Getting to do what you love? Providing for your loved ones? What does success mean to you? Below you’ll find perspectives from some of the city’s best and brightest.

Ben Ivers | Video Editor

In my opinion, the term success is largely misconceived due to social media, the news, and our societal culture. We typically view the billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Bill Gates as “successful” and when we see Youtubers or Instagrammers with millions of followers we assume that’s also success. For me the true definition of success is happiness. I think modern society often mistakes our success for numbers, wether that be the numbers in our bank account or the number of followers on our social media pages. But no matter what numbers you find valuable, they cannot guarantee happiness. That’s exactly why I think anyone that is currently happy is also currently successful. That being said, success is a subjective term. My success can’t be measured the same as what someone else deems successful. And that’s the beauty of it. Read more>>

Brian McGrath | Actor/Creative

I think as an actor I define my success in terms of growth. Growth within my opportunities and community. Getting to create and build with other amazing artists let’s me become better at my craft. It is a snowball effect. Your success can increase over time but you don’t lose the success you have already created. If I get rich enough through all the growth maybe I will change my mind and define success by number of houses or boats. We’ll see. Read more>>

Monica Moskatow | Dancer & Actress

Success to me is being able to support myself in a career that I love and is my passion without sacrificing my morality along the way. It means holding onto relationships with people who support and love me not because of what I can do for them but because they genuinely have my best interests at heart. If material possessions and fame come out of it that’s great, but whats more important is that I love what I do and it makes me happy. Read more>>

Oskie Mignon | Communication Practitioner

I don’t think there is a particular form of measurement for success. It’s each individual’s interpretation of what success means to them. Personally, I think it’s doing something with a purpose that affords the essentials for living, e.g car or public transportation, rent, food, and water, while being charitable or finding creative ways for you or your business to be altruistic. Avoiding the chance to become grandiose is also a form or success for me. Staying grounded, evergreen and rooted to an ethos is meritorious. It’s also a plus to earn enough revenue to pay off student loans and take a mental + physical vacation once a year. Read more>>

Dave Bondi | Artist

I had a therapist once tell me, “some people want to climb the mountain and others want to hang out by the lake and watch the sunset”. Success is a very personal thing. Most people spend their entire lives chasing after things that external influences tell them will make them happy. We live in a hyper materialistic society that makes great profit from telling you that you are inadequate, boring, or ordinary and these ideas seep into the depths of our consciousness. Breaking free from that influence can be incredibly difficult. For me success has very little to do with money or material wealth. It is ultimately about the pleasure I find in my daily life and the people I call my friends. Read more>>

Alexandria McCale | Comedian & Actress

When I first headed out to Los Angeles to pursue my passions, I viewed success in black and white. Either I was a working film and television actress, or I was a failure. As time went on, I realized that if my only measure of success was being cast in a major production, then I was placing my entire self-worth in the hands of others. With every acting dry spell, I felt further and further away from “success.” When you feel like a failure, you only have two options. You either quit or you change your definition of success. Instead of focusing on clutching the next big role, I tried to focus on becoming the type of person I wanted to be. If I wanted to be the type of person who acts & performs, then any performance no matter the size or scope is success. If my goal is to be the type of person who writes, then everyday that I write I am a success! If I want to be the type of person who plays chess, then even when I lose I’m a success. Read more>>

Fabrizio Grossi | Musician, writer , producer

Being able to make a living by turning your passion into a career. Read more>>

Jasmine Basie | Choreographer/Dancer

My definition of Success would be Preparation plus opportunity. I know we’ve all heard the phrase “stay prepared so you won’t have to get prepared” and I’m a big believer in that but trust, it is not the easiest thing to do at all. I think the journey to getting your success is the success in itself. Sometimes getting to a certain position in life that ultimately sets you up for victory is one of the most important factors to gaining the desires of your heart. It’s through that journey you learn more and more about yourself, more about your strengths and weaknesses, battling your traumas and doubts, and surviving each day with the faith and courage that your dreams are going to come true. That’ alone is Success. Being able to take care of your mental and your spirit is a success. Setting yourself up to rest in who you are, rest in your truth and become the best version of yourself. To me, that brings all the success one can imagine. Read more>>

Amy Powell | Life, Transformation & Happiness Coach

There is no unified definition for success. Every individual gets to create, evaluate and celebrate their own unique version, and versions, of success throughout their life. That means a person’s success can’t be calculated by predetermined quotas. Rather, the feeling of success is self-empowered, based on each person’s inner values, individual goals and deep desires. For me, I used to measure and compare my success against my peers. I believed that I would never be successful if I didn’t have what my peers had, and more—as many creative ideas, clients, material things, and as much money to spend. I was so busy “keeping up” that I lost sight of myself and my true, self-empowered success. Read more>>

Jim Rastall | Acting Teacher & Life Coach

I think the ultimate success is to accept yourself fully. That’s basically the same as saying ‘love yourself’ I guess. Because when we fully accept/ love ourself we are free to express ourself without fear of judgement. And to fully express ourself is to be alive. And being truly alive is success! A circular answer to a seemingly simple question. Read more>>

Natalie Perez | Co-Founder of She TV Media

Success, to us, is found in the small every day wins. Yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s the truth! Being a young start-up business, our company, She TV Media, has been on the fun rollercoaster of business development — with all it’s twists and turns, wins and fails. And let us tell you, there’s no bigger plot twist than finally getting to a place of steady work and strong client relationships followed by the dreadful news that a global pandemic has cancelled all our hard-earned work for the next 6-12 months. It would have been way easier for us to believe that that was the end of She TV Media. That this was all out of our control, and maybe we’ll have better luck next time. But no. We couldn’t accept that. We put too much darn work into this company for some *measly* global pandemic to rain on our parade. We pride ourselves on our aggressive optimism, and Covid-19 provided us the perfect opportunity to really put it into practice. Read more>>

Kate Manson | Entrepreneur

I use to define success by the status quo salary x PTO x benefits = American dream until I lived the American nightmare. A few years ago I was working for a cannabis tech company that checked all the boxes in the American dream equation, I loved my job and built my entire persona around my success in my career. Then one day it all blew up around me when a senior-level staffer began sexually harassing me in the workplace. That experience shook me to my core. Seven months after the first incident, I quit my job and took a leap of faith, and started my own agency. Now, I measure success with my own equation, time to chill +  supportive business partners = my dream. I only take on clients whose vision and mission statement aligns with my values and I only work with people I really enjoy spending time with. Today, I have three cannabis adjacent businesses, Tarot CBD, Golden Hour Delights, and Kôta Supplies (coming soon) with three different amazing female co-founders, and I beyond excited to “work” every day. Read more>>

Anthony Cotoia | Actor & Musician

We usually set goals for ourselves, and when we achieve them we may feel successful. But to me the internal process of going through the experience is as important as the outcome. I want to make sure I am doing everything in life with kindness, gratitude and generosity, so I find myself in deep connection in all these things. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” The most menial things add to our greater successes – not because they are necessarily adding direct value to our larger goals, but because they are a small expression of the bigger picture. For instance, if we are kind to ourselves, we are more likely to be kind to others. If we start the day with a small act of self-care, we can go on to care for others throughout the day. Read more>>

Candice ( Kärma ) Peterson | Artist, Audio Engineer

I truly believe success is dependent upon how clear you are on your goals. It should be a and realistic attainable thing. Success is also a mindset, and anything can be viewed as successful. Waking up can be deemed successful. It all depends on your viewpoint and what you’re willing to define it as fitting for you. Read more>>

LÉA | Artist

I believe success looks different for everybody. Success isn’t necessarily money or fame but a feeling of accomplishment. When you’ve reached whatever goal you set for yourself or point in your life when you feel truly happy, healthy and accomplished, then you’re successful. Read more>>

Romina Keshishyan | Attorney & Founder of RK Legal

When your soul is nourished with the outcome of a situation that was actualized by your intention–that is how I define success. Read more>>

Chris Yamoah | Sports Medicine Recovery Specialist

How i define success is, the ability to set and achieve your end goal. My goal is to help relieave any muscle/tendon soreness or pain by working on flexibility/mobility, smoothening scar tissue build up, cupping/compression therapy to help with blood flow and circulation which promotes healing during each session. I know I’ve reached my goal when my clients get off the table and immediately move better while pain free than they did before seeing me. Read more>>

Loren Smith | Poet, Humanitarian, and Entrepreneur

The word success is often misinterpreted. The world makes us believe that in order to be successful, you must obtain fortune and big houses with multiple cars. Success, to me, is not define by who you are but instead defined by the fulfillment you have in your soul. You have to find out what success means to YOU because it is different for everyone. Yes, money is great and I definitely wouldn’t turn down a million dollars if someone handed it to me. But, I wouldn’t say I was successful because I had it. My success is defined by me fulfilling the purpose I have here on earth. If I can make an impact then I have reached success. Read more>>