It was no surprise that I wanted to be a teacher when I was at school. I guess the idea of telling people what to do really impressed me! It was years later that I really got to understand the true meaning behind education and training – it is not just about telling. It’s about sharing, listening, understanding, and most importantly, communicating!
I started off my career in the recruitment industry in South Africa. I worked my way up from Secretary to Consultant and then through to Training Manager. Working in the recruitment industry gives one a real taste for different industries and one learns very quickly how to communicate and motivate people at different levels.
It was only when I moved to the Netherlands in 2002 that I got a taste of the nail industry when I completed my course in Gel and Acrylic Nail Systems at the Beauty Company.
Shortly after finishing my nail course, I was invited to join the Company’s education team. With this experience and a background in project management, sales, marketing and IT, I was able to expand my experience within the company and fulfilled a role in the marketing, education and product development departments.
From 2012 to the end of 2015 I fulfilled the role of Director of Education and Head of Product Development for International Beauty Partners (Beauty Company/Beauty Factory). This was a very dynamic role including education, research and development, travel and a great deal of networking.
2015 saw the launch of my vlog: TNT – Tracey’s Nail Talk. Taking a look at our industry in a light-hearted, but still educational way.
I have been fortunate enough to train with some of the strongest educators in the industry and I am now applying this knowledge in combination with my training skills to share this knowledge with others.
During training courses we often say ‘Wow, they can do great nails’, my aim is for students to leave the class saying ‘Wow, I can do great nails!’! I love sharing information and techniques with students in a logical and most importantly, in a fun way.
As an Independent International Educator, I have been fortunate enough to represent various companies at Trade Shows, International Trainings, Open Days, Conferences and Competitions.