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 a manufacturer’s educator, I also give her free products at the show. Her reward after the competition? A great new set of nails!
The Look (Bakersfield, Calif.)
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.
Bren’s Nails (Conroe, Texas)
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 (Tehachapi, Calif.)
I give my models a nice Christmas gift such as a designer perfume gift pack or a piece of crystal.
Classic Images (Overland Park, Kan.)
Beforehand, she’ll get free nails because of all the practicing I do. After the competition, I’ll give her several 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 (Bakersfield, Calif.)