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.

Batista Gremaud | International Body Designer & Personal Trainer

Suppose you have ever tried home workouts, gym memberships, weight-loss diets, personal trainers, liposuction, or even laser body-sculpting. In that case, you know that trying to get in shape is: Uncomfortable Painful Disappointing And you probably already know that you just don’t seem to get the results you’re looking for! As a woman, you want to look good, but your body wants to feel good first. Most gyms and workout studios are just not designed with a woman’s comfort in mind. Because let’s face the truth, they’re generally designed and built by men. Performance (male energy / left brain) is what the fitness industry, in general, is all about. Personal trainers teach women to do more than they can comfortably do by going for the pain, potentially leading to injuries. Read more>>

Caitlin McCormack | Fiber Sculptor

Aside from the occasional gig teaching undergrad art students, I primarily make a living selling and exhibiting fine art. Oftentimes, when I describe what I do in conversations with people who are not involved in the arts, I’m faced with a lot of assumptions regarding how loosely structure and scheduling play a part in my day-to-day life. The truth is that I need to impose a great deal of structure on basically all aspects of my existence, in order to stay afloat. I don’t know too many artists who wake up at 1pm, drink wine on a picnic blanket in a park for hours, put one brush stroke on a canvas around 12:45 am, and call it a day, and yet that seems to be the general consensus in terms of how outsiders view an artist’s daily activities. Not only does this career requires tremendous dedication, time management, and a great deal of control, but you have to impose it all on yourself. Read more>>

Nilangana Banerjee | Commercial Photographer & Conceptual Artist

I often hear a lot of outsiders and non-industry people asking me, if formal training in the field of photography is a requirement to pursue this field commercially, since unfortunately creative fields are still considered to be hobbies turned into a profession. Additionally, with the rise in the easily available high-end cameras and online resources, outsiders don’t usually realize the need and the requirement to gain in-depth formal training gained under specialized degrees, that train you in the art as well as the science and the technicalities underlying photography, that is very essential to pursue photography professionally in the commercial industry. Read more>>