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

Lanett Tachel | Multi-Hyphenate, Actress, Writer & Producer

“Make sure you have a Plan B.” While the advice is well intended, one of the first things I learned by observing others, is that those who had a plan B, typically ended up falling back on that plan. One rule I’ve learned in acting that I have also applied to my life is “ONLY HAVE A PLAN A” (Your objective). With that in mind, you should develop, adapt, and work through as many tactics as necessary to accomplish that objective. Since Elementary School, I’ve known that my objective was to act in TV and FILM. It took me years of training in theater, performing spoken word, moving across the country, assisting with casting, developing content, relentlessly auditioning, and writing and producing my own work for me to finally see the fruits of my labor. In essence, by focusing all my energy on the end goal, I didn’t leave room for a plan B. Read more>>

Joy Tsai | Creative Director & Designer

“Work hard and you will succeed.” While hard work is certainly important, more often than I like, I find myself with not enough hours in the day. Sound familiar, anyone? I’ve learned that the emphasis needs to be shifted from working harder, to working smarter. This means establishing a routine, utilizing productivity tools (my personal favorite is Trello) and setting workday priorities. Working smarter has been pivotal for increasing my productivity and creativity, and is my top priority as I scale my business. Read more>>

Katie McGhie | Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter & Actress

Fake it ’til you make it has got to be the absolute worst piece of advice that’s ever existed. I’ve tried it and failed miserably. Why? Because you can’t get anywhere without authenticity. I found myself lost in a storm of things I was trying to be. I was pursuing a career in music in a genre that wasn’t something I was passionate about. I wore clothes that made me feel weird. No one could connect with me because I wasn’t connecting with myself. The fastest way to where you want to go is by being your truest self. While it’s cliche, there literally is no one like you on this planet. When it comes to art, or anything for that matter, you are the only one who can do it the way you would do it. And that’s the absolute most beautiful thing about being a creative. Being you. Fully. Read more>>>

Jennifer Baker-Johnson | Owner

That failing is a bad thing. There is no such thing as someone be successful without being able to say that they failed at something along the way. My dad has always said to me if I tried something new and it didn’t work out, well then that was just an expensive class. Pick yourself up and move on. Read more>>

Angela Groom | Aka DAG, Painter and Freelance Writer

People tell you that if you work hard, eventually you will succeed. I think that’s really a matter of perspective and based on your own measurement of success. You can work as hard as you want but if you don’t have a community of people around you helping you grow and build, there’s a really good chance the kind of success you want won’t happen. You can work really hard but the difference between a bedroom/garage artist and an artist selling out stadiums and showing in galleries is the network of people around you. And ultimately it’s about your own passion and obsession for your craft. Read more>>