40 Jonathan Antin Quotes On Loving What You Do

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Jonathan Antin is an American businessman and TV personality. He is most famously recognized for his former business ventures in Los Angeles, the salons ‘Jonathan Salon West Hollywood’ and ‘Jonathan Salon Beverly Hills’ which had welcomed high-profile celebrities.

Antin’s many experiences as an entrepreneur and a celebrity hairstylist successfully became his basis for his venture into some of the very popular reality TV shows, such as ‘Blow Out’ and ‘Shear Genius’. Moreover, he is also well-known for his self-developed hair care product line which broke the record for being the top haircare launch during the year 2005 as deemed by the popular shopping channel ‘QRC’.

Here’s a collection of the greatest Jonathan Antin quotes:


40 Jonathan Antin Quotes On Loving What You Do

1. “We wanted to make this as realistic as possible. We didn’t want people picking up garbage off the street and creating hair accessories — or making hair out of garbage. That never happens.” – Jonathan Antin

2. “So, I mentioned it to my sister Robin — this is my sister who owns the Pussycat Dolls — and she said, ‘First of all, if you became a hairstylist, I’ll have every girl in LA coming to you, and second of all, you gotta see the movie “Shampoo” because it’ll make you want to be a hairstylist.’ So I saw the movie, and I was sold.” – Jonathan Antin

3. “I was booked solid a month in advance before the age of 20. I was on such a fast-track.” – Jonathan Antin

4. “I was 16 years old, and I had just gotten my first car … and as a good grandson I went to go pick up my grandmother at a beauty school where she was having her hair done.” – Jonathan Antin

5. “I did all the shows and all the photoshoots. I was an apprentice, and I was grinding … taking every job I could get.” – Jonathan Antin

6. “I’m a hairstylist. All hairstylists are going to tune into ‘Shear Genius’ at least a couple of times. They’re gonna tune in. It’s about us. I checked it out. I looked at it online, went to the website, and I thought it was cool, but I didn’t really remember any of the storylines. By the way, I never watched one episode of ‘Blow Out.’ I would see bits and pieces at the end of each day, some of the dailies.” – Jonathan Antin

7. “I apprenticed at Fashion Week. Then I left New York and went to Milan, and I did the same thing in Milan for about six months. I went from Milan to Paris to London to Milan to Paris to London. I had a Eurorail pass, and I just kept making circles on the train.” – Jonathan Antin

8. “Jonathan Product, my line of hair care, was booming and exploding worldwide.” – Jonathan Antin

9. “I was in an acting class and was on the ice hockey team. I was like … a dude. I thought I was going to be a movie star one day, but I went home, and I thought about it. There was just something about it. It was just so easy for me to draw this hair, and I knew I could sculpt it with a piece of clay. I was just curious as to whether or not I could cut someone’s hair.” – Jonathan Antin


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10. “I had my son obviously on Blow Out and I had a daughter.” – Jonathan Antin


11. “Well, after ‘Blow Out,’ I needed a break. I had two children. I had one of them on ‘Blow Out,’ a son Asher, and then I had my daughter, Jocie. I needed a break to be a dad and a husband.” – Jonathan Antin

12. “I don’t think there’s anyone better in the world than me. I think there might be someone as good as me but not better and that’s because I do everything perfectly.” – Jonathan Antin

13. “Every week, there’s something going on. I’m getting ready to go on The Today Show. I’ve been on 4 times in the last 6 weeks, which is unheard of. I have the Oscars coming up. I’m doing George Clooney and his girlfriend for that. There’s a lot going on. It’s great.” – Jonathan Antin

14. “I got a lot of experience in styling in Europe, and my cutting and coloring came from LA. So, the combination of the two really gave me a different edge. I ended up becoming the key hairstylist at Milan, Paris, London, and New York Fashion Week … running my own shows because I had this ability to speak to a designer and draw what they were thinking.” – Jonathan Antin

15. “I absolutely am in touch with the stylists. They’re all family. They’re like my kids. I definitely think of the possibility of coming back with it. Obviously, my product line, Jonathan Product, was a huge part of the show.” – Jonathan Antin

16. “Jonathan Product was just blowing up, and I couldn’t do 24 hours a day with a camera in front of me anymore. I was out of town every other week … bringing the family with me … and it was just too much.” – Jonathan Antin

17. “I was doing such huge jobs before I was even great. I was good, but I could cover it up. I could fake it.” – Jonathan Antin

18. “Reveille is like family to me and they are directly responsible for … I was already a big hairstylist, but they helped me launch my product and they brought my name to a whole other medium, and I’ll never forget that. We talked about it. It was good for both sides, and I signed a three-year deal and started shooting.” – Jonathan Antin

19. “I was sitting in the beauty school with her in Hollywood, and the instructor was up at the chalkboard drawing heads of hair and teaching this one type of haircut. At the time, I didn’t know what he was talking about, but it was basically a bob.” – Jonathan Antin


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20. “It’s my job to weed out the bad apples. I don’t think it hurts to hear the harsh truth. I think that’s what the show is about. I’m not so sure it helps someone be better. It really depends on where you’re at and what you take out of it and what you make out.” – Jonathan Antin


21. “I make sure that you’re not leaving until every single hair is where I want it to be. That’s my belief system. That’s it. It starts and stop right there.” – Jonathan Antin

22. “I think that if you watch the show, you’ll share the same feelings with me in that Janine and Jon and Matthew are all really great stylists but what’s happening is that as the season gets deeper into its episodes, some of the people I considered to be the bottom tier are starting to replace those top tier, top-shelf hairstylists.” – Jonathan Antin

23. “When people spoke of me they said, ‘He’s this cool, young dude. He’s a great stylist. He’s a great artist, and he’s straight.’ I remember these are the things people would say.” – Jonathan Antin

24. “I see myself as good a stylist as there is.” – Jonathan Antin

25. “I dropped out of high school and enrolled in beauty school. It was easy. I saw hair in a different way than other people.” – Jonathan Antin

26. “I really didn’t want the kids to be on camera, and I see all those other couples on reality TV who end up getting divorced, so I tried to keep mine off of TV. I was kinda superstitious about that.” – Jonathan Antin

27. “I think it’s a good show. I think it’s an easy show to relate to.” – Jonathan Antin

28. “People like watching shows about beauty and hair because it’s important to us. I think that has a lot to do with why there are so many viewers.” – Jonathan Antin

29. “It’s pretty crazy in the way that things will start to unravel from tonight’s episode on.” – Jonathan Antin


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30. “There’s $100,000 on the line and hundreds of thousands of people that wanted to be on the show.” – Jonathan Antin


31. “Jonathan Product, today, is a different world than it was then. It’s worldwide. I was just in Dubai. I was just in Prague. [I’m on] QVC and [in] Sephora … it’s larger than life.” – Jonathan Antin

32. “I never watched my own show. I don’t like watching myself on TV. It’s kinda weird.” – Jonathan Antin

33. “After my apprenticeship, I left LA and I moved to New York as I was turning 18.” – Jonathan Antin

34. “Being a loudmouthed 16-year-old punk, I said to my grandmother — because I can draw; I can sculpt; I can basically make or draw or paint anything I’m looking at — this guy doesn’t even know how to draw. He was drawing heads of hair that looked like extraterrestrial-shaped heads. Well, he heard me and came over to me and said, ‘Excuse me. I was in the middle of a class, and that was a little rude. Do you think you know how to do better?’ I said, ‘I know I know how to do better,’ and I went up to the chalkboard, and I drew three heads of hair for him. I handed him the chalk, and I said, ‘That’s how you draw a head of hair, dude.’ And on my way out, the principal of the school came over to me and handed me a business card, and asked, ‘You ever thought about being a hairstylist?’ I said, Never. Not in a million years.” – Jonathan Antin

35. “With Blow Out, I had the cameras around me so much, 24/7, and I just got to the point where I had had enough” – Jonathan Antin

36. “Doing a lot of covers and getting my name in magazines. It then translated into doing celebrity [and working with] clothiers who would hire me to do their campaigns.” – Jonathan Antin

37. “I had a serious advantage with this ability because I could show them what I was going to do. I could actually draw camera-ready artwork that looked like it was going to walk down the runway. Real hair … exactly the way they wanted it. And I could make changes right there with a piece of charcoal in my hand.” – Jonathan Antin

38. “The premiere was the highest-rated Shear Genius episode ever.” – Jonathan Antin

39. “I needed some time. I needed a break to hang out with the family and work. I took a break and Bravo came to me and said that we want you to do Shear Genius. I thought, “Yeah, why not? I’ll get back in the ring.” – Jonathan Antin

40. “Well, my training doesn’t solely come from Los Angeles. I did my apprenticeship in LA, in the same salon that I then purchased and owned for 22 years.” – Jonathan Antin



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Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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