Local barber Steve Vilot Jr. has gotten to know the rock star Pink so well that she's willing to wear an official shirt from his business, Sims Barber Shop.
Vilot met the musician/actress, whose real name is Alecia Moore, when he trained her for a part in the movie, "Thanks for Sharing," released this past month.
In her acting debut, the 34-year-old Pink plays Dede, a tatooed hairdresser "whose confessional monologue at a sex addicts' 12-step group leads to an important relationship with one of its members," according to The Associated Press.
In one scene, Pink does a straight razor shave on actor Josh Gad. To make sure the scene was authentic, Vilot was brought in to show Pink the technique. He spent some five weeks last year working with Pink in New York City.
So how does a local barber end up on a movie set?
Vilot, 46, is a member of the Committee of Massachusetts Barbers, which is part of the state Board of Barbers. Through the board, a profile of both him and Sims Barber Shop was included in an international barber's guide.
Two years ago, that profile caught the attention of the assistant director of "Thanks for Sharing," who then contacted Vilot.
That profile has continued to pay big dividends for Vilot. Through Pink, he met her husband, retired motocross racer Carey Hart, who has a friend living in northwestern Connecticut serving as the director of content and sponsor development for ESPN's Global X Events. That connection led to Vilot being hired to cut competitors' hair at the Winter X Games in Colorado last January.
Halloween first: Before we get to Christmas, there's still Halloween to attend to. And there is still a chance to participate in Pittsfield's Halloween parade.
The deadline to enter the parade has been extended to Friday, Oct. 11. The parade steps off on Tyler Street at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Prizes are awarded to the top three Halloween-themed floats.
To enter, contact Rebecca Tefft, Pittsfield's recreation activities coordinator, at (413) 499-9370 or rtefft@ pittsfieldch.com.
And now on to Christmas: The search is on for the yuletide tree for Park Square.
Anyone who's willing to donate an evergreen tree should alert Pittsfield's recreation activities coordinator, Rebecca Tefft, no later than Nov. 1.
Your tree will need to meet a specific set of criteria. For example, the city's official holiday tree has to be at least 30 feet tall and have a superior shape. It also must be accessible to cut with plenty of room for it to fall, and it must be easy to transport it away.
Screening and selection will take place the week of Nov. 4.
Tefft can be reached at (413) 499-9370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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