Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Crane.
Hi Kayla, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I graduated from Paul Mitchel the School in Orlando back in 2010. I focused on hair but always had a desire to do nails and have done my own and friends many times. I ended up giving up on a career in the salon and went back to school. Doing hair was just not for me. After that, I worked as a bartender and server while I went back to college. I then graduated with an AA degree with the plans of transferring to UCF to finish my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. This is when I realized as much as I love physics and mathematics, I was not an office type of person. I continued on in the service industry because I really enjoy it and I’m able to make a living while still be present for my family, I’m a mom of four and a wife. While working as a bartender in November of 2020 a guest was handing out her business cards to us and mentioned she did eyelash extensions.
At this point, I had only heard of this service once but something inside me said find out more information about this. I was so intrigued. I knew my sister-in-law recently started offering this service at her salon so I contacted her and mentioned It was something I was interested in. And would you believe it her partner at work was offering a training course that weekend. I signed up and began doing eyelash extensions within weeks at my sister in laws salon while on the side, I also began doing nails at my house. I built a clientele over the next 7-8 months to where I was able to quit bartending all together and became a full-time lash and gel nail artist. I was living my dream until I developed an allergy to the lash adhesive. The odds of this happening are 1-4% and it happened to me. I lost a giant amount of my clients and income in the blink of an eye. I decided then to just focus on building up my nail clientele and giving that part of my business 100% of my energy. As of now, I’m still in the infant stage of growing my business and accepting friends and referrals only but within the next few months, I plan to venture out and find my own studio.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all. I’m a mom of four. So always making sure I have time for them is #1. I spent many years in school thinking I needed an office job with a desk and salary only to realize that is the last thing I want. I need to be able to be around others and create art. Nails and the beauty industry is exactly that.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a gel nail artist. I specialize in natural nail health/growth and nail art. A lot of people that sit in my chair say they have always wanted nail art but are too afraid to ask or too nervous to wear it. I make sure to have a thorough consultation beforehand so I can give my clients the exact color, design and details they have always dreamt of. I am big on not only doing quality work but also focusing on sanitation and nail health.
What are your plans for the future?
I am looking to rent a storefront in the future but may start off with a suite.
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