Frequently Asked Competition Questions
What’s the best way to prepare, especially if I’ve never done a competition?
Regardless of your level of competition experience, your preparation should always begin with reading and understanding the competition general rules and competition-specific rules, the schedule and registration deadlines. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Competition Director Jaime Schrabeck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What about competition training?
Competition training can be incredibly helpful, and not just for doing nail competitions. Your nail services can improve significantly when you practice and apply the techniques that competitors use. Through training, you will learn about the benefits of competing, how judges evaluate the quality of work, which techniques produce the best results, what to practice, how to pack your supplies, how to choose a model and so much more.
How do I find someone qualified to provide competition training?
We’re so fortunate to know talented professionals who use their experience to encourage and prepare others to compete. Please contact Competition Director Jaime Schrabeck (email@example.com) if you want some suggestions.
What’s the difference between competition and salon nails?
Competition nails represent a standard of perfection in form, while salon nails must function in the everyday lives of clients. That being said, great salon nails exhibit most of the characteristics of their impractical competition counterparts (proper structure, product control, consistency, etc.) with the most obvious exceptions being length and thickness.
Can I register to compete at the event?
We can only accept registrations in advance, so once you decide to compete, you should register immediately and before the deadline to reserve your space.
What if a competition only has a few entries?
That increases your chances of winning a trophy! We will hold a competition with as few as three entries, but if we don’t receive at least three registrations before the deadline, the competition will be subject to cancellation and any registration fees paid will be refunded.
How will my entry be scored?
Each competition has its own categories and score sheet that the judges will use to evaluate your entry. Descriptions of those categories are included in the competition-specific rules. Your entry will be identified only with a number on the score sheet (examples here). The Competition Director records and sums all the scores to determine the placement of the entries. The scores are confidential and only the top three placements will be announced at the awards ceremony.
Will I receive my score sheet after the competition?
Score sheets are a tool for the judges, so the short answer is no. We encourage you to interact with the judges directly to learn more about how your work was evaluated and how it could improve. A competitor should be prepared to listen and accept constructive criticism. The goal is to improve the quality of work for the next competition, not to question the judges’ decision.
What will I win?
Our competition winners receive trophies; in the future, as competitions grow, we plan to award prize money. The most important thing to be gained from competing is a sense of accomplishment, regardless of how you place. The competition experience not only develops your skills, but provides incredible opportunities to network and market yourself to potential clients and employers, including manufacturers and distributors in need of educators.
If you have any questions regarding theCNTC competitions, please contact Competition Director Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.