We asked folks we admire to share one piece of conventional advice that they disagree with.

Scott Holmes | Stop Motion Animator & Toy Collector

Don’t listen to old people. You don’t need to go to school or have professional training for anything. If you want to make something, make it. Ideas are free. Anyone can write a movie. You just have to stay consistent, which shouldn’t be hard if it’s your true passion, and stay true to yourself and your art. But mostly have fun and make something cool. Read more>>

Malachi Moore | Writer & Model

Whether its first intentions were constructive or suppressive, there’s this notion our culture has embraced of forcing a positive conviction as our most authentic selves; that any mental illness or negative feeling can be nullified by conveying only an optimistic point of view. The impulse to do so is uncanny and has made the conversation surrounding mental health all the more taboo, at least, from my experience growing up concurrently with social media as a Black individual. How we’ve been inclined to handle uncomfortable emotion is to disregard them completely. I believe it affects and is encouraged with men more than is let on, and as someone who has been on both ends of the scale, being unaware of ourselves only allows a certain level of genuineness and stalls progression for everyone involved. Read more>>

Yolanda Jamison | Sewing Instructor & Designer

The advice that comes to mind first is that hard work leads to success, or at least that certainly isn’t my story. I work harder now than I ever did at my corporate job and for considerably less money. Hard work has its place but you have to work hard on the right things. You have to learn your customer and what works for your company. I have to post things on social media that serve my customer, not myself. I take notice of what they respond to and provide more of that. It’s taken me some time but I’ve learned who my target audience is and I’m always asking how I can help them. I could sew and create product for hours and hours, and I have. But if I don’t have the right product for my customer it does no good. I’m actually still learning to work hard on the right things. Read more>>