So, you might have read my bio by now and been confused by the terminology I use to describe the nature of my work….
The first part is easy enough though right? I’m a fully qualified and insured mobile nail technician. This part of my work is my day-to-day “bread and butter”, visiting the homes of private clients and rendering ALL nail services from a straight up file and polish, to a full set of hard gel/acrylic enhancements with custom nail art, and everything in between.
I don’t do ANY other beauty, just nails, which means I am highly specialised in this field.
The second branch of my work tends to throw some confusion into the mix- session manicurist! Session manicurists work much like session musicians: we operate wherever we are needed! This can incorporate anything from painting models nails at fashion shows to complement a designers’ catwalk collection, doing nails for magazine shoots, advertising campaigns for brands, painting at pop-up nail bars at events and every other circumstance you can possibly think of where hands or feet might be on display. I am freelance, with no agent representing me and usually get offered these jobs through other nail artists, beauty talent agencies or connections in the hair, makeup or styling world and can decide from there whether I would like to take up the offer or not.
The most common misconception is that session work is glamorous due to the nature of the people’s hand that we manicure. Yes, they are usually models, but this job is rarely glamorous! It rarely involves a private jet and luxury island, but is more often than not a case of scrambling around the floor of a multi-storey car park in the dark, with hairdryer wires across your face and a model who doesn’t sit still, trying to paint filthy, sweaty toes!
But this is a job we all do for the love and the thrill. The reality is that you never know where you’re going to end up, you can never fully plan your diary and you never know who you’re going to meet. That alone puts a lot of people off of entering this highly ambiguous area of the industry, but for the nomads like myself, this is the dream: every week is different and it presents an opportunity to travel the world and work with some of the greatest talents in so many fields.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!