A big part of making decisions is determining what our actions and choices have been inspired by. So we asked decision makers from the community to tell us about what they are inspired by.

Angel Yang | Creative Entrepreneur, Instructor & Art Therapist

I’m inspired by my curiosity. I think it’s the single most important thing in my creative process. My curiosity fuels me to learn about other artists, entrepreneurs, and mentors in my life. It encourages me to think deeper about everything I see and experience. This spirals me to research whatever catches my attention and everything I learn from that point on contributes to further exploration. I believe that everything I am exposed to enhances my inspiration and propels me to pursue bigger things. Read more>>

Amina Materukhina | Stunt Performer, Martial Arts Coach & Personal Trainer

I am very inspired by the opportunity to practice, study, and teach Wushu to my students. Wushu is not just a physical activity that benefits your body. The essence of Wushu is to bring your skills to perfection. I have been practicing Wushu since I was 4 years old, I’ve won World Championships and I still have something to strive for. It inspires me when, after Wushu classes, I see in my students the desire for an ideal result. This is manifested through their immersion in the process, the purity of the execution of forms, and in how they overcome their failures. And I am happy in these moments. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to share my knowledge and skills. I have one student who recently challenged me to master a new Wushu form, forcing me to become a better coach. My students help me to get better and I am very grateful for the people I work with. Read more>>

Cassie Shao | Animation Artist

I am primarily inspired by my dreams. I dream of various strange, surreal scenarios and I make animations based on them. I often tell the reality through dream imageries and choose to explore and reflect contradictions upon the dream realm. I started trying to find the origin of some sort when I looked upon dreams. When I look at dreams I was looking at the supposedly subconscious to try to figure out where things come from in the consciousness. I later realised by finding and realising a certain pattern in my dreams, I am consciously making the pattern even more so. As one creates from their dreams, I believe it is a process of an image changing formed slightly every time it was remembered, each time some details were lost and some were gained, until the image eventually became how it is presented in the film. Read more>>