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.

Adam Michael Rose | Dialect Coach

I think very often we attribute success to a final product, or an end result. I’m thinking of either a promotion, or an achievement award. And while promotions and awards are undoubtedly positive reinforcements of our actions, I don’t think they’re the ONLY ways to measure success. When I first moved to California, I went on a lot of road trips up and down the state. One of these road trips was with a visiting friend, and we were on a mission to end our day at the beach with enough time to take in a picture-perfect sunset over the Pacific ocean. Well, our timing was off (traffic), and by the time we made it to the beach, the sun had already set. But now looking back and remembering everything else that happened between us that day (singing songs from our favorite musicals, getting lost once or twice, ​our uncontrollable fits of laughter…), it doesn’t feel right to call this particular road trip unsuccessful. Read more>>

Jerry Spears | Writer, Director & an Editor

That’s easy. Having as much fun as you can, while helping others have as much fun as you’re having, and not dying while doing it. That’s it… Kind of… Like a lot of twenty-somethings with too much information, not enough wisdom, and the aching desire to be ‘someone important’ I spent my twenties defining success as somewhere in the future where I was doing three specific things. I’m a writer, director, and an editor. All of my ‘success’ was defined around that. I would worry away beautiful Michigan days trying to figure out how I could make that version of success my reality. It was the most important thing to me. After all, that’s the only way you can make it. Your dream and your career need to take precedent. My thought process: I’m a writer, director, and an editor. Every. Single. Experience. Should. Be. Meticulously. Mentally. Logged. For. Scripting. Later. Don’t worry about living in the moment. I’m a writer, director, and an editor. If all of my friends are in my field then all of my friends can help me get my movie made. Read more>>

Lórien Eck | Artist & Art Educator

I define success as being satisfied in the moment, When I am creating one of my artworks, success for me is completing a painting or hand-dyed textile (or whatever the object is). The creative process in and of itself is very satisfying as a practice of being full present to what inspiration is coming through and manifesting that feeling in the physical. That is success to me. Completing a single artwork, a series, an idea, etc- whatever it is, there is a lot of power in the act of completion and this is success to me. Another layer of success, is the impact that my artwork has on others in creating what I understand as a “transition in consciousness”. That is where the magic and healing happens; my artwork carries that intention and when it lands with a client- and the feedback is shared with me about the positive and transformational impact my artwork has made – success. Overall, my definition of “success” has evolved over the course of my life and will continue to evolve. Read more>>