I get maybe 3-4 enquirers a week from people who want to peruse a career in professional piercing.
It is a pretty tough industry to get into and although very rewarding, it can be a quite difficult to get your foot in the door and there are a number of things you SHOULD do and a number of things to NOT DO. Let’s start with the things to do.
My strong suggestion is to get a part time job, save up cash and then travel to APP in vegas (www.safepiercing.org) and take AS MANY
COURSES AS YOU CAN for new piercers. The knowledge is honestly the best in the world and taught from many great piercers.
You can also do your BBP (bloodborne pathogens) via their website and your first aid prior to even feeling around for a good studio to learn at. This will prove that you are keen and understand the basics of operating near and around blood and sharps.
At current, there are only two professional piercing studios in Perth. Ourselves (who are all APP members) and Exotic in china town. We pride ourselves on only using internally threaded ASTMF136 titanium jewellery and solid 14/18kt gold for ALL piercings, whereas exotic offer a variety of different quality jewellery – however they do offer apprenticeships.
Know that if you do any of the Ez-training courses or work at a bong shop you will generally be black listed from professional studios for your entire career (obviously not something you want to do).
There is no formal apprenticeships available for our industry (as it is unregulated in Australia), however before you even approach a studio looking for a job here’s a couple helping hints.
As a general rule of thumb, piercing apprenticeships last for 1-2 years of unpaid work. You normally work the first 3-4months cleaning and learning how to correctly communicate with customers, then you start watching procedures and eventually start working supervised on your close friends. As time goes on, you will eventually be able to perform simple procedures unsupervised and begin earning money.
It can take a number of years to become a good piercer.
It’s difficult to find a good studio, it’s even harder to find a good studio that will take you on.
You may need to travel to find a good studio, drop into the shop and build a rapport with your potential trainer.
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