Do you have a favorite dialogue, lyric, quote or affirmation? Please share with us below.

Kyle Rodriguez | Composer & Record Producer

Absolutely: “Be Light” Right before the pandemic, I was lucky enough to sit in on a lecture with one of my musical heroes. The theme of the talk was supposed to be about composition, but we veered off course and started talking about finding long term success and building a Career (with a capital “C”). His take on success was this: There isn’t a single successful person who got to where they are alone. It might look that way from the outside, but really everyone was lifted up by someone else. Read more>>

Michael Galante | Actor

Nelson Mandela once said, “I never lose. I either win or learn.” I absolutely love the principal behind this quote. It’s a champion mindset. It’s the idea that there is no failure, there is only growth. And if you have continued growth throughout your life/career, you will always be on the right path towards achieving your goals. For myself, and I think I can speak for a majority of artists, a performing arts career can be a difficult endeavor full of obstacles, rejection, and uncertainty. The ONLY thing that has carried me through the “hard” times is my love for the craft of acting, and my desire to grow as an artist on the daily. Read more>>

Boris Boundjia | Entrepreneur

“Success is a result of prioritizing your desire.” For me, being successful is about focus. It’s about having a definite purpose and putting that purpose before all other things. You have to be obsessed with being successful. Anyone can be successful; many people want to be successful but they are not committed to it. To me you have to chase the success everyday when you wake up, when you go to sleep, and many times through out the day. It has to always be on your mind. Success to me is limitless. When you are obsessed with being successful things some people view as “sacrifices” don’t even seem optional but rather just necessary actions I have to take in order to achieve what I want. Read more>>

Mike Bow | Actor

“Optimism is a muscle that gets stronger with use.” This is hard to see because it’s you can’t flex it like bulging abs or veiny biceps. But the muscle is there. And the good news is the more you use it, the more good things happen. It’s the ultimate world building muscle! It’s the “Yes, and” muscle in improvisation. By using it you are telling the world, “I see the situation and I recognize what I can control and I will CHOOSE to make the best of it!” Read more>>

Prinston Nnanna | Visual Artist/ Storyteller

”In the world of doubt, who will”, which simply means in a community that lack confidence, a community that has forgotten their history, individuals that are concerned about not being as good as the last person; who will take the initiative to be the change that is needed. Read more>>

Amy Chang | Storyboard Artist

My favorite quote is that “story is king,” which I learned during my time at Ringling, and it can be applied to everything. I think that many people within the industry are familiar with this quote, and I think that it is very important to keep in mind for every part of the pipeline. Whether it be a design for an environment to finding the right composition for a storyboard all the way to the final render; if the visuals do not support the story to give the audience a better idea of the characters that inhabit the screen and how they progress the narrative, it is all for naught. Read more>>

Ben Roque | Musician & Writer

Several come to mind, but one that’s resonated since I was very young is “But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” We’ve all heard the tune. My creativity comes from a profound sense of restlessness. I live in a constant state of feeling like there is someplace I have to be, but can never get to. I think there’s something about being in transition that lends itself to creativity. Writing should be done in cars, motels, bars, boxing rings, boats, on mountains, pool tables, ferris wheels, hot air balloons, anywhere that feels like you’ll end up someplace you weren’t at the start. Especially one you didn’t see coming. Like the poet Wallace Stevens said “Throw away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.” Always liked that line too. Read more>>