We asked rising stars from the community one of our favorite questions: other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?

Nayana Reaves | Documentary Filmmaker & Health Coach

The single most important decision I’ve ever made was doing whatever I wanted to do exploring any option that speakers curiosity. The one thing about being an artist is that inspiration is actually always around you if you pick up and are able to translate it into your niche. With that being said, I’ve never been afraid of always expanding my knowledge in wide variety of areas that could help me spark creativity/passion in new ways. Read more>>

JoFan Chao | Chef & Food truck owner

I think the most important decision I made was getting my own studio/food truck parking space/optional dine-in place. This was very unusual at that time. Most catering business in Taiwan either choose to open restaurants or being street vendors. I chose to combine these two and created a third option, which I called “Mobile Dining”. After years of signing that lease, I think I was right. Nowadays this kind of business model is very popular among other new-coming food track owners. I also work with independent artist to create a unique visual style for my brand and my studio interior design, which makes our brand stands out from other trucks. Read more>>

Jo Bad | Professional Singer & Vocal Coach

I would say it was the decision to help others through music. Art is healing in more ways than one. And while I get the opportunity to make money with it, what drives me is my passion for truly helping others find their own unique voice and inner confidence to feel comfortable in their own skin. To be an artist is allowing oneself to be vulnerable. To share intimate parts of their story and in some cases their pain through their craft. And it is through this journey, one finds their confidence. Read more>>