CEO & Master Educator
"Starting her career in high-end beauty brands, to now having a roster of famous Australian celebrity clients, Cassie Le's mission is to ensure the new generation of nail artists are equipped with the latest and best tools to be successful."
CEO & Founder
Interview with Cassie
Cassie, how did you start your nail artistry career?
After high school I travelled to Texas to visit family. During my stay there, I spent most of my time working alongside my uncle across his multiple nail salons. I ended up falling in love with the art. From there, I made the decision to get my qualifications at a college to be a beautician on my return to Australia.
That’s so interesting! Tell us, what do you love about what you do?
I am seriously head over heels in love with what I do. I know that sounds cliché but I am.
I am able to bring my creative and artistic self to work every single day, and because of this I am lucky enough to meet great people! I love our clients so much. It’s the best feeling making clients feel great with a fresh set of nails. Then there are the chats we have with them too. There’s definitely a lot of “DnM’s” that happen, but equally we have a lot of laughs and a good time! I am forever grateful for the support we’ve had from clients, and the industry.
We love how much you love what you do. It’s so contagious! So, who would be one celebrity you’d love to do a fresh set of nails for?
You may not be expecting I’d say this celeb, but I’d have to say Barbra Streisand! Rumour has it that she doesn’t allow anyone to do her nails. Apparently she does her own! So I am up for the challenge. Barbra, I’d be honoured to do your nails. Call me. I’ll get my people to talk to your people 😉
What is the most important process of nail artistry for you?
If you know me, you know I am all about having a good foundation! So for me, that means correct prepping and priming is key to a quality set of nails. I believe if you’re doing things the right way the first time, it leaves less room for mistakes and/or corrections later on. If you start with a good foundation, it means you’re not compromising the integrity of your clients natural nails. A weak nail bed or not having a nail bed is a bad foundation for any set of nails.
Why is being an educator in the nail industry in Australia so important to you?
The nail industry has grown so fast over the years, but sadly the education in our industry has stayed the same. The same concepts and techniques are still being taught. Now with all these years of experience under my belt from being a nail artist to a business owner, I want to share what I know. I believe education should be shared. Knowledge should be shared. I live and breathe this industry, and I want to educate the new generation. As they say, sharing is caring.
Why do you want people to join CJ Academy’s revolution?
I want nail artist enthusiasts and nail artists to break boundaries with us! We are the new wave in education for our industry and we want you to join us. We believe the impossible is possible as our success is living proof of that. We want to help individuals on their journey and help them overcome any boundaries they may have.
How would you describe your teaching style in 3 words and why?
I would describe my coaching style pretty simple. I’m very patient so students will be able to feel comfortable learning with me. I am also very particular with my craft and I believe this is a great trait to have and to pass onto students. I am guilty of being a perfectionist, but in the best way possible. I am a book of knowledge and whoever I educate, I teach all that I know and more.