MSU Journalism Graduate Begins His Career As A Stylish Nail Technician

When it comes to creativity, Michigan State University graduate and Detroit native Audrey Porter transforms her clients with some of her elegant nail designs.

Porter graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He had taken some public relations courses, but soon after graduating he realized that he was passionate about nail art. He now offers manicures and pedicures from his home-based nail business.

The nail-tech did explain that she applied for some positions in her field and in public relations, but said she wasn’t looking for those positions too much.

“I just went straight to work and then I started doing nails too because I always liked cosmetology anyway,” Porter said. “So I went with what I liked, and now it’s been like, over a year, doing my nails constantly.”

The Michigan State graduate had stated that she had earned her love of cosmetology through her family and that growing up, it had always been a part of her home.

“My mom, her, she knew how to do her hair. She did my hair. My dad used to cut hair in the past, but she’s going to cut my brother’s hair,” Porter said. “So, actually, now my brother is a hairdresser. He is also someone who is in a professional world and works for him in a trade that you know he likes.”

Like the beauty, Porter has also dedicated herself to customizing wig and makeup units, but now she hardly touches her brushes anymore. When she’s not perfecting her craft, she likes to sit at home, relax and watch TV. She says that since she brought back the hit show “Snowfall”, she will tune in after her clients have come and gone.

In addition to seeing herself grow as an artist, the 23-year-old mentioned that clients motivate her as a creator. She says that her goal is to make them feel happy and comfortable after a date with her.

“I get all the different kinds of scenarios with stories when I get a customer from a bad experience or whatever, they’re not going to be uncomfortable with something like I’m doing someone’s feet,” Porter said. “I always try to do them, you know, like it’s okay and I don’t mind touching your feet.”

Being a nail technician comes with a lot of responsibility. Serving many clients on a day-to-day basis has become a full-time job for Porter. She had expressed that as of February 2022. She had amassed more customers than she had gained before due to a Valentine’s Day special that she posted on her Instagram account and on her booking website.

Although this was not the first special she had done, it kept her booked and busy throughout the month. The artist herself said that she does a lot of special offers with reduced prices because she likes the offers to attract her new and existing clientele.

Now that Porter has discovered that she has a genuine aspiration behind nail art, she wants to continue her journey in the future. He has even talked about opening a joint shop with his brother, who cuts hair. Although he didn’t give an exact time frame, his hope is that the store will be located in his hometown on Detroit’s west side.

“I would be more part-time than full-time once I, you know, have a store and have that setup,” Porter said. “At some point, I will become a boss. But for now, I love doing nails.”

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