Becoming a professional piercer is a path many choose to follow these days.
With the rising popularity of body piercing there is always demand for certified piercers. Your pay will be well above average and you will meet lots of cool people who share your passion for body modification and self expression. It’s no wonder so many people are looking to get into this line of work!
One of the biggest obstacles you will face in your journey to becoming a piercer is knowing how to find a piercing apprenticeship.
This doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may imagine it to be. Plus, if you know this is the right job for you, it will be well worth it!
1. Stand Out From the Crowd
When you find a piercing apprenticeship to apply for (the easy bit, just ask around locally) you will not be the only person applying. The competition may be fierce and you will need to stand out to your potential mentor!
Ask yourself, what separates you from everyone else? Ask your friends or family if you really can’t think of anything.
Everyone has their good points, you just need to find yours and really learn to show case them in situations where it is called for, such as when you are speaking to your potential mentor.
2. Be Polite and Respectful
You may assume that it will be okay to swear and act silly around a piercing studio, and if you are there just to get inked or pierce, this is fine (within reason of course). Although if you ever intend to work in piercing, you’d better watch your mouth.
You really don’t wanna give the piercing community a bad impression on yourself before you’ve even got the job! You have have to put on a completely fake act and pretend to be someone you are not, but if you have a vulgar sense of humour or a dirty mind, just tone it right down.
It may sound like I’m stating the obvious to some of you, but seriously make sure you know where to draw the line between being yourself and being an *$$hole!
3. Know Your Stuff and Do Your Reading
Knowledge is power. I order to get into a piercing apprenticeship, you do not need to have any real experience in piercing. In fact you don’t even need to know how to pierce!
Although, to help you stand out from other applicants, you should do a bit of reading to prepare yourself and prove how interested you are in this job! Hit up the library or the internet and do some research on bloodborne pathogens, sterilization, all the different piercings and basic human anatomy.
You could even go as far as taking a course in bloodborne pathogens and first aid from the Red Cross! This would really give you a much better chance and set you apart from others. This way they know you are serious and you know what you want in life.
4. Show Enthusiasm but Don’t be Big Headed
Having knowledge is great, but this doesn’t give you an excuse to ‘blow your own trumpet’. What I mean is don’t be a know-it-all.
Of course you can use your knowledge to prove you have done your reading but keep this in mind: “Say it, don’t spray it”.
Share some of your knowledge with your potential mentor and tell them why it was important for you to read up on these subjects. This is a great way of really proving that you are sincere.
5. Be a Loyal Customer
You should already be showing up at your desired piecing studio frequently to get piercings done. Whilst you get pierced, get to know the other piercers there and let them know how passionate you are about body piercing.
Ask questions, observe the processes and give good tips. Your goal is to get them to like your presence in their studio.
Like I said before, just be yourself and don’t be a show off. Act natural and it should go well for you.
6. Persistence is the Key
Go around visiting all the reputable piercing studios you can and be sure to leave your name, contact number and even your email address with each one.
As a follow up to your visit, you should phone them up and then pay them another visit. It’s best not to do this all in one day – you may seem desperate, which is never a good thing!
When you find the studio you would like to work in, you should let them know you feel this way and tell them why.
The main things you need to remember here are to be your true self, be polite and respectful, grow your piercing knowledge and keep trying!
If being a piercer is really what you want to do, it really will be worth all the effort you put in. When you want something in life you’ve just got to go for it and not stop until you get it!
Well, thanks for reading and I really hope you found this article helpful. Good luck with your journey to becoming a piercer!
Don’t forget to share this with a friend of yours who would like to get into piercing!