One of our favorite things to do is to ask the folks we are inspired by what they are inspired by. We’ve shared some of their responses below.

Immanuel Houston | Music Artist & Actor

I’m inspired by human history and stories. I get super hype to know where things started or came from, because those events are usually why something else exists in the first place. The last thing that inspired me heavily was the story of Peter Pan and how the author actually came to the idea of Peter Pan. Those two stories alone inspired an entire project for me called Young Black Peter Pan, that I’m currently working on. Read more>>

Jayden O’Neal | Film Director

Honestly, I am inspired by art. I look at art for inspiration, for the beautiful image on a canvas, and its backstory. I often reflect on why it was created and what it represents. There’s a beauty in the story of how art comes to be. When I look at art I see all of the emotion and history that it encompasses and that serves as my biggest inspiration for telling stories and pursuing a career as a filmmaker. Read more>>

AARON CRUZ | Guitarist/Composer & Songwriter/Video Editor

As a composer and guitarist, I seek inspiration in a variety of ways, but I feel as though maintaining a solid practice schedule helps to create a well to draw inspiration from. I also seek it in random places that are not quite so formulaic. This can be a bit of a challenge to balance for me. Ten years ago I was of the mindset that I could only create when I felt inspired, and what I produced was often good, but seldom consistent. Read more>>

Joe Marcy | Business Development Executive, Non-Profit President, Commission Chairman, International Board of Trustees

Inspiration and motivation are fundamental. I work with diverse, talented teams that remind me of that daily. I’m inspired by our culture. We’re collaborative, optimistic, and eager to change the world. Read more>>

Shana Jones | Community Leader

I am inspired by all woman who have paved the way for me. I am inspired by people who have given themselves a second chance. I am inspired by young people who have a dream and accomplish them. I am inspired by my community who always stand strong when the world tried to give them lemons. Read more>>

Juan Pliego-Gijon | Financial Banker & SHORT-TERM RESIDENTIAL THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM MANAGER

The world is full of things to be inspired by, But for me it has always been the people around me. I have always been very particular on who I would dedicate my time too, Reason being is that I strive to always reach my goals and in order to do that we need the right people around you that not only motivate you but push you to do your best no matter how hard it gets. Read more>>

Fabian Gutierrez | Fighter & Writer

A better tomorrow for me and the people around me. If I could find lifetime success and stability from fighting then I don’t think I really have much else to ask for. Everything else that comes would just be more to be proud of and grateful for. Success to me is being able to do what I love for a living. Read more>>

Xandar | Screenwriter & Creative Director

People inspire me. I think humans are the most fascinating thing on this planet. I mean, we’re all so unique and every single one of us experiences this world through different eyes; being our own eyes. Nobody’s story is the identical. Whether you grew up in the same neighborhood or in the same family, we all experience life differently. Read more>>