We had the good fortune of connecting with Janaia Bell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Janaia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Initially, I didn’t. I graduated with honors receiving my Bachelors of Science in Merchandising and Business then went on to the workforce like I was expected to. I did nails on the side in college for myself out of desperation and necessity. It wasn’t until 4 years later that I decided to take on the role of a “Nail Artist”. I realized that not only does my well-paying corporate job care next to nothing about me, they also take joy in stifling my ideas, creativity and personality at every opportunity. One of the few, small things I had left to myself was my nails and I flourished there. So I decided to take it further.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was pretty slow to come into my art form, but I love it now. I focus more on one-of-a-kind designs and character artwork now that I have a solid base. I am most proud of how far my art has come since I first started. Back then I was intimidated by other great nail artists and I wasn’t even sure if I would fit in or be taken seriously since I had no formal training or education at the time. Even going to nail school became a challenge because the first school I went to turned out to be completely fraud ( the DFW nail community knows) and the second school I went to was like re-visiting high school where the owner/instructor was the playground bully. However, forming meaningful relationships with other students, nail artists, and entrepreneurs who were doing what I aspired to do ultimately gave me the motivation to keep going. Most importantly, I gained friends who helped me see that this wasn’t a task, but a fulfilling journey with myself.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely start off with a relaxing spa day with facials and massages just to unwind and slow things down. Then shopping is a must, so we would have to fit in a stop to the galleria or stonebriar centre. At some point, an artsy impromptu photo op is bound to happen in Deep Ellum along with a few drinks and games while bar hopping. then to end off the trip, a visit to the Dallas Farmers Market to explore some vendors and take home a few treats.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Fall 2019 class of SMSNT. Specifically Chelsea G, Trice S, Jalisa H, Star H, Constance, Deviny & Ashley S.

Website: stellarnaillounge.as.me

Instagram: @nailsbynaia

Facebook: Janaia Bell

Youtube: Nailsbynaia

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