My name is Leanne Fulawka and I'm an esthetician and I've
been doing this for about three years.
An esthetician is just someone that deals
with skin care. I do manicures and pedicures.
Manicures deal with the fingernails, and pedicures
is the feet. I [also] do sculptured nails and
that's where I like build nails and make them
stronger; or, if someone wants long nails or
people that are nail biters. I learn how to…do
makeup and just all the skincare, body type
of work - rather than hairdressers. They deal
with cutting hair and cutting and stuff. I
do the pampering, I guess, the nice stuff.
I make people feel good and that's what I
like to do. It's like a chair rent salon. So,
I buy my own supplies and I pay a month, a
weekly rent for my space and stuff, but I am
basically self-employed. Not all places are
like that though. It just depends on where
you go. Some days I have bad days where I'm
not very busy but most days I mostly do nails.
You know, like, I do the fills and the full
sets and that's what I mostly do and that's
what I mostly enjoy doing.
[Most Satisfying Aspect:]
The nice thing about it is being on your own.
Being chair rent, if you're not busy and you
choose to go home, you can. You don't have
to answer to anybody.
Education is very important. I took my training.
It's a ten-month course and you learn a lot
about the body's anatomy like the muscle system
and the nervous system. Because when you're
doing facials and body treatments you have
to really know the muscles and know what muscles
you can massage and which areas you have to
be really careful with. You have to know those
kinds of things because you have to know what
you can and cannot treat. Like some things,
it's just a doctor. You have to refer clients
to a doctor.
Get as much experience as you can. Practice,
practice. Build your base and then you go from
there. You know, it just all comes to you naturally.
[Attitude & Positive Behaviour:]
If you've got a positive attitude, everything
just starts to roll and away you go. And you
have to really be there for the public. Like
if you're not really good at customer relations,
this isn't the job for you. It's almost like
psychiatry. It's funny, I had read in a magazine
somewhere where a person will more likely confide
in their hairstylist/esthetician than their
own doctor or their own husband.
[Opportunities This Job Offers:]
There's so many other branches:
I can teach esthetics;
I could do theatrical makeup if I wanted to
go into the movie business;
You can just do makeup for TV.
It really helps being in a positive environment.
If I'm very happy here, I wake up in the morning
and I look forward to going to work. Honestly.
Truly. And that's just from experience. You
know, I'm a lot healthier and I really do enjoy
what I do.
It's fun because you get to meet a lot of
different people; I've met a lot of people
from the states, from Toronto and all walks
of life. You're there to make them happy and
because I enjoy doing what I do, I do a good
job and they come back to me because they like
what I do for them.