Do You Have What It Takes to Be NAILS Next Top Nail Artist?
After two exciting years, we’re back to see who has what it takes to become NAILS Next Top Nail Artist. In order to elevate the next generation of nail professionals, we’re looking to identify top up-and-comers to compete in our online competition. The reality show-inspired contest will pit 12 contestants against one another in a battle for the title. Weekly challenges will determine who moves on and who will be packing up their paintbrushes at the end of every week. The challenges will be a mix of video, photos, nail art on tips, and other social media-type entries.
We’re looking for professional nail techs who are inspired, creative, reliable, and up for a challenge. In addition to being artistically inclined, you also must be able to take high-res digital photos and short videos. (Since we’re looking for the NEXT top nail artist, you can’t currently be affiliated with a professional nail manufacturer as an educator. It’s fine if you’ve taken manufacturer-specific classes.) It’s important to remember that we’re not simply looking for the best artist. We’re also looking for highly motivated nail technicians with poise and professionalism who can represent NAILS and inspire future generations of nail artists.
Anywhere in the WORLD. All of your tasks will be uploaded online.
Complete the application with all required elements by April 30, 2015. We will contact semifinalists by May 29. We’ll announce the Top 12 contestants in the September issue. The public contest will take place between September and November 2015. The two finalists will fly to ISSE Long Beach and the winner will be announced at the show in January 2016.
Simply fill out the online application at www.nailsmag.com/ntna2015-signup no later than April 24, 2015. In addition to basic information, you’ll be required to answer several essay questions and upload photos and a short video diary.
The final three will be invited to ISSE Long Beach 2016, for the official crowning of NAILS’ Next Top Nail Artist. (NAILS will pay up to $500 for your airfare and will pay for a two-night stay in Long Beach, Calif.) In addition, you’ll receive FREE admission to both days of the show, a sizable cash prize, enough nail art supplies to keep you creating for some time, the opportunity to work for a major manufacturer, and a spot on the NAILS blogroll for one year.