#016 – Tony Caldwell: On Hair Dressing, Entrepreneurship, and the Ability To Choose

My guest today is Tony Caldwell. Tony is a renowned hair dresser, entrepreneur, and fantastic conversationalist, as one would expect to experience when sitting in his salon chair.

We talk about his first-hand experience behind the scenes at many New York Fashion Weeks, his path to owning his own salon, how he approaches each individual client who comes to him to look their best, plus the fragility of the human body, the #MeToo movement, and several other unexpected twists.

“You just have to get personal with people, and you have to tell them the truth.”

~Tony Caldwell

And as always, we feature a Non-Profit Spotlight selected by our guest. Kick back and eavesdrop on this conversation as if you were sitting in a salon chair. Just like his work, this one is a unique one.

And finally, in every conversation we have, I encourage my guests to be real and raw if they so choose. Authenticity is essential. Sometimes that includes certain words or expressions that may not be suitable for young or sensitive ears. This is one of those episodes.



  • 0:01:56 What Fashion Weeks are like
  • 0:10:30 How Tony entered hair dressing career
  • 0:12:00 Depression ended football career
  • 0:14:31 The Viking gene
  • 0:16:23 Fashion Week’s creative inspiration
  • 0:21:29 How a hair dresser determines hair style direction
  • 0:23:54 The client challenge
  • 0:30:11 Tony‘s worst client
  • 0:31:58 Non-Profit Spotlight: Circle Recovery Meditation Group
  • 0:33:48 Martial arts & self-defense
  • 0:41:48 Knowing when NOT to do something
  • 0:43:01 Fragility of the human body
  • 0:43:33 Controlling adrenaline
  • 0:46:29 OSHO Collective & entrepreneurship
  • 0:55:25 Teaching and sharing knowledge
  • 0:59:16 Twisting a good thing
  • 1:03:12 #MeToo Movement by generation
  • 1:10:50 The Science of Getting Rich
  • 1:11:55 Getting info from the source
  • 1:18:27 Power to the people
  • 1:20:40 Closing remarks


Learn more about Tony Caldwell at these links and savor the decadent deliciousness
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Photo of Osho Collective Salon

Interior of Osho Collective, Tony Caldwell’s salon in Nashville, TN

Here’s a collection of Tony Caldwell hair styles from shoots we’ve worked on together. Make-up by Katrina Brooks. Wardrobe by Makahla Ross. Photos by your host Gregory Byerline.



This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight supports Tammy Roth, a traditionally trained psychotherapist specializing in a feminine model of recovery for women alcoholics who has spent 20 years finding many alternative methods to clear the energy, the subconscious, cellular memory and ancestral trauma that goes along with addiction.

The Her Circle Recovery™ model walks women through how they came into the world with a heightened sensitivity and explains the development of a dysregulated nervous system.  The sensitive person then absorbs environmental factors such as a dysfunctional family, disrupted attachment with the primary caregiver, generational trauma, etc. and ultimately becomes even more sensitive.

Tony also mentioned his support for Thistle Farms, offering women hope and healing through a holistic residential program, employment with one of our social enterprises, and a growing national and global network dedicated to changing a culture that allows human beings to be bought and sold.


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#004 – Bethany Torino: Chocolatier, Entrepreneur, Risk Taker

Bethany is not in Kansas anymore, and she makes decadent chocolates that’ll stir your taste buds and soul like a tornado. In this conversation, we talk about growing in Dorothy’s hometown, how we were in the same building at the same time 25+ years ago without even knowing it, songwriting in Nashville, what grace is, the ups and downs of entreprenuership, and…chocolate!

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Learn more about The Cocoa Tree at these links and savor the decadent deliciousness
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Artisan truffles from The Cocoa Tree in Franklin, TN


Scene from Chocolat movie from Miramax Pictures where Alfred Molina’s character experiences a massive epiphany from a small splattering of decadent chocolate. Yep, I get it. And I kinda want to do this when I see a big chocolate display.

Couture dress made with real chocolate she created for the New York City Chocolate Show









Bethany selected Blood:Water as this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

Blood:Water partners with Africa’s hidden heroes to provide technical, financial, and organizational support to strengthen their reach and effectiveness to the communities they serve.

Through various technologies, the three areas of WASH – water, sanitation, and hygiene – work together to strengthen one another and maximize health impact at the community level by developing systems that deliver clean water for drinking, washing, and sanitation to communities without.

Another focus is on comprehensively and holistically support of HIV/AIDS-related needs. The entry point to this type of care takes place at the household or community level.

Blood:Water recognizes that local organizations in Africa are the true drivers of social change. They are the experts laboring to end the impact of the water and HIV/AIDS crises on their communities. However, they are often under-resourced, creating challenges in both organizational and programmatic operations.

This is why they focus efforts on building the capacity of our partners – because, ultimately, the communities need to be strong enough financially, technically, and internally to exist long after their partnership concludes.

Learn more here and get involved where you can use your creativity and passion to take an active role in fundraising, donating, and spreading awareness for Africa.


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Chocolat [Movie]