We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Waggoner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think the biggest habits that helped me succeed would be persistence and consistency. I was persistent about making plans to obtain what I wanted and then was consistent about my movements and actions to make them happen. I did something every single day for my business and then made sure that when things were going well that I continued to do those same things every day so that I wouldn’t have a lull in my business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a nail technician that specializes in nail art. I use people’s 10 little canvases to create little pieces of art. I think what sets me apart from others would be my creativity and ability to create nails on people that aren’t your average and boring nails. I got to where I am by constantly practicing my craft and educating myself so that I could be the best. I took tons of classes and spent many many hours refining the skills I learned from them. It wasn’t easy but my consistency paid off. My work sets me apart from a lot of others. I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way. I used to be extremely excited to share my ideas and invite people on my journey. I have found over time that people don’t typically have your best interest in mind and can take advantage of your hard work and relationships you have cultivated in your industry. I have learned to make plans, keep my mouth shut about them and work on them…every….single….day. I have learned my value over time and that my level of knowledge of nails can really help people to get them to the next level of their career. I love educating and helping people see their full potential if they put in the hard work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love taking people to several destinations around Colorado. One of my Colorado favorites is the Coors/Molson Factory in Golden. We can eat up a day by doing the tour of the brewery and shopping in downtown Golden. There are tons of great little restaurants and shops to peruse. After enjoying downtown I love taking my guests up Lookout Mountain to enjoy the sprawling views. To finish off the day I would try to take them to Red Rocks to enjoy a concert. Seeing a show there is epic! Another day excursion can be the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Depending on the time of year there are street performers and all kinds of shopping to check out. It’s pretty easy to spend a day meandering around downtown. Lastly I would take them to Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs to check out Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs. These are all fun ways to really take in some Colorado sites and spend some time in the outdoors. There is a train that can take you to the top of Pike’s Peak which is a blast and then I love going to the penny arcades in downtown Manitou Springs.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are several people that deserve a shoutout. The first person would be a beautiful lady name Yary that introduced me to the world of nail art and did incredible art on my nails for years. She moved away so I was left without someone to do my nails and a new found desire to learn how to do them. I had plans to start law school but I squeeked in nail school the summer before law school. I loved nails and never ended up studying law. The second person that deserves a shoutout is Veronica Styles from Westland Beauty Academy. She is the owner and instructor of the school. She’s filled with knowledge and encouraged me to do big things and take my new found career to new heights. To this day I still refer back to her with questions and concerns. She always seems to have a good answer and guidance. Lastly would be my friend David DiLorenzo from Valentino Beauty Pure. We met years ago when I was a new nail tech and he was a new business owner trying to promote his dust collector machine for nail techs. He always gave me an opportunity to demo at his trade shows and work with his brand. As his company grew he hired me to educate for him and has given me an opportunity to travel and teach. I love working with him and his incredible team he has put together. These 3 individuals have really helped guide me so that I can own and run a successful salon, travel and teach. I appreciate each of them so much and owe a lot of my ability to thrive as a nail technician to them.