Cammy Nguyen has been a licensed cosmetologist and nail technician for more than two decades. She specializes in lash artistry, cosmetics and tattooing and carries many eyelash and other beauty products for sale on her website. Cammy is also a beauty industry trainer and social media influencer. She launched her eponymous beauty brand, Cammy Nguyen LLC, in August 2019.
Take a risk or play it safe ?
“Always take the risk. In my business, I go all in. I believe in myself and my vision, so I always take the risk.”
What changes have you made due to COVID-19?
“COVID-19 took all of us by storm, and let’s be honest, it wasn’t easy—like a lot of companies. From potentially having to close operations entirely when the California state mandate was in effect to pivoting and providing masks to those in need, COVID-19 has been a lesson in adaptation for my team and me. The moral of the story is: adapt, adapt, adapt.”
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
“When COVID-19 hit, my business was immediately at risk. It was a scary time for me, my company and my employees. Lash technicians were not allowed to operate. As you can imagine, this caused a decline in sales. I had to adapt and find a way to keep my company and my dream alive.
I became an outlet for COVID-19 essential items. Not only did this help me ensure my employees were going to get paid, but it also allowed me to use part of the proceeds to donate masks to our local doctors’ offices and hospitals and essential workers. It was a great feeling to know that even if I didn’t have money to pay myself, my employees and community were taken care of.”
What is your #1 piece of advice during this unprecedented time?
“We all know times are tough. We also know that the world we knew pre-COVID-19 will never be the same. So my advice to everyone is: No matter what, don’t give up on your dream. You have to work smarter, harder and safer right now to achieve your goal. If you need startup capital and your Chanel bag is in the closet, SELL THAT SHIT! Material possessions are cool and all, but you can always get more of them when your business is successful.”
How did you come up with the name of your business?
“I am very hands-on in developing my products; I use each one of them myself. So when I was searching for a company name, I wanted something to instill trust in my future customers. I decided if they trusted me as an artist, they would trust my company. That’s why I decided to use my name for my business, Cammy Nguyen LLC. You best believe that if I put my name on something, it’s going to be the best!”
What are you especially grateful for today?
“I’m especially grateful for my new company being 1 year old. Celebrating this is has been such an empowering moment. I went through so much with my past businesses; I’m forever grateful for being able to create something entirely mine.”
What challenges are specific to your industry?
“Unfortunately, during these times my industry has been affected tremendously. I can’t imagine what lash technicians are going through. Local mandates are always changing, and the uncertainty of when they will be able to work again must be extremely unsettling.
Right now the biggest challenge I am facing is how to help spread positivity in this industry. I try to help as much as possible, so I am trying to create content that will educate my industry and hopefully bring a smile to their faces. I also have been holding various sales and even selling some of my products at cost to help lower the expenses lash technicians go through. It hasn’t been easy for my company, but we are getting through this.”
Tell us about your support system.
“I love my support system. I don’t tell them enough, but they mean the world to me. Without them, my company wouldn’t survive. My right-hand ladies, Angele and Kristen, hold down the office for me when I can’t be there; they are my saving grace. Rachel keeps us in check, and my marketing team members, Dawn and Dennis, bring my ideas to life.”
What projects do you support to help those in need?
“I try to support as many different projects as I can. I donate as often as I can. It is a blessing to have a large following on social media, and I try to use my platform to encourage my followers to help if they can. I also hold regular donation campaigns to help people in my industry get on their feet.”