1. What has been your proudest career moment?
Do I just have to pick one??! OK, I have two……
- Being chosen as a finalist for natural nail specialist at the Scratch Star Awards this year (we find out the winner on the 23rd July!!)
- Becoming an Ambassador for CND. Having used the products since 2015 it’s been a huge career moment.
2. Who has been/is your biggest mentor?
Such a difficult question because I don’t just have one, I take support from so many knowledgeable techs in the business who help me, support me and encourage me every day to be the best tech I can be.
3. What’s the most valuable piece of advice you have ever received?
My Dad used to say, if there’s something in life that you can’t control, move with it , accept it and all will be ok in the end.
4. Which training body would you recommend for someone wanting to enter your area of the industry?
For my initial training many years ago I went with Creative Academy in Manchester who taught me the best from the beginning. There are so many training providers that you can choose but ultimately the decision has to come from you and how you want your business to work. Brand ethos, product ingredients, customer support, how they support the environment and also, whether they suit your budget. Do your research but don’t be lead by anyone else. My advice would be to write a list of what you want from your business, what brand you’d like to use then find the accredited training that is matched with your requirements.
For education training bodies, I went with the Big teacher for my level 3 AET. Again, I researched and liked the way they communicated with me and once I began I was allocated my own tutor who supported me all the way from beginning to end - I passed!!
5. How do you make sure you stand out from the crowd e.g. up-skilling, research, social media?
Research is done daily via social media and connections with those that connect with me every day. So much love and inspiration comes from techs on social media and I’m always so grateful to them for reaching out and supporting me, there’s no better feeling than being supportive to others and getting the same support back i feel i’m in such a fantastic community. Grateful for each and every tech that brings love and support to the table.
I show up every day via socials and plan content in advance so even if I’m not live, I’m present.
I always make sure I’m up to date with the products I use and also any new products that are released I always fully research before using. I don’t use any product on clients until i’ve used it and like it myself. Any extra training that is released, always make sure you sign up!
6. If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting their own business, what would it be?
YOU DO YOU! Don’t worry about likes, followers and what everyone else is doing. Be your lovely self, find your niche and your people will find you. Simple!
7. What’s the best and hardest thing about your job?
Best = Self employed life and being your own boss! We have the ability to design the life we dream of.
Worst = The future is in your hands which is a pretty scary thought! Don’t be taken for a fool and find your voice - SAY NO!!
8. How do you switch off after a difficult day?
I don’t just switch off after work, I do things before work too so i get ready to start the day, the best way!
I run, I do gym workouts, Pilates, spend time with family & friends and try my best to find a good work/life balance - it’s hard!!
9. Desert island 3 course meal?
I’d miss the starter, I’d have steak, a big fresh salad and new potatoes (with butter of course!) for main, apple crumble and custard for pudding and swap the starter for a glass of fizz!
10. Which 5 people (dead or alive) would you have at your dinner party?
Ok, number one would be my Dad, he passed away in 2018 and was always a good laugh round the dinner table, would love to have the evening with him again!
I’d bring Neil (my husband) as we always have fun together!
I’d bring Paul Simon for the music
Mum couldn’t miss out on the fizz so she would have to come and then if Mum comes, my Aunties Steph would have to join in as she would get jealous!
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