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NP: What aspect of this year's
tournament did you find most
challenging?
AB: I'd have to say, some of the Fantasy
Art! In a few cases, I simply couldn't come
up with an original design-the "Talking
Trees" theme comes specifically to mind.
Because I couldn't get inspired, I was
unable to enter that competition.
NP: Was it hard to balance competing
individually with participating on
team EzFlow?
AB: Time was the toughest part to
manage. I had to practice my own entries
while serving as unofficial group leader,
which involved coaching, answering
questions, completing registrations,
booking flights and reserving hotel rooms.
But I love working with EzFlow. We're like
family-granted one member, Jarrett, is
actually my son-and we all support each
other and have a blast at the events.
NP: How did it feel to spar alongside
your own son?
AB: Fantastic! Jarrett only competed
in Las Vegas at the end of the 2015
season, so it was great having him with
me this entire year. He enrolled in a few
entries, like 3-D and Stiletto, for the first
time. Watching his improvement was a
proud mom moment. I didn't even know
I wanted to be a nail tech before I had
my son. For a while, I thought about
joining the Coast Guard then eventually
trying to work for the FBI or DEA, but I
got pregnant with Jarrett when I was 17
and started beauty school when he was

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6 months old so I would have a steady
income through which I could support
him. Little did I know I'd fall in love with my
career. He's changed my life in countless
wonderful ways.
NP: Apart from your son, what were
you most proud this year?
AB: I'm pretty pleased about winning
Three-in-One in Long Beach. I placed first
in all three categories: Sculptured Nail, Tip
and Overlay and Perfect Match. I'm the first
person to win the trio, which feels awesome.
NP: Did anything surprise you about
this year's tournament?
AB: The expertise of my fellow competitors
was a notch above. Like everything, nails
are cyclical. For example, acrylics were
huge years ago, then fell from popularity
when everyone got crazed for gels, and
now they're hot again. It's the same with
competitions, which are expensive to enter,
travel to and practice for-supplies alone
cost a pretty penny-so for some time
it felt like fewer techs were making the
tournament rounds. But now the gaming
bug is back, due in part to social media,
which has forced pros to step out of their
comfort zone so they don't get left behind.
It was great seeing talented new faces
in the arena. Competition forces us to
continuously learn, improve and deliver at
peak levels.
NP: How did you feel when you found
out you'd won again?
AB: Validated, like my hard work paid off. I
spent lots of sleepless night prepping, so by

that point I was ready to celebrate and relax.
NP: Has this subsequent victory had
any affect on your career?
AB: My clients love it! A lot of them use it
as a bragging right.
NP: And what about personally: How
has this specific win changed you?
AB: Being triumphant makes me want
to work harder and do better because, in
many cases, I know my submissions had
room for improvement. It also leaves me
feeling slightly conflicted about whether
or not to compete again. At one point I
was sure this would be it, as competitions
are a lot of work. (I've spent hundreds
of hours just practicing my art forms.) At
times this year, I felt ready for a break.
I've toyed with the possibility of jumping
behind the scenes, or even learning about
the judging process. Yet part of me knows
I'd miss the challenge. I'm addicted to the
satisfaction that comes with looking at a
finished product and being happy with the
end result.
NP: Did you learn anything new about
competing?
AB: Yes, never take any aspect of the
challenges for granted. The pressure
is always on, and competitors are only
becoming more fierce.
NP: What advice might you give a
competition newbie hoping to win the
NAILPRO Cup?
AB: I have three Ps for you: practice, plan
and be prepared.

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