Jade Tang is a Master Nail Artist and founder of a professional nail supply boutique and academy, The Imperial Room. With over 100,000 followers on social media and known as the “Nail Queen” by her peers and students, Jade is an example of a hardworking immigrant becoming a triumphant entrepreneur living her American Dream.
After working in the nail industry for 15 years, Tang launched her own brand of professional and quality-driven nail tools. Her journey from immigrant to entrepreneur is an incredible one that breaks the mold and empowers peers.
Here are three key takeaways from our interview with Jade Tang.
Build on what you’re good at
When Jade Tang immigrated to Minnesota at the age of 18, her aunt introduced her to the nail industry.
“I was a creative child and loved everything that involved arts and crafts including drawing, painting, and sewing,” says Tang.
“I decided on a nail career because it satisfied my cravings for creativity and was and still is a great way to earn a living here in America, my new home.”
Tang’s artistic focus on designs and intricate attention to details help her create unique artwork as she treats clients’ nails as tiny canvases of art.
“As I developed into a more mature artist, it occurred to me that quality and essential tools and knowledge were necessary to deliver quality results and memorable experiences for clients.”
Dare to dream and dare to share
The nail care market is estimated to reach $11.6 billion by 2027 and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for nail technicians is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is faster than average across occupations.
“I’ve always dreamed of becoming a business owner and known that nail artistry is the key to my American Dream. Working for paychecks was just not enough when the opportunities are there with nail care continuing to be in demand,” says Tang.
After 15 years in the industry, Tang founded The Imperial Room. She shares that the goals were to inspire creativity and empower nail artists to realize their full potential so they can collectively raise the bar across the board and elevate the nail industry.
“Besides cultivating talent and supporting up-and-coming artists, we create and share quality tools and trusted products that we believe will help salon owners and independent professionals to maximize their earnings.”
Create a positive impact
Tang’s vision of The Imperial Room is to build a community deserving of empowerment and support because she sees her clients and peers as a collective of regal women.
“The first product I launched was the Tiara Gel Extension Kit. It is as though with each nail set being completed with our gel extension kit, a tiara is passed on from woman to woman or queen to queen.”
Besides women empowerment, Tang also emphasizes the needs of busy modern women. She shares that she only curates and creates products that manage to achieve the end result which is beautiful nail artistry in an efficient manner to allow artists and clients alike to go on their merry way sooner and confidently.
“We seek to help nail artists earn more with simplicity by providing quicker and luxurious services to their royal and loyal clients.”
As an extremely busy mother-of-three and entrepreneur, Tang understands the importance of getting the work done aesthetically and efficiently.
At the end of the day, if you expand on your talents with relentless focus and strategy to empower others to realize their full potential, nothing is going to stop you. Jade Tang is living proof of that.