November has come to a close, and with that, Movember is (unfortunately) over. Despite the gloom of December, there are beardo events to look forward to while we await the results of Movember 2011′s successes for prostate cancer.
- For those who had a successful Movember season, submit your pictures and videos (or music videos) to the Moscars. Nominations are made and winners are chosen for various categories— and this, in my opinion, is a wonderful way to cap the Moustache season. Below is a video of last year’s first place winners. Submit your videos by 2pm on December 8th, and the winners will be announced on the December 15th. Prizes will be awarded; however, the acclamation associated with winning the Moscars for your beard-related video is invaluable.
- Take advantage of the holiday sales and invest in moustache and bearding merchandise, including Jack Passion’s Facial Hair Handbook. It makes a wonderful Christmas gift to fellow bearders!
And with that, I would like to introduce to another facet of the conversation that I had with Jack Passion this past year on the world of bearding. His thoughts extended far and wide, and he spent some time speaking about the stereotypes in his profession. Rather than getting caught up in the public eye’s vision of the bearding sphere. He posted a video today on his website that sheds light on this point exactly.
As he mentions in the video, Passion hasn’t let his beard define him— and rather, has let it be an object for opportunity. Outside of the bearding world, Passion mentioned hobbies that mirror others—music, swimming and a love for dogs.
As surprising as it is an achievement such as his (his beard was grown on a whim in his college years), Passion’s dedication to his beard is obvious through his work with Beard Team USA, in his handbook and on the screen in IFC’s Whisker Wars. As he mentions in his new short film (above), “a beard is very easy to begin, and difficult to master.”
Rather than filling a mold, Passion has dispelled notions of his connections to the lumberjack, hippie or biker and has become a class of his own.