Often we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to learn something new – we can just ask experts in the field who can draw on their experience to enlighten us. Below, we’ve shared insights insiders from various industries have shared with us.

Yukimasa Kondoh | Actor, Producer, Songwriter, & Creative Director

People assume that actors, dancers, singers, artists in general, have chosen the easier route in life. However in reality we chose the hardest path. They are unaware that we have to work twice as hard. And even then we don’t have a guarantee we will make it. I’m not saying becoming a lawyer or doctor is easy, it is definitely not. But there is a path they can follow to achieve greatness. In this industry there is no path. There are no set guidelines we can follow to be successful. We need to be able to navigate through the thousands of others who want recognition. One misconception I would like to clear up is that we are not lazy. I don’t want to work a 9-5 achieving someone else’s dream but so will work 60 hours to achieve mine. Read more>>

Bryana Ryan | Lead Generation & Marketing Expert

Traditional websites are dead. Aka, if you’re not utilizing your website as a lead generation engine, you’re missing out on massive revenue opportunities, especially if you have consistent traffic to your site from in-person/virtual events, google, TikTok, Instagram and more. There’s an underground playbook for growing your company and generating an endless amount of leads online – it’s a 4 step framework my team and I have used to scale (3) different offers to $1 million. I go into detail about how you can make this framework work for you here: https://bit.ly/3pRgSuv Read more>>

Angela Parrish | Songwriter, Composer, Record Producer, Artist

A lot of people are under the impression that being a musician isn’t a “real job.” People always ask me some form of the question “how do you pay the bills,” “what’s your day job,” etc. I used to feel a lot of frustration with the people asking me that question, but now I usually get bummed out at the messages society ingrains in us about artists. Being a full-time performing musician, music producer, and songwriter is definitely a real job. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work, practice, and skill. It can be lucrative! Just because it’s rewarding and fun doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. I am very lucky to have a supportive family. Many families don’t support their loved ones emotionally when they go into the arts, which can lead to unnecessary heartbreak. I wish people had more respect for art as a profession, and I love having conversations with people in hopes to change their ideas about artistic careers. Read more>>

Latisha Collins | Founder of Kick It Live! Productions

The one thing about my industry that outsiders are probably unaware of is the amount of time that a project takes to complete. As a small business owner I coordinate everything from pre production to post production. The responsibility to ensure that everything runs smoothly from beginning to end can be very time consuming and overwhelming, especially for a new business. Essentially, I am the Owner as well as the Executive Assistant and sometimes I have to be the wardrobe coordinator and make up artist as well. Read more>>

Michelle Park | Actress & Producer

I want others to know that actors who choose this career path for them aren’t doing it for all the fame and the glam that you think comes with being an actor. When I chose a career in acting, it sometimes felt like people would judge me for either doing something “just to be famous.” I want everyone to know that there’s a lot on the line with a big career change like this, and it’s not something us actors take lightly. We understand the risk, we know it’s not easy, we know that money isn’t always abundant in our bank accounts haha. Read more>>

Dean West | Actor, Acting coach/human coach

I am actor, but I started teaching acting about 15 years ago. What I learned, and that keeps me most interested in teaching actors is that I am really helping people get to know themselves more. Acting is really an in depth class on self exploration! I love helping people find all of the “negative” parts of themselves that they put in the closet, most likely because other people told them they didn’t like that part of them. Screw that! Every part of you is a part of you, make friends with your demons, grab a drink together, and see what makes them tick. You may find that you are a bigger and better person when you are whole instead of shutting off pieces of your soul. Read more>>

Randy Villalta | CEO Kraken Productions & Entrepreneur

The amount of work and organization a person needs to create a very successful event. Not to mention a decent amount of finances to be able to afford certain things for the event. -There’s always an overhead. when it comes to curating an event, we need to begin planning and promoting months in advanced. Read more>>

Jan Hogrewe | Founder, Just Jan’s

The pace and time it takes to get from the developed product to seeing it on store shelves. I came from the film industry and the pace is lightning fast vs. what feels like a snail’s pace in the food industry. When I had my recipes finished I learned how it’s produced on a larger scale and how that process takes tweaking to get it just right. Finding the right co-packer to make your product just like you make it involves, many conversations, shipping samples, sourcing ingredients and deciding on packaging. Once you have all those pieces in place finding the stores and buyers to sample and share and decide can take many months! In some cases, you could be looking at over a year to actually see your finished product on a store shelf. All that said – I cannot imagine doing anything else. I’m in this for the long haul. The food community is fantastic! Read more>>

Ella Gaona | Planner + Coordinator + Stylist for Events

I feel that one thing outsiders are probably unaware of is the amount of time that goes into planning an event, but also all the little details that make it special and unique. Read more>>

Jaclyn Francis | Founder of Sesh

The awareness about our personal energy – how it works, what it does, and why we should be taking care of it the same way we do our physical and mental. Read more>>

Dashay Jocelyn | Creator, producer, and lead actress of the web series “Unstable”

Creating and producing a web series is such a of roller coaster ride of emotions, financial confusion, but yet is so filling of the soul. I had a conversation with a cousin of mine where he mentioned he bought a new camera and now he and his friend could shoot my whole web series. While I greatly appreciated the offer, it was in that moment that I realized most people have no clue the amount of man power behind what was done. Read more>>

Daniel Vaillancourt | Freelance Writer

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’ve been bringing words and people together for more than 30 years. I’ve been a writer at heart since high school, when a poem I wrote was published in my graduation yearbook. I started making my living as a freelance journalist in my 30s, and that’s something I continue to do. My favorite gig is to write Oscar- and Emmy-related content for the Los Angeles Times’ awards supplement, “The Envelope.” I also have a variety of other magazines and corporate clients I work for. Read more>>

Stephanie Lager | Co-founder & CEO of Mango Creative Co

Many people think of good marketing and advertising as objective and scientific, and they aren’t wrong. While there are many strategies that are more tactical in approach––there’s one thing that makes all marketing successful: good creative. Whether you spend $4k a month on ads or $400,000 on a TV commercial, focus your energy on email marketing or organic growth, your immediate goal is always the same––get people interested enough to stop, read, click, learn, and/or buy. We tend to overcomplicate things in life (don’t I know it), but successful marketing really comes down to connection––how are you connecting to your current customer or new customer? How are you grabbing people’s attention, providing value, and selling a vision of something greater––something they can’t help but be a part of? Read more>>

Phoenixx Smith | Professional Songwriter -Indie Artist – Host and media personality

The Industry can be very intimidating, showcasing your art in any form can be nerve wrecking but honesty the biggest thing to maintain is self belief. Most people won’t support until it’s popular. You gotta know you’re dope regardless. Read more>>