Whomever thought that being a nail tech was easy was sadly mistaken….and I am not even referring to the life we live at the salon, that is another topic to be covered in different blog post. I am referring to working with other nail techs. I apologize in advance if this blog post becomes more of a rant but someone just needs to fucking say it! Those of you who know me, appreciate my brutal honesty.
Recently, I have had a number of conversations with nail tech friends who have had pictures used by other nail techs claiming they did the work. Personally, I have had someone plagiarize my words, not once, but twice (and I know you are reading this) and it leaves one feeling angry and violated. Who the hell do you seriously think you are?!?! Why do this? Why can’t you simply ask if you can use our work? Do you not understand that by doing this it screams that you have a lack of character, integrity and work ethic. And, when we confront you, own it! We will have more respect if you re-create those same set of nails, and post them on facebook saying “Inspired by _______.” This industry really isn’t soooo big, we network. Truth is, most of us know each other, which doesn’t help your cause. I have been at trade shows, classes and online and always praise another artist’s work, I do it because I appreciate their art, effort, talent and creativity. This industry needs more leadership, and less ego, and damn it, its more important to build each other up.
Speaking of “owning it” many of us have worked our asses off in this industry and we create great nails, provide awesome customer service and have earned our place at the nail table. We didn’t buy 90k Instagram likes to build an audience of groupies. Some of the best nail techs I know, have mad respect of the industry and less than 1000 fans online. Being a great artist to me, means your books are sufficiently full and you are well respected by your peers. I see way to many egos floating around social media, but it makes me question if their character is as pretty as the work they produce.
So here is my advice, for those who are desperate to be a somebody in this industry…earn it! Be yourself, network with those who inspire you, focus on producing great work and set goals of where you want to be in this industry. You will have pride in your work ethic and the respect you are looking for in the industry. In ending this post, I leave you with this great quote, I believe Mae West said it best… “I didn’t say it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.”