Completed kindergarten, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ozone Park, New York 1963.
Enrolled, barely graduating beauty college alongside classmate Whoopi Goldberg.
Grew into my cutting shears, apprenticing year one at Vidal Sassoon. Second year styled Talking Heads, B-52’s, John Cale and the Tubes. Middle of year three shitcanned from VS, “Did not play well with other stylists".
Attained immediate freelance status styling films with actors: Peter Coyote, print alongside Billy Idol and Patrick DeMarchelier in Italian Vogue, styled endless heads backstage for fashion shows. Became bored to tears as a paid gun fluffing Bon Jovi and others at the dawn of MTV.
Established Heat a beauty lounge gallery in 1982.
Talk of the town, consecrated by features in California Living Magazine, with appearances on AM San Francisco.
Propelled by hunger for greed, opening a prodigious gallery space, Schiavo. Drew controversial attention of Frank, Fad and San Francisco Magazine, labeling my pilot gallery salon concept experience the “Spiritual Haircut".
Proving success should come post sobriety, closed Schiavo Salone di Bellezza, after two years on Union Square in San Francisco upon one terrific cocaine habit and the IRS clawing at my back.
Found a perfect underground hideout on the lam through Bill Graham Productions, styling the first Lollapalooza tour, kicked off by Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails and Ice-T.
Conquered my drug and alcohol addiction. An accruing compulsory IRS debt kept me running to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome styling print, fashion shows, with a semi-worldwide private clientele.
Exclusive access through eccentric client producers Hal Wilner, Howard Thompson, styled musicians, actors: Roseanne Barr, Blythe Danner, John Campbell, Danny Gatton, Lou Reed, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols.
Victory is mine, the tedious decade battle for an IRS Offer in Compromise settlement finally over. Allure magazine features my absurd one thousand dollar haircut, touting eminent single name status among luminary hairstylists followed by articles in San Francisco magazine quickly jumping on the bandwagon. My piece de resistance, front page of The New York Times Sunday Style Section Pulse: Los Angeles, Details, NME, Gentry, Divine Caroline, San Francisco Chronicle, Examiner.com, New York Post, 7x7, SF Indie Fashion, ModelinaMichelle, Style Studio SF, Daily Candy, La Roja Peluqueria and ABC 7, Elle.com.
The sculptor’s tools, comb, water, scissor. No gimmicky tricks, a minimalist atelier, artfully shaping Blythe Danner, Lou Reed, your next door neighbors Thursday afternoon psychotherapist, or the elusive startup entrepreneurial mystic. Alphabetically: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, spending the greater part of my career in these cities, haven't currently felt at ease choosing one above another.
A decade ago, married Jeanette, the angel of my heart, always travel alongside LouLou, our ten-year-old modern bedouin schooled daughter, producing an additional significant aspect to unfold, "famiglia di Schiavo" holding court together, an experience our cherished clients find soothing within their sometimes topsy-turvey day.