We had the good fortune of connecting with Giselle Soto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Giselle, how do you think about risk?
Relocating my family to another state was challenging as a single mother of three children. I left behind my family, friends, clientele and business in Massachusetts. Honestly, It was the best decision I’ve ever made, but was very challenging. Houston has a lot to offer in many aspects. Its the home of businesses, therefore my business can prosper without a doubt. It was a little hard to adjust at first since things are done differently compared to where I’m from. I’ve been receiving help from many friendly people, including strangers. I am very grateful with where I am standing today.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the first Dominican hispanic nail technician to start this career path in Lynn, Massachusetts. It was challenging at first because nail artistry is not as easy as it may look. It was not easy to work with other ethnic groups that have different practices. Most of my nail education was from watching Youtube, believe it or not. So as watching other peoples techniques and applying them as well. What makes me stand out is that I specialize in Gel-X. Gel-X is a new nail system that is gaining popularity up North. I’m happy to be educating people to this unique system that does not require acrylic.
I would like the world to know that anything is possible. You can achieve anything when you set your goals in motion with consistency.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am still exploring Houston. Houston has a huge variety of places to go. I’m currently looking around for new experiences in the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Silvia Via has been someone who’s inspiring and admirable to me. She is my role model in many ways. She has given me advice on how to take care of my health and my ongoing business. She’s somebody who has pushed me to be great. She’s pushed me to follow my dreams of being a nail technician and not giving up. She has been supporting me all these years and helped me better myself physically and mentally. She’s my motivation to be the best I can to my ability. Because of her today I’m working on being the best newly inspiring Dominican nail technician in this industry.
The amazing Taja Ashaka has helped me gain my confidence. She welcomed me with open arms as a friend and a mentor the day I arrived. She’s very open to help me in any way possible as a working business woman. She has helped me look for new ideas for self promoting within social media. She includes me in her networking events which has helped me enormously.
This very special person, Manal Chamsine, has been my backbone. She’s been in my family as my care taker, sister, someone I can rely on confidently, for over 20 years maintaining the role. She currently owns 2 successful daycares in Houston. She is someone who I always looked up to and admired dearly. My family and I can rely on her with anything without a doubt. She will always be in a special place inside my heart.