We recently connected with Reyna Sandoval and have shared our conversation below.
Reyna , thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Folks often look at a successful business and imagine it was an overnight success, but from what we’ve seen this is often far from the truth. We’d love to hear your scaling up story – walk us through how you grew over time – what were some of the big things you had to do to grow and what was that scaling up journey like?
The most common question I get is “How did you scale up to do nails or runways, music video, editorial, etc.?” Answer is, I took a risk and happened to ask the right person. I used to be a very shy person and hated going up to strangers especially when I needed advice but I worked on it with a therapist which led up to me traveling out of town for a couple days, which was out of my comfort to leave for several days for a nail class. With the support and communication with my family, I left for 3 days and at this nail class my career changed. I asked the right person for advice. After being consistent with my work, a month later I got my first onset job which was nails for Playboy.
Now I have had so many opportunities to bloom over the 3 years and have met amazing people who have opened more doors than I could have ever imagined.
I now advise people to be nice and take risks by just talking to people because what’s the worst that can happen? They say no and what? It won’t push you back, you will leave you in the same place you were before you asked and be kind and consistent. And as a wife and mom, in order for the career to succeed you have to communicate, be honest, and just as hard as you work you gotta do just as hard to spend time with the ones who helped you at home to make everything happen.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your background and context?
I started learning acrylic nails at the age of 14 in Tijuana, Mexico. It was a hobby at first but bloomed into more. Most of the styles clients know me for is still everything I originally learned but now more modern and improvised which is acrylic nails with the artistry of 3D/4D art, encapsulation, hand painted, and most of all crystal designs which are all my specialty. My brand can go as simple or extravagant as needed and constantly pushing my creativity limits.
Where do you think you get most of your clients from?
Most if my clientele whether its for on set or in salon clients all come mostly from social media or word of mouth. The new modern business card is your social media page. People love to see consistency and variety of your work, from the most simple to the most creative designs you can do.
Have you ever had to pivot?
I have go through soo much personally during my career all from parents divorcing, dad and grandma’s passing away, and showing up to help my family in urgent needs. Its important to take time off for your own mental health and learn to say “No”. May times I felt like I was going down, all my clients who have become friends now motivate me, making me look forward to get back to work even stronger than ever each time.
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