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Spotlight on... NAILPRO Competition Winner: Billyne Dowdy
Welcome to Spotlight on... NAILPRO Competition Winners.
Here we interview outstanding Nail Artists who have placed in past Nailpro competitions and highlight their work.
This week we speak with Billyne Dowdy, who received third place in the NAILPRO Long Beach 2013 Salon Success - Novice category
Where do you live?
I live in Battle Creek, Michigan. It's located about 1.5 hours west of Detroit and 2 hours east of Chicago.
Which competitions have you won?
As much as I love nail art, I've only ever competed in Salon Success and Sculptured Nail competitions. I have this crazy obsession with trying to make a perfect pink and white nail. I have placed 2 times each in Salon Success and the Sculptured Nails categories. When I compete, I'm not in competition with the other people around me. I'm trying to be the best nail artist that I can be, so I'm competing against myself if that makes any sense.
What was your first competition?
It was salon success at the IBS Las Vegas show in 2009. I was SO scared and intimidated. I got disqualified. *whomp-whomp* It was cool though. The competitors there were so helpful. It was a learning experience. it still is for me.
What made you decide to compete?
I've always wanted to compete. I started doing nails in 1987 and remember going to the Nail Shows in Detroit and seeing Kym Lee and Tom Holcomb and thinking, "Wow!!" to myself. Too bad it took me 20-something years to get up the nerve to do it. LOL