Front of House is a crucial and important role in modern piercing studios. Front of House not only greets clients, checks them in, and gets their experience in a studio started. But often styles and curates ear piercings, does basic anatomy assessments, helps with troubleshooting, aftercare, and questions. They answer phones, kill it at social media, take beautiful photographs, and keep a studio clean and running smoothly. Without them, many studios could not operate to the level and volume that they do.
Unfortunately, this position also has a less then bright past. For many years Front of House was viewed as a “lesser than” position, and not a legitimate career. Fortunately, times are changing. Front of House is an equal position to piecing, and you can make a successful and comfortable living working front of house and being a studios jewelry specialist. In an effort to help encourage more studios to view this as a legitimate career and pay and treat their FoH better, I have decided to start the Front of House Scholarship Program. This is a scholarship to attend the yearly annual Association of Professional Piercers Conference, and take courses to further your career and education as Front House.
This Scholarship includes a Full Pass to the yearly APP Conference. It is eligible to FoH working in studios only. Piercers, Apprentices, or Piercers who work both FoH and pierce do not qualify. This is for FoH/Jewelry Specialists only. You must pay for your travel and accommodations while at conference. I can help arrange for room share at conference, and also help any recipients with applying for a full course load.
Applications will open on January 2nd 2021, and they will close on February 1st 2021.
UPDATE: Due to covid delays regarding the 2021 conference, applications will open once conference information is posted online. This page will be updated as we know more.
-You MUST be employed in a studio, and provide proof of employment as FoH only.
This can include social media, a letter from your employer, or studio websites listing you and your position.
-Please Answer the Following Questions
-Why do you want to attend conference?
-Have you attended conference previously?
-Are you able to provide travel and food accommodations for yourself while at conference?
-Will you act accordingly as a representative of this scholarship (abstain from heavy drinking and drug use, present yourself in a respectful manner)?
-What does being Front of House mean to you?
-What do you see as the future for Front of House in the industry?
-How can piercers better advocate for Front of House?
When applications are open responses will be able to be submitted via a submissions link on this page. Check back for application opening timeframes.
If conference 2021 is canceled due to covid, the recipient of the scholarship will have it roll over to the next applicable conference. If for some reason the recipient is unable to attend, even due to covid concerns, they will forfeit their scholarship, and it will be given to a runner up who is able to attend. They will have the ability to reapply the following year.