Women's History Month Spotlight: Jolene Brodeur

Jolene Brodeur
Jolene Brodeur
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    Celebrity manicurist Jolene Brodeur shares her experience as a nail technician with over 30 years of experience.

    1. When and why did you become a nail tech?
      “I became a nail tech back in 1990. I have always been in love with nails. I remember playing with my mother’s nail products as a little girl. I would mix colors and use other materials together to produce interesting looks and textures.”  
    2. After receiving your nail tech/beauty license, have you received other certifications? If so, what?
      Yes. It took several years until I was able to determine my place in the industry. Once I figured that out, I perused any accreditation necessary in achieving my goals. I became an Educational Ambassador for CND, West Coast Lead Educator for Essie and Specialty Team ‘RED’ for CND, as well as many others.”
    3. Where do you find education, and how do you continue growing your skills and business?
      “Finding continued education in a time of COVID has been extremely challenging. I do not care much for online education because I feel it lacks that personal quality that makes learning meaningful to me. I really love the tutorials I find on Facebook and Instagram.”
    4. What obstacles have you faced, and how did you overcome them?
      “Most of the difficult obstacles I have encounter in my career have been personal. I suffered with dyslexia most of my life. Finding ways to deal with the disorder presented certain challenges; however, overcoming the self-doubt it produces was a monumental challenge in and of itself.”
    5. What tips do you have for aspiring and budding nail techs?
      “I would tell any aspiring artist to trust themselves. As I mentioned earlier, self-doubt is the killer of the creative career. I would also suggest getting a mentor and busting your [butt] to make sure you soak in all their wisdom.” 

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