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.

Gavin Michaels | Actor and Musician

I think a lot of people assume that talent is something you’re born with. It’s easy to look at an actor or musician and think “Wow they’re so talented, I could never do that.” People don’t realize 99.9% percent of us (with the exception of Mozart-like child prodigies) sucked at one point. I know I did. I have videos of me playing guitar at 15 and I can barely play a power chord. But I think if you love something enough, you’ll put in the work and grow. Read more>>

Sierra Upshaw | Storyteller & Taste Maker

The entertainment industry does not prioritize artistry. Money is the focus. Those with a “marketable look” are sought after over those with genuine talent. Overused themes/storylines are repeated because the powers that be believe if it worked before it’ll be profitable again. Read more>>

Roman Molino Dunn | Film Composer

One of the greatest things about being a film composer is that people are very interested in the process. A common misunderstanding about the craft is regarding its collaborative nature. Often, people think that I am just writing the music that I want to or that I decide is needed for a scene – and of course, I do like to bring my own creative and musical voice to things. Read more>>