Behind the Scenes: Vicki Peters

This self-assertive go-getter is always on the lookout for ways to do her job better, faster, and easier.

<p>Vicki Peters demonstrates a nail technique to students at the London School of Fashion during her recent trip to England.</p>Vicki Peters somehow managed to find time to do nails for this month’s cover. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering that, in addition to her full-time job as NAILS Magazine Shows manager, she’s an educator, a lecturer, and she still has a small clientele.

Peters’ success came quickly. After obtaining her license to do nails in California in 1982, Peters threw herself into competing at nail shows. She began competing in 1985, and her wins are “too numerous to list,” she says.

The quick-thinking Peters maintains a rapport with people and never misses a networking opportunity’. The technicians she comes in contact with at the nail shows and competitions are frequently the source of class and seminar ideas. Peters helps them on their way if they want to judge or coordinate competitions. Some have asked to do the nails on the cover of NAILS Magazine and gotten the assignment. Many credit her with opening the door for them to job opportunities with manufacturers.

<p>For the December cover, Peters applied liquid and powder with tips using medium-selling powder. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t like using fast-selling acrylics when I&rsquo;m doing nails for the camera or for competition because I need the extra time to sculpt them as perfect-looking as possible,&rdquo; says Peters.</p>In 1989 NAILS Magazine recruited her for the newly created position of NAILS Magazine Shows manager. In this capacity, Peters does everything from finding and reserving the show site to scheduling show dates, recruiting judges, coordinating competitions and special events, organizing seminars and guest speakers, taking exhibitor reservations, and assigning booths. During the show, Peters is right out there on the floor making sure everything is running as scheduled and troubleshooting problems.

Peters has plenty of advice for nail technicians and nail competitors. To the nail technician, she says,  “Look beyond the table. Be progressive. Be open to new products and new techniques. Attend tradeshows. This will result in an increased salary, will improve your salon nails, and will help you combat burnout.” Peters advises competitors not to focus on whether they win or lose but on what they learn.

“See competitions as opportunities. They are a chance for you to learn new techniques and catch up on trends. Competitions can open many doors. I’m a good example of how to make competitions work for you. You can achieve anything if you have a plan. Set your goals, and ‘just do it.’”



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