY DAUGHTER!!! I loved it.
We started to become locally known as "the dad who does hair", to the point where local shopping trips always involved people asking Emma "what does your hair look like today?". Emma was always so proud to share our newest hairstyle and I loved how supportive people were for it. There were moments where I was struggling to put food in the fridge and doubting myself as a father, but hearing a compliment from a perfect stranger would turn my day around. It was so refreshing.
The summer of 2015 was upon us. I received a message from Greg, saying that he was invited to the Fablife show with Tyra Banks, but he couldn't make it because of his work schedule so he mentioned us. The producer for this show reached out to me with the offer of being on TV. I'll be honest here, I was more excited at the opportunity to travel with my daughter, which was something I could never afford. I asked Emma if she was cool with it, which was followed by a confident "Yessss" and shortly after we found ourselves with travel arrangements to head to LA!!!
The morning after, I can remember waking up so early. I was still on East Coast time, but this clearly had no effect on Emma, she slept like a baby. While she was snoozing, I was ironing our clothes, shaving and getting ready for time in front of the camera. I snapped this picture which had her sleeping in her princess style bed with the Culver Studios in the background.