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?

Nissa Rhodes | Metalsmith

I used to get really overwhelmed by the space between where I was and where I wanted to be but now those thoughts are infrequent. It helps me to go back to my why – what’s the reason I love doing this? The answer is the way I’m able to share myself with the world. I get to adorn people and make them feel good about themselves. I play a role in creating a talisman to celebrate a phase, a person, or an important event in someone’s life. It’s such an honor! With any creative endeavor – whether it’s writing songs or acting or making art – you’re always just one piece or project away from something hitting. The key is to fully surrender to the process. You can’t expect to get ‘there’ or wait for ‘it’ – you have to just show up every day and do the work. It’s an exercise in living and enjoying life! I find the unplanned rewards to be the most exciting because it feels like the Universe is thanking me for being in my heart. Read more>>

Sonia Suvagau | Filmmaker & Actress

I’ve had more doors slammed in my face than I have received handouts. I’ve been rejected as an actress from countless auditions and turned down by so many festivals that I’ve memorized their standard rejection letter “ We had a record breaking amount of submissions this year…” so I know a thing or two about wanting to quit. When you create from your soul like I do rejection is personal. I always check in with myself on how I feel about what I’ve done and if I’m proud of my work. I remind myself that I have done my best with the resources I’ve had available and I have no control over what happens next. I’ve done my part – telling a story from concept to screen. I’ve learned seeking validation from others is a sure way to get dependent on it. No one gets to tell me what I can or cannot do anymore. If I want to make another film I will, and if I completely want to change direction then I can. Read more>>

Chris Pak | Leathersmith & Artist

Of course, each of our situation is different, which leads to different perspectives. So this is just my own perspective. And I would much rather use “Walk away” instead of “give up”. I believe “Being able to walk away without having any regret” is a special privilege given to only those few who gave his or her best. Sometimes, “Your Best” isn’t enough to achieve your dream for whatever reasons such as Bad timing, Pandemic, Strong opponents, lack of finance, and etc….., & it is okay. Because Life isn’t a 100 meter dash… rather it is a long journey, and as long as you’ve learned a few lessons during your 1st failed attempt, perhaps, you can work on it to capitalize on your 2nd attempt. However, before you decide to walk away… ask yourself a question. “Are you absolutely certain that you gave your best & can walk away with a smile?” Read more>>

Rainelle Saunders

Throughout my life, I understood that being a creative soul was my true purpose. It wasn’t always easy. I searched for several ways to fulfill that purpose, which often seemed to be in opposition to what people expected from me. That search led me to be good at many different careers, and I sometimes didn’t understand why I was willing to give them up to continue down a less secure path. However, I realized early on that I experienced my greatest joy when I was able to be my creative self. Whether I was writing, singing, dancing, acting, or performing in any expressive manner, experiencing life through that creative lens has made me feel very powerful. No matter what I do, I am happiest when my creative gifts make others feel something powerful, too. How can I give up on that? It has never crossed my mind. Triumphs are as life-altering as tragedies. They both can change you for the better if you let them. Read more>>