After finally parking, she met Terrance at the posh Purple Door Salon in the Edgewood section of Atlanta.
After settling into a comfy chair with her glass of water and pen in hand, she and Terrance had a lovely conversation about all sorts of things on and off the record. Here is what was on the record.
Fashiona: Thanks for having me. So why nails?
Terrance: Every artist has their canvas and mine is nails. I actually started out in make-up but found I was really good at doing nails.
Fashiona:: Where did you receive your training?
Terrance: I went to the International School of Design and Technology in Detroit and Sally Esser School of Beauty in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. More recently, I attended a workshop by Crystal Wright.
Fashiona: So you are from Detroit, what brought you to Atlanta?
Terrance: Atlanta has the distinction of being the "Black Mecca". I knew that if I came here, I could practice my craft and also do some entrepreneurial things. By freelancing rather than exclusively working for a salon, I have much more flexibility to have some broader experiences.
Fashiona: As a freelance style writer, I can fully appreciate the freedom that you referenced. Freelancing is great but very competitive. How do you gain an edge?
Terrance: Although I am currently in Atlanta, I brought my Detroit hustle spirit with me. I am always networking and looking for ways to maximize my nail artistry. For example, I am of the few nail artists that are certified in the Minx Nails technique.
Fashiona: Minx Nails?
Terrance: You have seen them. Rihanna has recently been photographed wearing gold nails. They look like actually paint rather than nail polish.
Fashiona: Yes, I do remember seeing them in the glossies.
Terrance: While there is a lot of skill in applying the color, it is very fast for the client and perfect for the "text message" generation that craves instant gratification.
Fashiona: What celebrities have you worked with and how is working with the stars different from working with us mere mortals?
Terrance: They are human too but still crave their privacy. Discretion is the key. The biggest difference is that I go to them. Recently, I have worked with Fantasia, Keisha Cole and Chilli.
Fashiona: Every successful artist has a motto or something of the like. What is yours?
Terrance: "Your look isn't complete without a manicure." In fact you need a top coat right now.
Fashiona: Tis true!! What is your advice for aspiring nail technicians?
- Go to a reputable beauty school.
- Perfect your craft.
- Aspire to be a nail artist rather a manicurist.
- Create a professional portfolio...emphasis on professional.
- Know your work speaks for itself and good work results in word of mouth marketing
- Finally...invest in ongoing training. There is always something new to learn.
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