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.

Katharine Hargreaves | Culture Alchemist & Transformational Facilitator

To me, success is operating in alignment with my values and living accordingly. Read more>>

Amanda Sayeg | Producer & Director

Success has different meanings for everyone, but I think no matter who you are or what you do, it means living a life that excites you despite the adversities. It’s being proud of the life you have, fulfilled by the work you do. It’s living for a purpose, with meaning. Read more>>

Kirby Israelson | Creative Professional

Kirby Israelson/Just Kirby The first time I saw the movie Whiplash it blew me away. The heart-wrenching finale brought tears to the audience’s eyes as they mourned the tragic figure who futilely pursued the dream of becoming a musician under the fists of an abusive tyrant; but as the last notes of his drum solo echoed in my ears, only one thought was going through my head: of course he would ruin his life to be the best. So would I. You see, success and I have always had a tumultuous relationship. Read more>>

Cholly Cunningham | Visual Artist

My definition of success would most definitely encompass purpose, significance and meaning. With anything that we choose to do, in quest of being successful, I feel those three things are vital. In my experience I’ve obtained, observed, and felt the most holistic success and fulfillment in my life and craft, by walking in my purpose, performing significant tasks and strategically highlighting the meaning of my perspective and how I chose to share it with the world. Read more>>

Christine Weatherup | Actor & Filmmaker

Ultimately, for me, success is the pursuit of a creative life. In my case, that means making a living as an actor and filmmaker. It’s a privilege and one that I’m keenly aware of. It’s not without sacrifice, either. I chose a career that isn’t predictable. But when I am creative and get to collaborate with others on a project, that’s when I feel most fulfilled. I recently wrapped my first feature film as writer, director, and actor. It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (metaphorically, and sometimes literally!), but it was one of my most fulfilling achievements. Read more>>

Hefna 380 | Rapper

Success if defined in my view as self accomplishment, you will know you are successful, when all of the goals you have set aside to defeat and accomplish final become defeated and there is nothing more for you to achieve you have reached success! Read more>>

Dolce Guevara | Tattoo Artist

Success to me is: setting goals, working towards achieving them and then feeling fulfilled about having achieved them. I think the feeling has to be there otherwise you’re just getting tasks done. There is no universal definition across cultures of what success really is, I also think that’s something which has to be defined individually by one’s own self, what success can mean to you can mean something totally different to someone else, or just the opposite. Success is a long, lasting, deep breath that fills both your lungs and heart. Read more>>

Coxy Chiara Rodoni | Film Director & Screenwriter

I think success is a journey, not a destination. My dream has always been to make films. I know it ever since the first time my dad took me to the Universal Studios. I remember telling him “Dad, one day I’ll live and work here”. When I got back to Italy after that summer, I started pretending that I could speak English perfectly. I’d roll my R’s and makeup words that didn’t exist. I think mom foresaw my American dream and how bad I wanted it, so she bought me videotapes of films and cartoons in English with English subtitles. I watched them over and over and over again until I could perfectly understand and repeat every word. Read more>>

Lill Martinez | Printmaker & Illustrator

First, we need to understand that success might mean something different to each of us, and that is ok. Everyone is on a different journey and at different stages, so what I consider success is probably different for you. In order to get to this point we need to forget the standards that we’ve been fed for so long like fame, money, and for some having a family. To me, success is being able to make my own art, have time to dedicate to grow creatively and being able to have a voice. Read more>>

Dellamarie Parrilli | Visual Artist Painter, Jewelry and Leather Design & Screenwriter

Success is an abstract notion. a relative term. success means something different to everyone. so, we must first ignore how other people define success and define success for ourselves. i define success as doing what you love! follow your dream. i have always said, find the work that is play and then play your hardest. If you really love what you do, you’re never working. Read more>>