Breaking into Entertainment: How to Take the Next Steps in Your Career

How to break into entertainment industry as a nail artist
  • How to break into entertainment industry as a nail artist

    We’ve been fans of Steph Stone for a while, and love her work on editorial pieces and celebrities alike. From simple to elaborate nail art, we feel inspired to step our nail game up! We asked Steph to give us her expert tips on how she made it.  

    “I’ve been doing nails in the editorial/on-set world for nearly 6 years now, and though it wasn’t a breeze to break into, I’ve enjoyed the learning process and all the experiences I’ve been lucky enough to have along the way. This career is so niche - often when someone asks me ‘what I do’ I end up referring them to my Instagram to help me explain! I got my start by assisting and someone investing in me so I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite tips with OPI.”

    1. Nail artists represented by talent agencies

      There are numerous hair, makeup, styling, and manicurist agencies representing top industry talent. Research the agencies that display the level of work you’d like to achieve. Reach out to those agencies saying you’d love to be kept in mind to assist their talent. Assisting is how you are going to become familiar with the on-set lifestyle that’s different from the salon world.

    2. Nail artist break into the entertainment industry

      When I first started working in the nail industry I did multiple nail art looks on my own hand daily. I photographed it as best I could at the time and posted to Instagram consistently. I don’t think social media is a requirement or a platform you should derive your self worth from but it is a great tool to promote your craft! The more people can see what you are capable of the more they will want to book you.

    3. Test shoots beauty industry

      When your career is starting from the ground-up, you will need to test shoot. Testing is shooting with other creatives all for the purpose of creating pictures for your portfolio. The chances of you getting booked on big shoots without evidence of you working on previous sets is slim to none. It’s possible- but just like Instagram- your work is more crave-able if people can see what you’ve done before! Just like any job you need a resume before you get hired.

    4. Becoming a nail artist in the entertainment industry

      You need to be a team player to have longevity in this career. You’re going to be working with a lot of different personalities and being a people person is necessary.

    5. Becoming a nail artist in the entertainment industry

      When working with anyone including high profile clients they want to know they can relax in a safe space. Maintaining a relationship of trust with your clients is one of the most important things you can do.

    6. Steph Stone nail artist

      Manicurist Stephanie Stone is as equally renowned for her flawless artistry and intricate design as she is for her friendly personality. In only a few years, Stephanie has quickly amassed a loyal clientele as well as an impressive social media following, all of whom depend on the creativity and joy she brings to her craft. Nail art is a particular specialty of hers, she is an illustrator with the nail as her canvas.

      Stephanie’s celebrity clients include Miley Cyrus, Paris Jackson, Shay Mitchell and Ruby Rose, to name a few. She has collaborated with celebrated photographers, including David Sims, Emma Summerton and Hedi Slimane, and her fashion editorial clients include international Vogue, Teen Vogue and Elle.

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