If not giving up was always the right answer life would be so easy. History shows us that sometimes quitters prosper and sometimes they miss out. Knowing when to quit and when to keep going is one of the most difficult questions and so we asked folks we admire to tell us how they think through this question.

Tony Craddock, Jr. | Saxophonist & Recording Artist

I don’t believe in “giving up,” but rather, “pivoting.” My first step is to look inward and be honest about how I feel regarding whatever is in question. Do I really want to press onward? Or do I feel pressure to continue because of external expectations and/or or internal guilt? For instance, since the age of eight, I had planned on becoming a broadcast meteorologist. I fell in love with the field through watching The Weather Channel, and ironically, the smooth jazz in their local forecast segments inspired me to pick up the saxophone at age 11. Read more>>

Andrea Magolske | Jewelry Artist

comes down to whether you believe in what you are doing or not. What is the value to you? Is it adding to your life in a meaningful way? It can be very discouraging to create and not have a positive response to your work or know that there is a future place for your work to live. Read more>>

Joe Chacon | Actor/Writer/Director/Producer

Being an actor or choosing a career in the entertainment industry is the hardest of all. You deal with constant rejection and being told NO on a regular basis. Audition after auditions for over a decade with few bookings can tear you apart psychologically and emotionally. Everyday is a struggle to decide to throw in the towel or pound the pavement. Every time I feel like I have no traction and giving up I sit down and recollect my thoughts on what makes me the happiest and fulfilled, The sole purpose to be on this planet. Read more>>

Remonde Levy | Fitness Instructor, Professional Male Model, Actor, & Educator

I would say, knowing how to either keep going or to give up, is strictly based on how well you know yourself. Understanding your assignment in life. I personally feel that we are all placed on this earth to exercise our gifts and talents that was giving to us all by god and whoever it is you believe in. I know for me, giving up isn’t an option for me. The reason why it’s not an option, is based on what and who I am doing it for, who is around me, and what my why is. My why, is the biggest influence on rather I keep going or give up. For those that may read this, I pray you find what your “why” is and execute on what makes you who you are as person. Read more>>

Immanuel Baldwin | Art Director & Visual Storyteller

It’s that inner voice, that feeling when you write or the thud of your heart when you walk on a set. I think as long as you keep having those feelings when you touch something you’re passionate about those are the signs and direction to keep going. Life will always interject itself wherever it can its important to have that feeling towards something that will center you, something that will push you for your family and the life you want to create for them as well. Read more>>

Smith Glover | Television Producer

That’s a very subjective question. If your goal is to be the next Spielberg or Jenkins or McQueen, and it’s Walk of Fame and Oscar or bust, then I think you’ll know pretty early on if you should keep going or not. But the entertainment world is a big one, and I think the answer to this question comes down to expectations. Read more>>

Alexander Vargas | Screenwriter

I’ve never thought of giving up. Hear me out. I was five years old when the lights clicked back on during the credits of Jurassic Park, and my papi told me with popcorn kernels still in his teeth that none of the fantastic things I’d just seen were real. He explained it was just a story that someone had imagined. It should’ve been as tragic as finding out that Santa Claus isn’t real, but I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard. Within weeks of graduating college, I moved to Los Angeles from Miami and bet the farm on screenwriting. Read more>>

Maria Diaz | Makeup Artist

For me, is more important the path than the goal. During the path you can learn from people and experiences, you can achieve smaller goals, you can practice a lot and of course you can fail too. As an artist you may have to pass through some hard moments like creative blocks or even moments when you just need a mental break. In some of this points you would probably think about giving up but is important to know why are you there, what is your goal and what motivates you to keep going. Read more>>

Faye Sirohi | Actress & Writer

Giving up on my dreams has never been an option for me. I have certainly thought about it many times and, on occasion, I still do. But then I remember a quote a wise woman named Penny Chenery once said: “You’ll never know how far you can run, unless you run.” If I give up today, I’ll never know what might have happened tomorrow. At the same time, it’s important for me to stop sometimes and to ask myself: does this meet my “why”? What are my intentions in what I’m doing and are they in line with who and where I want to be? If not, I need to change something. The plan is subject to change, but the goal isn’t. Read more>>

Allie Dunn | Artist/Songwriter

Whenever I get really down and nothing seems to be going my way career wise, I sit and think about “plan B’s” and try to envision myself vividly pursuing them. Every time I simply cannot imagine it or I get a wrenching feeling in my heart thinking of it. That reminds me that I am doing the right thing and I was meant to be pursuing my current career (music). That keeps me going! Read more>>