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?

Raul Gonzo | Director & Conceptual Photographer

The thing that has been the so important is finding a style that feels like me. When I see the final image (be it still or motion) it’s extremely rewarding. While I was starting out I denied myself much of an opportunity to do work that I really enjoyed. Realizing that that hamster wheel would go on forever and stepping out was the best thing I could’ve done. Read more>>

Clara Mokri | Photographer & Documentary Filmmaker

If it doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it. Read more>>

Sarah Karpeles | Lead Planner & Founder, unveiled

The single most important decision behind the success of my brand has actually been becoming a creator on TikTok. It has taken some time, but I have worked incredibly hard to build trust with engaged couples and I now am proud to say that I have a following on TikTok of about 12,500 followers (and counting!). My brand, unveiled, started from nothing. I got clients via word of mouth and through previous relationships in the events industry. But by posting free content and tips that help couples plan their own weddings, which is the flagship of my brand, I have created a name for myself in the industry. Read more>>

Alondra Liriano | Wellness & Design Digital Creator

Facing my fears and doing things I knew I had to do even though I didn’t feel like it. A lot of my success has stemmed from making myself uncomfortable. Even in college, I have a fear of public speaking and I’m glad my major requires a lot of presentations because it challenges me which makes me grow. Now I’m this person with yes, still a fear but I have gotten a lot better and as I push myself to consistently face it. Everything with time and grace. With my content creating, I had to get over what people would think of me because I would have let it hold me back. I would’ve stayed in my own bubble worrying and overthinking about what people thought of me. Read more>>