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.

Angela Nichols | Producer

One of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make was to walk away from a secure job, making pretty good money, to pursue a fulfilled life. I was was working in Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau in the marketing department, which was a great experience. Something was missing and during my third year, I decided to leave not knowing what the future held. I was working in a stable, corporate job with benefits and a 401K. On the outside, everything looked good on paper but on the inside, it was time for me to move on not knowing what was in front of me. I will never regret this decision because it helped catapult me into my destiny of working in the entertainment industry, which was my childhood dream. Read more>>

Kimi Liope | Singer, Songwriter, Business Owner, and Motivator

I think the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do, and that still remains so hard for me to do, is to let the people that I love deeply fall, fail, and have their own experiences that don’t serve them. I always used to think that MY WAY was the BEST WAY. I’ve had to learn through experience that we all have our own personal journeys that cannot be healed or experienced by others, and that’s ok. Read more>>

Robert Frank | Audio Engineer – Minor Chord Studio

When it comes to my studio business, I think the most difficult decision I had to make is a common one with people wanting to start out. That is, cutting the ties of your safety net and just going for it. I didn’t want to get older wondering “what if”, life is too short to play a supporting role in someone else dream, as far as I’m concerned. It was a very scary decision, and with the ups and downs of being self employed it can still get scary, but, happiness is worth so much more as we age. Read more>>

Natalia Malova | Makeup Artist

The most difficult decision was move to LA from Moscow at the top of my career there. I was shooting cover and fashion stories around the world with the best photographers and models for high fashion magazines, working at fashion shows in Paris, having rich and famous clients and etc. and I’ve decided to move to my favorite city where I didn’t know anyone. That was tough and risky but I was excited before the opportunities which I could get here and I thought that I could get back to Moscow anytime if I couldn’t work here. Read more>>

Rodrigo Zanforlin | Writer, Photographer, and Film Director.

I had to put all my resources into my own projects. After years and years working in the advertising industry, and have a well-established career with great opportunities ahead I decided to give it a try for my dreams, and own projects. I that case I had to take a risk and put all my money and time in order to make it happen. I left Brazil with one dream in mind, and one bag, and that’s how everything started. I moved to LA, took my MFA, and invested all my money in my films, and creative projects. And I don’t regret one single decision, I wouldn’t change anything I experienced for any money or success. Read more>>

Tristan Rice | Singer/Platinum Songwriter

Being away from my children while I’m in LA following my dreams to make a better life for them. They’re my best friends so it’s very difficult even though I talk with them every day on FaceTime and go to see them every few months. Read more>>

Briana Champ | Personal Chef/Caterer & Baker

The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was leaving my 9-5! I had been working in an administration for over 10 years! I struggled with pursuing ministry and tapping into what God gave me vision wise, AND whether I wanted to choose ” FAITH” over consistent pay, benefits, & stability! I found, spiritually for over 2 years. However, I can honestly say, its turned into one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!. Read more>>

John Willenbring | Founding Partner, DRP Sec, LLC

The most difficult decision I have ever had to make was to continue building upon the success of WillenWorks, Inc. or join forces with a colleague to create what we are now. DRP Sec, LLC. DRP Sec, LLC (Disaster Recovery Plan & Security) is a local IT managed service provider, but unlike any other. “DRP” is constantly coming up with new and innovative products, Our most successful product that we recently launched is call the DRP Blackbird. DRP Blackbird is similar to a home or car alarm that warns you that someone is trying to break in. However, the Blackbird is a “silent” alarm for your computer network that let’s you know when someone is trying to hack your computers or servers. It has been very effective in stopping malware, ransomware, & hackers. Yes, merging WW into DRP was a hard decision, but it was the right decision and we are better for it. Read more>>