Nominated as a Film Star by a co-worker, Vess Jimez is modern
proof women can do anything. The 25 year old, is an experienced tinter
and employee at her father’s company, Extreme Tint and Polish in Santa
She got her start at 13 years old helping out around the shop. “Since
I was little I have always liked cars so when I was about 13 years old
and [my father’s] business was busy I would go with him to the shop,”
recalls Jimez. “I started helping him by cleaning the windows and things
like that. Little by little he started teaching me and by the time I was
around 14 years old I started installing little things like quarter windows.”
Jimez, who has now been tinting for over ten years, has faced a tough
road as a young, female tinter.
“I was young when I started and I was a girl,” she says. “So a lot of
people look extra hard at my work or if it’s a nice car a lot of people
don’t trust me with their car because of my gender and my age.”
“I remember one time I was helping a new male trainee and a customer came
in with a BMW. It seemed like he didn’t want to talk to me, but would
rather talk to the male trainee. Those types of things are hard,” she
Facing extra criticism and judgment only made Jimez work harder to ensure
her work is quality work.
“We value the quality of our work. Because I am a girl a lot of people
are quick to criticize my work. I try to set myself apart with the quality
of my work and my customer service.”
Despite some extra challenges, Jimez says she loves what she does and
it never gets old.
“I really like cars and I like this kind of business. I get to see different
cars everyday and I know that I can help owners with getting the benefits
of heat rejection and things like that.”
When asked about the future Jimez has big plans for her career and her
“I’m really helping my dad out by educating myself. I go to car shows
and conferences. We just started using computer cut and I am trying to
continue my industry education so I can help share new technologies and
techniques with my dad and the business,” says Jimez. “The wrapping business
is new and a lot of consumers are starting to show interest. Right now
I am personally wrapping my own car and a few others for practice.”
In addition to enjoying her practice time at work, Jimez is currently
a student studying computer graphics. In her free-time she enjoys playing
basketball and hanging out with her family, including her three sisters.
Do you know someone who is a star among window film tinters?
Then we want to hear from you with your nominations for “Film Stars.”
E-mail your nominations to Katie Hodge at email@example.com.
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