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Life & Work with Daisy Perez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daisy Perez.

Hi Daisy, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
At the start of the pandemic, I was in my last year at UC Riverside and working at Swarovski Victoria Gardens as a social media coordinator. When the mall closed and school shifted to being strictly online, I found that I had a lot of time on my hands. I remember that I’d always wanted to be able to do my own gel manicures, but as a college student, I didn’t have the extra money to treat myself to something I considered a luxury. Being stuck at home gave me the opportunity to see nails as an investment and the perfect medium for expressing my creativity. In the beginning, I was only practicing on my mother and myself. Shortly after, her friends began to ask her where she got her nails done, and being the supportive mother that she is, she recommended them to me. I of course was nervous but became more confident with each and every set. I still continue to see every set as a chance to improve and challenge myself. This is especially true when it comes to nail art. Some designs look rather intimidating, but I am not one to give up easily. The feeling of being able to bring someone’s vision to life fills me with such indescribable happiness. It’s one of my favorite parts of being a nail artist. Although I’d always loved painting my nails, I never imagined that I was capable of creating art on such tiny canvases. I find it crazy to think that if the pandemic hadn’t happened, I would have never discovered my new passion and career.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Although this journey has been fun and fulfilling, I’ve definitely had my share of struggles. In the beginning of my journey as a nail artist, I would take quite a long time on the simplest sets. I do think that this was in part due to the fact that I’m a perfectionist. I would constantly think to myself that just because I was a beginner did not mean that it was ok for me to produce subpar work. I am my harshest critic, but I’ve come to accept that nothing in life is perfect, and I should be proud of the progress I have made so far.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a nail artist, I chose to work exclusively with gel products, so I only offer gel extensions and gel manicures. Unlike acrylic, there is no odor produced while using gel products which is definitely one of my favorite things about this system. Apart from only working with gel, I am also known for my ability to hand paint nail art. This is something I am very proud of because I had no previous experience with any type of painting. Although I’m still learning, people place a lot of trust in me and love the fact that I take my time to produce quality work. They come to me because they know that I’m always excited and willing to try new nail trends, whether it be airbrushing or blobs. Their trust in my art has led me to be noticed by some of my favorite artists. Their support means the world to me and inspires me to continue working hard on my art and content.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
From the beginning, I felt that I had a great support system ranging from family and friends to complete strangers on social media. My parents would take time out of their day to go with me to buy nail supplies from stores that were an hour away and never complained. My mom would sit with me for hours, letting me practice my nail application. She always let me have creative freedom when it came to her sets and was very patient with me. My lovely grandpa built me a custom desk and shelves for my nail supplies. My friends take it upon themselves to share my work and tell me that they are proud of how far I’ve come. Instagram is where I primarily share my work, and it means so much to me when I receive comments from people saying they love my art. Even a like means a lot to me. Without their support, I wouldn’t be able to continue doing what I love, and I can’t begin to thank them enough for their support. There are also many amazing nail artists in the community that I look up to, and I’ve even taken classes from some of them. The class I took with @nailedbytav taught me important painting techniques that can be used in a wide range of nail art. I also took classes from @nailjerks where I learned the basics of airbrushing and how to create some really cool designs. I remember feeling motivated and inspired to keep working hard after every class I took. They are incredible, and I hope that I may one day be as skilled as them.

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