To persevere or to pivot is a question that do-ers have been asking themselves since the beginning of time. It’s never a straight road when you are doing something new, blazing a trail, breaking a ceiling, or pushing boundaries, so it’s only natural to wonder whether to give up midway. How do you know whether to keep going or to give up?

Brandon Root | Actor

I don’t think it’s a decision to be made emotionally, and I think it’s a constant conversation most every artist experiences. First I would probably reframe it in that “keep going” and “give up” are two wild opposite ends of a spectrum, that suggest a sort of all or nothing approach. Is there a grey area? Many of us artists tend to be extremely romantic people, it’s what drew us to our passions. But this extreme black or white view of our life choices can prove paralyzing and emotionally painful. Read more>>

Talisa Malhas | Head Casting Director, Talent Manager, & SFX Makeup Artist

Well, the way I see it, you have to first stop yourself and take a step back and ask yourself “Am I really doing what I really want in life? Is this what makes me breathe? Can I imagine myself doing anything else and being truly happy? Am I going to have to fight myself to just get out of bed tomorrow morning?” Sure life has its ups and downs with everything but when you’re truly passionate about something you have the love for it that will help you push passed whatever tries to keep you down. Read more>>

Holly Girlz | Music Group/Actresses/Entrepreneurs

Holly Girlz responses: 🔹Taia’s response: I’ve been fortunate to be raised in a family that stresses the importance of spiritual development and makes sure it’s at the forefront of our lives. This cultivation is regularly tested and strengthened through problem-solving life’s challenges, which includes figuring out how to move forward when you’re unsure of what lies ahead. For us, deep meditation and reflection are a saving grace in determining our next moves. Read more>>

Michael Raiti | Artist & Illustrator

If you find yourself asking if you should give something up it is undoubtedly important enough for you to warrant the moment of consideration. Ultimately only you know if what you’re doing is important to you as a person. The desire to give up in the face of any arduous journey is not unexpected, be it a personal goal like getting fit or trying to pursue a career. Wanting to quit is our brains reaction to pain, The pain of expectation The pain of self doubt Read more>>

Sam Small | Songwriter, Musician, and Poet

I never gave myself the option of giving up. The concept always felt akin to dying so I’ve avoided it at all costs. I’ve worked odd jobs and done all kinds of things but I never stopped thinking of myself as a musician first and foremost. Ultimately, it’s paid off. I think there’s a lot of luck that comes into that but as far as what I can control goes, I have given my craft an obsessive level of dedication that has come at the cost of personal relationships and basic life opportunities, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything nor could I imagine any alternate version my life. Read more>>

tianyun lyu | Animator/Illustrator/Dreamer

Some people may think that giving up is a very humiliating thing, so they always force themselves to do certain things. Me either. But as I grew up, I gradually realized that giving up was not a shameful thing. Sometimes you have to trust your body’s reaction. If you do something and you feel very painful, your body and your mind tell you that you don’t want to continue, and you feel that there is no way to persevere. Maybe this is your body is telling you that this thing is not for you and that you should not do it, or take some time off. Read more>>

Jiwoo Shin | Filmmaker, visual artist, writer

From a very young age, I felt like it was too late. I turned 24 in April this year. When I left California to Korea, because of the pandemic two years ago, I was 21; I’ve never truly ‘liked’ my birthday after the 21st one, because that meant that I was running out of time… to join the ‘27 club’ —so my death would mean something; I NEEDE it to mean something so I’d have a ‘purpose’ of ‘why’ I was born. I’ve been obsessing over my age ever since I can remember and whatever I did/do that was reckless (suicidal), it was ‘now or never’. What’s funny is that in Korea when someone is 25, people would often call you ‘half 50’. And when you’re half 50, you’re half 100. Which is absolutely true, but I find it… absolutely unnecessary. Read more>>