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?

tyler coolidge | Recording Artist, Writer & Producer

Some cliché’s might rear their heads in this answer, but for me, a lot of this boils down to “WHY THE HELL NOT?” We only get one life (that we know of) and I’ve seen and known too many people that have (maturely) decided to go into work fields that will pay the bills as opposed to fields of work that they have genuine passion and love for. Even if it takes me 20-30+ years of grinding for little to know return, I’d personally rather struggle until I “make it” in the field that I have love for and less complicatedly a field that I simply want to be in for that long than to live a life that doesn’t align with my spirit. Read more>>

Chanel Williams | Health & Dance Enthusiast

Knowing when to keep going or giving up comes with experience. I seem to be motivated behind the idea of me never being able to eat fruit again. Me never being able to go to the gym or teach dance class during my free time. I would say imagine your life without doing something you really love and how many people you have positively impacted. Most people give up too soon. When something becomes uncomfortable thats just the start. Expect it to be hard and remember you are in control. Read more>>

Anton Zhou | Painter, Bodybuilder & Multi-disciplinary Artist

We talk a lot about persistence in the creative field. I’ve learned over the years that it’s ok, maybe better, to let go of certain elements if they aren’t contributing to your growth. I’ve grappled with this a lot as an artist who knows I may spend years perfecting my craft, but then realize I want to take it a different direction. The important distinction here is to not give up on yourself and what paints your broader vision. Artists will always be faced with obstacles that hinder them from experimenting, so it’s up to us how we traverse the nuances of a creative journey. Read more>>

Kenzie K. Goff | Storyboard Artist & Comic Creator

I love this question because I don’t believe that “giving up” has to look like how it’s typically seen. I graduated from art school as a specialist in storyboard for animation in the Bay area in May of 2020 – right in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dream internships I had lined up for the summer of 2020 dried up and my plans of moving across the country for my internship disappeared to quarantine. Instead of rocking the LA life I had planned, I was stuck in my teenage bedroom at my mother’s house of suburban northern California. In that time, Read more>>

ZBG | YouTuber

For me personally, recently I’ve been seeing growth on my channel and a ton of people showing love whether it be through messages or even in public, things like that really push me to keep going Read more>>