Let me tell you this: It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.

There will be times when you feel like you’re on top of the world. Then life stops you right in your tracks! It throws you a big punch that knocks you sideways, and possibly out! You’ve hit rock bottom! This is exactly what today’s guest Marcus King experienced, and all within a two year period of the recent COVID pandemic.

Salon owner of the ‘King and I Norton’ in the North East of England and many industry awards to his name including British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year and North-Eastern Hairdresser of the Year, Marcus King looked to have it all. Then in 2020 the COVID pandemic arrives. Salons around the world go into lockdown. With the anxiety of salon closure, the furlough of staff, a compromising business partnership, short of money, the break up of his relationship, the tragic loss of his very close sister and illness, Marcus’s world was literally turned upside down in a very short space of time.

Today I want to get Marcus’s story that led him to such dark and difficult times. But before we get to this part of the story, I want to go right back. Right back to when Marcus entered into the hair industry as a young 14 year old lad, and how he went on to work on stages around the world with Hooker and Young, before leading us along to why winning at the British Hairdressing Awards meant so much to him. Then we learn about the exiting times of opening his salon business just before the pandemic, and then… Battling the very dark days of lockdown and how it all led Marcus to mental health illness, that culminated in a stroke. Then like all big blockbusters, we get the comeback story!

This is a hard-hitting episode that is going to help inspire and empower you to know that however difficult things get, you can comeback event stronger. Marcus is full proof of this. He’s discovered resiliance and determination to adapt in the face of adversity, trauma, ill health and loss. By turning to well-being and choosing a healthier lifestyle, Marcus is once again transforming pain into possibility. You’ll get so much from this monmuental episode.




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Today’s Guest

Marcus is the owner of The King and I Norton in the North East of England. Hairdressing for over 30 years. He has won many awards including British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing awards.

Performing in shows all around the world and regularly has his work featured in magazines, including many front covers. Furthermore, Marcus is currently an Artistic Team member for Revlon, having worked on different artistic teams over the years. Committed and passionate about teaching hairdressing, Marcus is just a passionate about hairdressing now as he was as that 14 lad that entered in the hairdressing industry.

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in todays podcast with Marcus King

  • 06 min 24 sec: The King and I Norton salon business.
  • 11 min 09 sec: The journey to an award winning salon.
  • 20 min 37 sec: Wanting industry acceptance.
  • 22 min 30 sec; A growing relationship with Hooker and Young.
  • 26 min 01 sec: Obsession to wanting to winning a British Hairdressing Award.
  • 31 min 45 sec: The experience of winning a BHA.
  • 33 min 45 sec: Marcus going his own way.
  • 39 min 30 sec: Know your business.
  • 42 min 56 sec; The start of business difficulties.
  • 45 min 27 sec: A catastrophic time for the salon business.
  • 48 min 45 sec: Mentally breaking down and turning to alcohol.
  • 53 min 40 sec: Feeling anger and frustration through the effects of lockdown.
  • 55 min 58 sec: Relationship breakdown.
  • 56 min 59 sec: Dealing with the tragic loss of Marcus’s sister.
  • 59 min 56 sec: The opening and closing of the business during the pandemic.
  • 01 hr 04 min 45 sec: Marcus’s stroke and the moment leading up and after.
  • 01 hr 18 min 30 sec: Look after your well-being.
  • 01 hr 22 min 33 sec: Marcus’s recovery in health, life and business right now.
  • 01 hr 33 min 10 sec: Back entering industry awards.
  • 01 hr 35 min 40 sec: Marcus’s one more thing we need to take away from todays podcast.


Find The King and I Norton salon online HERE

FIND Marcus King ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE @marcusking_hair

FIND The King and I ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE @thekingandinorton



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