I found out about Ayla and her Nailgasm documentary on facebook when it was in the early stages. I love to see women follow their dreams. Ayla has put her all in to this project. I wanted to share what she is doing, and where she is going. I reached out to her on facebook, and it went a little something like this…
ME: What made you do this Nail documentary?
AYLA: MY OBSESSION WITH FILMMAKING AND NAILS STARTED AROUND THE SAME TIME A FEW YEARS AGO. SO IT JUST MADE SENSE TO DO A DOCUMENTARY ON SOMETHING THAT IS SO CLOSE TO MY HEART.
ME:When did you become interested in this industry?
AYLA:ABOUT 2008. THIS WOMAN HAD CUT UP DOLLAR BILLS ON HER NAILS DURING A RECESSION AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY. IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.
ME:What is your race?
ALYA:TOO LONG OF A LIST TO NAME BUT BUT I GO BY BLACK LOL
ME:When did you get your first set of nails?
ALYA:KLEUR, IN LA WAS MY FIRST NAIL ART EXPERIENCE, BUT ASTROWIFEY IN CHICAGO WAS MY FIRT FAKE NAIL EXPERIENCE BACK IN FEBRUARY.
ME:What do you want this film to show?
AYLA:THE POWER OF WOMEN IN A WOMAN DOMINATED INDUSTRY. IT’S ONE OF THE FEW INDUSTRIES IN THE WORLD THAT IS RAN BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN
ME:How long did this journey take?
AYLA:I’M IN MY 16TH MONTH OF PRODUCTION. IT’S BEEN A LONG BUT AMAZING JOURNEY. I WOULDN’T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD!
ME:If you could work with any nail artist who would that be?
AYLA:THERE ARE SO MANY!!! SPIFSTER IN CHICAGO IS SO AMAZING AND ALSO NAILS BY REGINA IN MIAMI
ME: Do you have any nail design training?
AYLA:NOT TECHNICAL, JUST YOUTUBE AND WATCHING THE WOMEN I’VE INTERVIEWED DO THEIR THING
ME:What did you go to school for?
AYLA:I HAVE A DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
ME:What’s next for you?
AYLA:THE SKY IS THE LIMIT, TRULY.
ME:Final thoughts what you want us to know about you?
AYLA:I JUST HOPE THAT PEOPLE LOOK AT NAILS AS SOMETHING MORE THAN NAILS. IT REALLY IS QUITE AN AMAZING ARTFORM WHEN YOU REALLY SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE.
Thanks Ayla for giving me the opportunity to chat with you much love *ALIX*
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