Although I have worked with various models throughout my career, there is one in particular, Norma Clements, who I use the majority of the time. To show her my appreciation, I give her 50% off on all nail services in the salon. Whenever we attend a competition, I take care of all her expenses such as airfare, hotel, and meals. If I am fortunate enough to win the competition, I’ll compensate her monetarily as well. Norma is always supportive, enthusiastic, patient, loyal, and kind!
The Upper Cut
Washington Township, N.J.
I cover all her travel expenses and match her salary for missed work days. I give her free manicures for about a month before the competition. If she has artificial nails, I take off her nails about two weeks before, then give her free manicures. Since I’m also a manufacturer’s educator, I also give her free products at the show. Her reward after the competition? A great new set of nails!
I have used the same two models for about two years. One is a single mother, so I pay half of her airfare, and pay for the hotel room for both of them. Throughout the year, I give them both free nail services—they’re like my walking billboards.
I usually try to pick models who are nail professionals or students. In return for modeling, I train them to do great salon nails, how to talk to clients, booking techniques, and more. I also pay for their plane tickets, hotel room, and show entry.
Making Waves at Electric Beach
I give my models a nice Christmas gift such as a designer perfume gift pack or a piece of crystal.
Beforehand, she’ll get free nails because of all the practicing I do. After the competition, I’ll give her free nail services, treat her to dinner, and buy her a gift.
The Electric Chair
Las Vegas, Nev.
If the competition is local, I’ll pay her for the day. If it’s out of town, I’ll cover her expenses.
The Nail Resort