5Q: Seanette Davis, Celebrity Nail Artist
I met Nette Davis like many modern women, on Instagram! She is talented, inspirational and an all around fun lady! Nette's feed is filled with gorgeous manicures and packed with imagery of her final touches Hollywood's brightest stars. Nette's work has been featured in InStyle and Teen Vogue. From Halle Berry to Lady Gaga, Mindy Kailing to Missy Elliott, Nette Davis has touch some of the industry's most famous tips! They even mention her on their social media! Fancy, right?!? She is really good!
The path to successful entrepreneurship and freelance careers are unconventional. I thought it important to include a very glamorous and non-traditional career. I am so inspired by Nette's career, work ethic, and artistic designs that I asked her my famous 5Q's !
1. Looking back on your first job, what skill did you use that you still use today?
A strong knowledge of how to talk and touch while working. In my field there's 1 million things going on around you so you have to know how to talk because everyone else has their own thing but you have to make The client comfortable....at the same time you can't make the manicure uncomfortable.
2. Was there a defining moment that made you start your business/career?
I was actually catapulted into celebrity nails... One day while I was sitting at the salon...making no money...really praying...I walked out and saw 2 people. The hairstylist was running behind... so I decided to ask some of the women that are waiting if they wanted manicures. The one woman that said yes turned out to be the mother of the lady that runs the agency that I work with now. That was 9 years ago... God opened the door. But if I didn't do a great job and had good interpersonal skills... that might not have happened.
What was he first step you took to getting an agent or your roster of clients?
Get a portfolio together by working with student photographers that had great potential.
What is the greatest lesson learned in your first year in business?
You can do more in a smarter way. Knowing your clients you can schedule more clients or less on certain days. There are certain clients that take hrs because they fall asleep and I have to play puppeteer and some only take an hr... I also have to factor in drive time.
What is your best piece of advice for your fellow Female Founder?
Be patient when things look grim. Try another way, try a new product or technique! Get ready when you're waiting.
Follow the brilliant Nettie Davis on Instagram @nettiescrub