The Interview of a “Perfect Barber”

Jacques Doby


Mac Ellison, a role model for many in his community, is nothing short of a busy man. Ellison is a barber, full-time father, a pastor inspired by the works of his father and mother and student. Some people in his shop may call him the perfect cutter because he never received a negative remark about his craft and never uncomfortable with what a client asks but even, he says there is always room for improvement.

His life may sometimes come with plenty of responsibilities and to manage with deadlines he dedicates certain times of his day to certain objectives to complete. He Manages his customers’ appointments with a mobile phone application called “The Cut”. Through it anyone that wants a cut can set appointments, cancel appointments and pay for the service directly through the app and when it comes to promoting his service, he takes advantage of social media to do so, primarily Facebook as the main platform. His favorite type of cut to do is the fade because it is done relatively quickly due to the fact that he only has to shape up the edges compared to other styles of cuts. If appointments are not made through the app it is still possible to receive Ellison service by calling and asking about his availability, but that may not guarantee you a spot as he has other responsibilities to attend to.



Photo of Mac Ellison’s Work

On Sundays, he preaches at his church where his family, friends and many more are in attendance. As a Pastor, he also gives back to his community by hosting food drives offered to whoever may need it and when a problem arises, he keeps his faith in God and keeps his hopes high. 

Doby: Can we get to meet the man behind the cut?

Mac: I am barber, full-time father, a pastor inspired by the works of his father and mother and student. 

Doby: What was the most memorable point at that job

Mac: Some customers in my shop consider me a perfect cutter because I don’t get negative feedback about my cuts and I’m never uncomfortable with what a client asks but there is always room to improve.

Doby: What informed your decision on doing what you’re doing now?

Mac: Cutting hair is just one thing I do. I’m also a pastor. I grew up with a strong christian faith and decided that I needed to pass on my hope and faith to the community.

Doby: What are your plans for the future?

Mac: I will attempt to start a chain of barbershops across Georgia

Doby: What kind of advice would you offer a student, who is undecided on his or her career path? 

Mac: Pick something your comfortable with doing for the rest of your life. Pick a job that also brings you joy.

Doby: How would you describe the state of higher education in America today?

Mac: I don’t believe it is necessary but it is a great opportunity to expand your knowledge.

Doby: Have you ever travelled outside of the United States? Where, and how does life outside compare to that in the US?

Mac: I have travelled to the Bahamas and one thing i can say is the weather is always nice, unlike the US.

Doby: How are you responding to the outbreak of the Convid-19 virus?

Mac: I will only be doing in home cuts to people who aren’t showing any type of cold symptoms.


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2839 East College Ave, Decatur Ga, 30003, unit C

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