TV, Movies, and culture in general sometimes paints a narrow, specific image of what success is, but we know from our conversations with some of the best and brightest that success can mean vastly different things to different people.

Carey Clayton | Artist & Music Producer

For me, success exists on two very different levels; an outward, quantitate one, and an inward, qualitative one. For me, by far the more important and sustainable is the inward, personal success. This is the feeling and fulfillment I get from the work I do. It’s the chasing after the inspiration of something that moves me, regardless of how it fits into a presentable, commercial end product. It’s the flow state I’m in when I making my best music. Read more>>

Camille Smura | Director & Producer

The concept of “success” is a funny thing because it really separates into two avenues: the accomplishment and the outcome. The accomplishment is the easy part: “finish writing a book”, “make a short film”, “get a new job”. The daily ins and outs we as humans universally endure. The second part- the outcome- is a bit more difficult to capture. Read more>>

Kyla Creal | College Graduate & Creative Artist

I love this question because I get to reflect on how I used to think about success, and how I think about it now. If you were to ask me pretty much up until the pandemic, I would have told you that success is all those working 9-5s, everyone who graduated college, and everything academic and straightforward. The pandemic helped me open my eyes to the various amount of ways a person can be success. Now I look at success in terms of what I (or anyone) did to get where we are now. Read more>>

Radio Free Clear Light | Experimental Creators

It is very simple. Success is creating with total commitment. It is leaving aside all fears, thoughts, and judgements- and being in the moment, letting the process flow without conditions. Success is making space for the unexpected. Success is doing something creative everyday- whether that takes the shape of artwork or how we walk down the street. Sucess is remembering the absolute beauty and preciousness of each moment. If we can remember that even once a day- that’s success. Read more>>

shehera mocellin | Wellness Coach, Healer and Yoga Instructor

Prior to starting my own business in the health and wellness field, I was a very successful fashion executive and had worked my way up to becoming VP of Sales of a well-known denim brand. At the time, success meant that I was making a quarter million dollars a year and had moved up the ladder of success from being an account executive to becoming VP of Sales. I lived a glamorous life, traveled, and wore the latest designer bags and shoes. I should’ve been happy but somehow, I was not. Read more>>

Sean Kirk | Fashion stylist & Image Consultant

I define success as being able to live the life you want to live and being able to do it on your own terms. That was a major deciding factor for me going independent with my agency. Read more>>

Alexis Renee | Recording Artist / Songwriter

Success has nothing to do with anything outside of you and the goals that you have set for yourself. A lot times we look to society to tell us what success is and I think that is why there are so many that are unhappy. There are people who spend their lives working to fit the mold of what others want them to be and wonder why they are unfulfilled. We all go through things that make us second guess our capabilities (especially with the internet) but making YOURSELF proud of doing your best is all that you need. Read more>>