You can be that person all you want. But your potential client will have to overcome their personal bias before they can even begin to hear your message. That's not only asking a lot (and believe me, they won't bother), it's putting yourself before your client!
When considering your public image always put your clients first. You are there to solve their problem, not to have them understand your personal lifestyle. Put your personal style aside and learn how to project the image most likely to succeed!
That doesn't mean lie to them or "sell out". It means... stop putting up barriers!
I have a client who is tattooed over most of her body. She was having a difficult time convincing potential clients of her abilities. Now when she goes to a studio to sell her expertise, those tattoos are discrete (as opposed to the focal point), and she embodies a professional, yet creative image. Is she a "sell out"? No Way!! She understands that her personal style had overshadowed her professional abilities and has crafted a public image her clients can relate to. Her public image is still edgy and artistic...but in a way people can relate to...and feel edgy and artistic just by hiring her. Her sales have sky rocketed!
Do this one thing and watch your sales grow!
P.S.After directing that person to our blog... I got a very nice email from her saying she "got it". Glad to help! That's why I write this blog...to help you guys grow your business!