Nicole Rakityan - Brown Aveda Grad and Finalist in the 2018 International Skin Games.
Since completing her training at the Brown Aveda Institute, Nicole Rakityan now has over eight years of experience in the skin care industry, loving her work as a Licensed Medical Aesthetician, and rocking the Skin Games as a finalist in the Open Medical category.
Entering the Skin Games gives her the opportunity to showcase her achieved results in the first international competition for skin care professionals, all while networking with other estheticians and educators to further master her craft.
As Nicole prepares for the finals, she took a few minutes to tell us more about her experience in the industry.
Why do you love what you do?
I love helping people. This is my passion and I'm so blessed to say that I love my job. I don't even consider it a job really. It's about building connections and a foundation with patients, and if I can just change one person's life when it comes to their skin, or help them feel a little better about themselves, that's the greatest feeling you can ever have.
What does being a finalist in the Skin Games mean for a skin care professional?
It means quite a bit. I think it's really important to show skin care as a health benefit and not just a luxury treatment. It's also international, so to be in top 10 in my category says a lot. It took a lot of hard work, but this is what I've always wanted to do, so it's an honor.
How did your Aveda experience impact where you are now?
Going to Brown Aveda Institute offered a unique, holistic touch, and the instructors were amazing. Basic knowledge and education is really important. I still have my textbooks from school to refresh my memory, and when I need a resource I fall back on those books and methods. Without that good foundation I wouldn't be doing this now.
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
Stay positive, stay true to yourself, and continue your education at all times. If you specifically want to do skin, really find passion in business, and invest in your schooling. Even saving up for a couple of classes a year can help you become a successful skin care therapist.
Be sure to follow Nicole Rakityan's journey into the finals!
You can also catch Nicole on Harmych Facial Plastic Surgery's Facebook page or website, or on her Instagram.