One of the most important lessons we learned is that our lives and our businesses will teach us along the way. We don’t need to know everything on day one because the challenges we face on day will likely be ones we are already equipped to handle. As we overcome challenges we get better and better and as the challenges increase in difficult so too does our ability to tackle them.

We asked members of the community that we admire to share important lessons their business or career has taught them and have shared some of those responses below.

Abby Borden | Event Producer

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my tenure so far has been that it’s all about relationships. You want to work with people that you look forward to seeing, and spending long hours with. You want to know that you can turn to them, or they can come to you, if they’re stuck, need an idea, or just to get out of your head! Even now, with social distancing – its important to have a relationship with my clients and vendors that they just want to pick up the phone – how are they doing, how can you support each other, what is needed? Read more>>

Brittany Wolf | Actress

The lesson that acting has taught me is super simple but sometimes hard to accomplish. And that is to just have fun. As an actor, walking into an audition room can be very nerve-racking. Especially when you’re auditioning in front of producers and directors. It’s true when they say, you will hear 50 no’s before you hear 1 yes. Sometimes those no’s can start to affect your future additions, but you have to remember that you are there for a reason! So instead of getting in your head, or preplanning what you are going to do, just remember to let go, play, and most of all have fun. Read more>>

Carson Lane Campman | Screenwriter & Film Student

Being a writer is being a professional at change. You will constantly be humbled, especially in a creative field. You have to learn to accept rejection and opinions that differ from your own, which can be very emotionally draining. Sometimes the most difficult part of the creative process is maintaining your own voice, style, and vision while taking others’ ideas into consideration. You may decide to take advice or pass on it, but listening is important. No matter what you do, you can not get comfortable with the amount of talent or the portfolio that you have — always try to expand, listen to critiques, and understand that improving yourself and your craft at any chance you get is the smartest thing you can do. Read more>>

Brian Fort | Artist

There has been so much to learn period. There are lessons learned about business and about myself. I have learned about the need to be consistent with my message and behavior, I have to stay focused on the end game. I also found that your ‘end game’ your big goal, your worthy ideal should be unattainable because once you reach your goals there is a tendency to get complacent and, like the crocodile after he eats you get lazy and vulnerable to the traps that are laid out in front you. Read more>>

Anna Beatriz | Singer-songwriter & Musician

Life is a box full of surprises and if I needed to choose only one word to conquer all the challenges we go through in different seasons, it would be FLEXIBILITY. This is all we need if we want to pursue a life worth living because every time we choose a path, there will be risks and how we deal with them will make the whole difference during our journey. I grew up in Brazil with my mom, brother and sister. I am the youngest. I’ve always loved the feeling of “family” and didn’t realize I was so attached to them emotionally that I became co-dependent. Read more>>

Selina Ringel | Creative Consulting

The process ends up being your life. The result is momentary and doesn’t last too long anyway so striving for a better process, for growth, for purpose is much more important than pinpointing the results. The results are often not what you wanted nor in the time frame you wanted but if you enjoy the process and are open minded about the result, you might even get something better than what you had hoped for. Read more>>

Bart Mastronardi | Photographer & Teacher

The most important lesson I have been learning is not only keeping up with the time but think ahead for the future. It is always a constant understanding that what is relevant today may not be tomorrow. I have to be aware of the new ways to market my photography business, understand equipment that comes out to further our business, be involved with branding, and associating myself with other artists. Photography has grown so much in the past few years due to how cameras have become such an intricate part of the world. Read more>>

Cynthia Nava | Illustrator

Being genuine and kind leads to better odds of networking in the field and attracts other kind artistic individuals. Building friendships and having a good spirit goes a long way. Leaving a good impression on people can open many doors in your career path. A friend once told me that people would rather work with an “okay” artist who is great to be around, than working with someone who is extraordinary in their craft but has a bad attitude. Read more>>

Dustin Yip | Artist & Creative Visionary

I think the main thing I learned about being a tattoo artist and shop owner and being in this industry is to embrace the support you receive. Whether it’s from family, friends, clients you’ve tattooed, or even people who have not gotten work by you but show nothing but love, those are things you can’t just ignore and brush off. Branching off of that support, I constantly remind myself to also show the same love back and to be a good person and to show that not all tattoo artists are intimidating and we too can hold genuine, intelligent conversations as well. Read more>>

Glenn Holdaway | Professional Trumpet Player

The most important lesson my music career has taught me is that talent and success have very little to do with one another. There are so many talented people out there who for one reason or another, never seem to make it in this industry. Here are 5 traits that I believe contribute far more to a musician’s “success” than talent does. 1. Networking abilities & social skills 2. Being extremely dependable and consistent (musically and temperamentally) 3. Always playing your “role” in the band and serving the song rather than serving yourself 4. Being willing to do favors for other musicians and play for free/discount when necessary 5. Don’t be afraid to take risks or approach musicians who seem “out of your league.” Read more>>

Sky Biedron | Marriage & Family Therapy

I am in my second year of graduate school at Antioch University where I’m studying to receive my Masters in Clinical Psychology. Once I train and receive my (insane amount of) hours, I hope to work with teens, women and couples struggling with self-esteem, relationships, sex, and all the other things that make life difficult sometimes. I think what I want to share most is just how proud I am to be a psychology student at this point in time; a time where I truly believe we are about to see some much needed and overdue change. Read more>>

Brianna & Brittney J |

I think the most important lesson we’ve learned since starting our business is to accept failures.. And to never be a afraid to fail. Nobody gets it right the first time and thats ok. Failures are life’s greatest learning sessions. Learning from our short comings has taught us to think quickly and to have a plan for a plan. We’ve made many mistakes in our career, but we’ve learned from them and kept pushing forward.. Read more>>

Ameera Perkins | Singer/Songwriter & Author

The most important lesson I’ve learned in my career is that discipline will get you anywhere and lack of it will get you no where. As an adolescent, I was a procrastinator. Turning in late work in highschool, waiting till the last minute to do work in college, but as I became an adult I realised that we are free to sculpt and create our realities. There is no one telling you what time you have to wake up, what time you have to eat, when and why you should workput. As a kid, I wanted so badly to be an adult because I was restricted by the discipline my parents instilled. Read more>>

Lauren Edwards | Baker & Bake Shop Owner

Courage. On so many different occasions I have been not just scared but TERRIFIED. whether it be taking on a new cake design or moving across the country to bake, I have built so much courage and overcame a lot of fears while building and maintaining CakeFace. Read more>>