We had the good fortune of connecting with Jana Rahimian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jana, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks, this word has a negative or fearful meaning behind it to many. I feel like risk in my case is a very positive game changer. I was a freshman at UCSB when I started doing nails and when the pandemic hit, I decided to finally take the risk and take my business seriously and risk dropping my entire scholarship and everything I had at the time to pursue the amazing job I have now. I feel like risk is important when it comes to bettering yourself and growing. If I had not taken the risk of dropping out of my dream school, to this day my life would’ve been very different. I would not be the person I am today if it I did not take the risk. If you don’t risk things then you’ll always ask yourself about the what ifs and that what shouts of life. Yes there can be consequences to jumping the gun but in the end taking a risk can really change your entire life. Live your life with risk and you will have little to no regret
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a licensed manicurist and editorial/ creative nail artist. I absolutely adore my job. Everyday I get to sit and hold hands and chat with all of my favorite people and learn more and more about them while creating art on their hands. A lot of people see nails as a confidence boost just as some people use makeup for confidence so it really does mean the world to me out of the fact that I can make someone feel better about themselves or make their day better. I am most proud about being recognized by L’Oréal and their ”make up dot com” organization. Everyday it is beyond exciting to wake up and know that it will be a new and completely different journey and you never know what crazy connections you will make or what people will end up becoming your client . In order to get to where I am now, it really took a lot of patience and frustration. As weird as it sounds frustration was key because it pushed me to work harder test my limits. I will admit it was not easy to get to where I am today. I can recall in the beginning of the pandemic when all nail salons were closed I started to make press ons. Little did I know I was going to be working from 10am- 4am by choice painting,packaging , and shipping press ons all over the us. Once salons were able to open up safely, a lot of my press on commissioners came to me as clients and that was the start of building my clientele. I did not start to brand myself until I got a hold of tiktok mid pandemic and realized that there was more to nails than just solid colors and ombres. I then started to develop my own style by incorporating what I like and my ideas with what my clients like and their ideas and that was the start of Jaynaildit. Also of lessons I learned while building my brand, is that no one will credit you until you are doing better than them. And people will always be envious of you and try to discredit you but it is important to remember that you know the worth of your craft and art and it really does show. Mistakes will be made along the way but in the end mistakes are learning lessons that help you grow. One thing I’d want the world to know about me and my brand is that you should never say you can’t do it. Being all alone does not stop you from accomplishing your goals. It might be a long lonely road but once you get to the end of it it will all be worth it
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting LA I would take them to 71above restaurant for the skyline view while we enjoy our food, Malibu farm, and ladybyrd cafe for all the vibes. I’d also take them to Santa Monica pier or Malibu beach, or hiking to the Hollywood sign because whether you’re born and raised in LA or a tourist, there’s are lifetime thrills as much as they are tourism spots.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My clients deserve the most recognition of anything. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be the person I am or be in the position I am today. I am so grateful for the ones that have been there since I first started offering services and are still clients to this day. We have seen one another grow in so many different ways and so many memories and heartfelt moments are made in the salon as well. My mom deserves recognition for really believing in me when I didn’t exactly believe in myself. She has tested the limits with me and has made me grow as a person and has lead me in the right direction whenever I’m unsure of a decision needed to make. Thank you to everyone who trusted the process and believed in me the most
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