To pivot or to persevere? Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up? This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another. How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Isabel brazon | Creator

For me has been a lot about simplifying. Choosing what really fulfills my life in every aspect. As mother, life has gotten busier and busier and I truly has to choose my battles with my professional life. The variant time/money has definitely been up there, as the time spent with my children is extremely valuable. However, I have always given great importance to how much happiness I get from my job and how that makes me a better person. The only way I would choose to give up is if I am spending too much time, giving too much of an effort and not seeing results either financially or for my own level of satisfaction. Read more>>

Kat Myers | Musician

I have definitely thought about giving up on music many times. But every time I get close, I feel like the universe throws me a sign encouraging me to keep going. For example, earlier this year I was feeling very discouraged with music and I didn’t know what to do next. I met up with an old friend with no intention of making music and we started making a record that day. That record has just been completed and I’m incredibly proud of it. So, I guess I’m going to keep going for now :). Read more>>

Paula Rhodes | Actor, Producer, Director & Founder

Keep going or give up?! It’s never really either, it’s always a question of evolution. You’ll always take everything you learned on to your next chapter, whether that’s in the same arena or another, whether you plot the course way in advance or are pushed into a new lane. We can level up in a million different directions, but each one brings the things we’ve learned from the last along for the ride. Life and creative careers are both surprising by nature. You’re you through it all. Adjust perspective accordingly. Read more>>

Sean Taylor | Musician & Music Writer

It’s very hard to tell whether you should keep going or to pack it in and give up, especially making art in the music industry or outside of it. The industry is usually a cold and unforgiving beast and without money it is very difficult and as a result I have asked myself this question many times. I usually ask myself this whenever a release falls flat or whenever I have some high profile article on the music blog I write and it gets little attention. Ultimately I always come to the same conclusion. That it’s good content, someone somewhere might see it someday and that I should just keep doing it for myself. Just keep plugging along releasing albums and album reviews and do my best to promote others when it’s warranted. So in conclusion I say just keep plugging along for yourself and if someone else likes what you do and takes notice and wants to vault you to a higher status than it’s in the cards and go from there. Read more>>

Kyle Everett Smith | Photographer

It’s been hard to stay motivated with everything that has been going on in the country and worldwide. Covid-19 has made our country and the world a very strange place. Top that off with all the civil unrest within the country as well. It’s a strongly pivotal moment in our history. These things are all so important to us as a people to carry on together, united. When the pandemic first hit stateside I didn’t want to do anything. I lost all my motivation for taking photographs. A lot of artists I know where in a similar boat. The pressure, whether it be from outside or within, to keep creating and keep being productive can wear a person out. I took a break from taking photographs and that’s ok. It’s ok to just stop and realize that there are larger issues going on than worrying about posting a photo to Instagram and seeking its approval from your peers. Read more>>