We asked some of the city’s most brilliant and creative minds to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve had to make.

Maria Helena Corrêa Anderson | Holistic Practitioner & Qigong Instructor

I think the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was to accept the consequences of my choice to stay in the US when my first husband left our family and decided to move back to Brazil. My three children were still minors, one of them was just 6 years old and I had no family in the country. I believe, with all my heart, that healing was what I came to do on this earth, and going back to Brazil meant to not fulfill my dreams, purpose, and convictions. Read more>>

Jo Jo Lam | Cinematographer

The most difficult decision I’ve had the privilege to make was probably leaving my home, my comfort zone, and the only thing I’ve really ever known, Hong Kong, at the age of 16. It was something that I always contemplated but never thought possible. I first learned English through watching Friends the TV show at about 13 years old and this coupled with being a little bit of a cinephile at that age – I really just wanted to challenge myself. It was probably regular teenage rebellion, now with the gift of hindsight however I can tell that it was something instinctual I knew on a gut level. The world is big with so many different cultures, languages, and people to learn from and I needed to put myself out there and experience it. Little did I know that was one of the most influential and challenging decisions I’ve ever made in my life. Read more>>

Taylor Diambrini | Singer & Song-writer

Letting go of the past, my comfort zone, and taking a risk in stepping onto a path of musical creative honesty. Therefore Connecting who I am as a person spiritually and emotionally to the artist that I truly am regardless of marketing, branding, genre and industry standards and boundaries. Read more>>

Mark McKee | Producer, Songwriter & Musician

In 2013, I moved to Los Angeles from Raleigh, NC. The most difficult decision wasn’t actually moving to LA, it was STAYING in LA and not retreating back home. The first 2 years are some of the most brutal you will go through. I struggled to make my way through it all, but persistence is key. I wouldn’t have the life and opportunities I enjoy so much today if I hadn’t stuck with it. Read more>>

Eddie Grigorian | Bartending Services

Leaving a company who supported me and provided comfort. I took a huge risk starting my own business, as I took my experience and made it my own. From hustling for your clients, creating contracts from scratch, and purchasing liability insurance just to be able to work one event. I did not know when my next event would be, but had the faith that if I put my heart into my own business it would be successful. It began to grow each week and I separated myself from the competition because of the premium service I offer, along with making each client feel special regardless of the event. Read more>>

Nick Romero | Founder

The most difficult decision I had to make was closing my retail store in 2018 and transitioning into an online only and wholesale business working out of a warehouse across town. The store was, I’ve been told a Venice Beach staple, we were a part of the community and culture that drew so many bigger brands and companies to Venice. When we moved in, in 2010, Windward was a ghost town – the recession of that time wiped out most of the businesses on that street. We opened on the ground floor of the rebirth and had 8 years of amazing memories. The reason why the decision was so hard was because that store was my life – after Shark Tank, the MTV Show, KTLA morning news, and numerous other features – people knew us, and knew ME. It evolved into a really fun and cool lifestyle. Read more>>

Arriane Alexander | Business Coach & Video Expert

“It’s time for me to leave the company.” I was shaking as those words came out of my mouth. I had been with this amazing fashion company for over 12 years and had a great career in sales and marketing. I had plenty of money, insurance, the best co-workers…it was a glamorous job from the outside eye. But inside, my heart was hurting. I knew that even though this career was fabulous, it wasn’t what I was truly here to do. I was miserable every day. So I left. I jumped off the cliff with no safety net. Has the journey since then been puppies and rainbows? NO! It’s more like tumbleweeds, rainstorms, some sunshine, a deer in the road, more sunshine, then an earthquake… you get the picture! And I would take that leap of faith 1000 times again. Read more>>

Courtney Fretwell | Podcast Host

The most difficult decision I’ve had to make was to leave my full-time, secure, cushy government job. I thought my career and future was set when I landed my dream job working for the government. They offered a nice retirement package, easy hours, and all the perks we wish for in a career. Except, I wasn’t working towards my dream, I was working towards someone else’s dream. I started my podcast, Forensic Tales, in January 2020. I just finished my masters degree from Arizona State University and was comfortable in my government job. Starting a business and a podcast was my dream but the hours spent at my full-time job took time away from pursuing my passion. So, to fix that problem, in July 2020, I quit my job. I left the pension behind, the salary, and took a leap of faith. It wasn’t an easy decision. I knew what I would be risking and the things that I’d be giving up. Read more>>

Angie Brooks | Medicine Woman

One of the most challenging decisions I’ve had to make is stepping into my authenticity. I have a corporate background and I felt like there were areas that I really wanted to shine in, but couldn’t because of the structure I was in. Subconsciously I called in the Universe to pull the rug from underneath me when I was laid off, and I knew that it was time for me to show up, not for a company, but for myself. The challenges and joys that came as a result allowed me to step fully into my power. Read more>>