We asked the community what factors they felt were responsible for their success and we’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Grella Ardine | Owner of The Tiny Bloom & Floral Designer

I think there are multiple factors contributing to the success of The Tiny Bloom. We have creativity, ingenuity, a hard work ethic, and stellar customer service. But above all, the thing I am the most proud of and what I believe has contributed to our success thus far, is our authenticity. We’re very community oriented and show our heart to this community more often than not and I think it’s a breath of fresh air for a lot of our customers. We make our intentions clear and are mindful of our community. Read more>>

Janet Miranda | Be.NYLA Owner & Lead Artist

Never giving up and trusting my gut instinct. Willing to try and fail. Always learning. Taking action. And honest communication. Understanding my client, their needs, and being in-tuned with trend as also played an essential role in the success of my brand. My mind is always thinking of new ways to do hair & makeup. Whether it’s introducing a new style or process. I’m passionate about delivering quality results and ensuring my clients are happy. Read more>>

Nakia Richardson | Entertainment Journalist | TV Producer

The Most important factor behind my success has been my faith, the support from family and the help from my peers and friends. As talented as I am , I would not be where I am today if it was not for the help from my friends and peers. I knew what I wanted to do but I had no idea how I was going to access that or even start my career. My peers became the most important resources to me ! I was introduced to new people, I was recommend for internships and jobs, my name was bought up in different rooms, I got the references of my dreams and I credit my success to the helping hand of the people who cared about me and wanted to see me succeed ! For that, I am forever grateful and I never take that for granted ! Read more>>

Carol G Aronowsky | Pottery Instructor, Potter, Retired Speech Pathologist, and budding Political Cartoonist

This was hard to choose because all of the questions had some factors I could respond to. I chose this question to answer because I feel I have been a success though not in the traditional measurements our society might use. My career in pottery started the day my career started as a Speech Pathologist in Neurological Rehabilitation. I bounced back and forth between the 2 on a daily basis. It also occupied an internal debate in my head for much of my careers. Read more>> 

Ali Kaminetsky | CEO/Founder of Modern Picnic

The importance of our incredible team, supportive and engaged Ambassador community as well as our understanding of who our customers are has been a significant part of our success. Read more>>

Djaka Souaré | Actress & Filmmaker

Denzel Washington says “If you hand around the barbershop long enough, sooner or later you gonna get a haircut.” I love that quote and I love that he, one of the most talented actors of this generation, says it. It keeps me going. I think determination and willpower have been key in bringing me where I am today. Read more>>

Emily Davis | Photographer

This is going to sound so cheesy but being your authentic self, whether it’s how you structure the behind-the-scenes of your business or how you interact with clients. There are so many creatives out there but YOU are what sets your business apart from the rest. Read more>>

Jonny Cota | Fashion Designer

Success is easy. Longevity is the challenge. My brand has experienced extreme highs and extreme lows over the past 13 years, but our resilience and our ability to stay on our path towards success relies mostly on one thing; strong brand identity. It’s most important to know who you are as a brand, what you stand for and what makes you stand out above the noise. It’s easy to get swept away by successful moments in your career and begin to lose sight of what you originally stood for so it’s crucial to constantly remind yourself, your team and the entire brand of who you are and where you are going. Anyone can create a brand. What makes your brand unforgettable? Read more>>

Katya Armistead | Higher Ed Administrator & Consultant for Leadership and DEI

Being curious, determined, and persistent best describe how I have come to be who I am today. Because I stuck it out when things have been hard, as a person of color, in places I did not feel like I belonged or understood how to navigate, and because I asked a lot of questions and worked hard to understand, I was able to persist and succeed. I am a lifelong learner and am pushing myself every day to read, explore, and listen so that I can be my best self and of service to others. Read more>>

Kalea McNeill | Actor & Comedian

The most important factor behind my success would be my faith. “Faith without works is dead”. As long as I continue to work harder today than I did yesterday, I have no doubt that my career will continue to climb to the heights that God has intended for me. Read more>>

Robyn Banks | Harlem’s Drag Princess, Classy But Ghetto, and the sweetest B!tch you will ever meet.

I think life is on big joke. We work so hard but we cannot enjoy the stuff we work towards. I like to have fun make people laugh. I also like to think that I am someone, this meaning I do everything 1000 percent. I treat all my staff as if I am some A list celebrity. I work hard for what I want and I push down doors because I want you to see me, I want you to notice me. I also think giving back to the community is something that also helps. when people see you doing things that is for the community it make them want to take an interest in you. Don’t be a push over, but let people know you are here for them whenever it is needed. Read more>>

Gemma Rose | Jewelry Designer and Healer

When I started my jewelry business, my best friend who had built a very successful company gave me great advice: she said the most important thing is providing excellent customer service. What I enjoy most about my business is creating personal relationships with my loyal customers and making them feel special. They know that they can text me with questions or requests for custom healing pieces and that I’m here for them. The nature of my business is healing based first, and jewelry second, which I feel is at the core of the success of my brand. For that reason, I am always on the hunt for rare, high quality gemstones as I feel they contain a higher vibration for healing. Read more>>

August Bleu | Recording Artist/Songwriter

The love & passion that I have for what I do. Without the love, you’d have no passion & without passion, you’d lack quality/sincerity. Read more>>

Lisa Li | Wardrobe Stylist

I think the most important factor behind my business is my level of professionalism on set, I know my way around set and feel really comfortable being there so that my client will also feel comfortable. Sometimes things change super last minute or you’re working with limited time, but adjusting quickly and having a team is super helpful. I think my clients or people who have worked with me in the past would say that I succeeded at making them feel comfortable on set. If they’re happy, I’m happy. Read more>>

Taneshia Smith | Pastry Chef & Chocolatier

The most important factor is Unity. We must come together to love, education, and uplift each other. How else do we grow to be successful if we’re not unified? Read more>>

DR Z PHD | Psychologist: Specialty Transgender Care

I believe the success of my brand is my ability to retain myself. To maintain my individuality in the midst of other voices. Some call it authenticity. But what exactly is that? Especially when we have marketing and business coaches ready to sell a packaged concept of you to you on “how to be your authentic self.”? If you don’t know who you are and think a business guru does, you are in for a trouble. Thus authenticity, has been diluted and stripped of its meaning. Read more>>

Ryan “Ryze Official Music” Hornibrook | Songwriter & Music Producer

I would say the most important factor behind my success is remaining true to who I am. I feel as though a lot of people get wrapped up in their brand and unfortunately let the brand define who they are personally. I try to let my personality drive my brand. Realistically, we’re all individuals collaborating for the duration of this one shot that we have in life. We’re all trying to coexist and make it work the best we can for ourselves and the ones we love and care for. I try not to let the stress of the business and branding control who I am and how I live my life. Read more>>

Federico Uribe | Founder and Creative Director of 209 MARE

Everyone I speak to that gets asked this question generally mentions several factors that have led them to success, however everyone shares one factor that is the same for everyone that has had success- Hard work/dedication. That is the foundation for success in any field. After that you can take many different paths to reach your goals. Personally I have valued primarily choosing to focus systematically on the quality of the products my label makes. Additionally we have dedicated a lot of time to make our products as ingenious and unique as possible as well as using creative communications strategies and an impeccable customer journey. You see- you can’t take shortcuts to make an extraordinary product and it is an extraordinary product that is ultimately your greatest marketing asset. Read more>>

Birdee Bow | CEO Bsquared MGMT

The most important factor behind the success of my brand is the TEAM we have built who believes in the same mission. Together we do great things for artists and creatives daily and I couldn’t be more proud of the team at Bsquared MGMT. Read more>>

Deja Bowen | Actor & Model

The most important factor to me is having the support of those around you. If the people in your circle aren’t showing you support it can feel very draining constantly trying to prove something to them when in reality you shouldn’t do the things you love to prove something for other people you should do it because it makes you happy and then support comes with that. The success of my “brand” truly comes from my friends and family who show me continuous support and just are open to listening to all of the silly things that come out of my mouth or like all of the pictures that I post or the videos that I edit. I feel really blessed to have people who just show nothing but love and engage with the content that I create. It’s very encouraging especially in an industry that can be super discouraging! Read more>>

fiction. | songwriter/producer/recording artist/zaddy

whatever success i’ve had and will have in the future stems purely from my work ethic. to me, the only way to outshine your competition is to outwork them. as a songwriter, that means writing more songs in a day than others do in a week, and a week in a month. as a singer, that means experimenting with my voice so my records never sound stagnant. i sleep four hours a day, maintain a full-time job, release my own music independently, and still have two sessions every day writing for other artists. time only matters if you use it. how else are you supposed to become a mack daddy? ya, dig? Read more>>

Lisa Hsieh | Fashion Designer & Brand Founder

Any success I have with the brand I’ve built, I wouldn’t have achieved it without the support of my family. I believe in the work that I do and I know where I am going, but without their support and encouragement I would be without a safety net to fall back on. Without their trust in me, I would have felt hesitant and reluctant to take necessary risks and make bold decisions that would potentially benefit my business. My family looked out for me in my personal life, helped with things big and small, so I can have peace of mind to move forward with my career and business. Read more>>

Madison Conklin | Entertainment Host/TV Personality

The most important factor behind my personal success if my work ethic & ‘no quitting’ attitude. This mentality was instilled in me at an early age, and it has gotten me very far in not only my personal life, but my professional life as well. Both of my parents pushed me to be the best I could be in whatever I put my mind & talents to. Read more>>

Rebecca Wright | Dancer/Choreographer, Teacher, & Trainer

I think that my brand as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and trainer has been so successful because it is authentically me. I absolutely love dancing, choreographing, and teaching more than anything in the world, and because of that I will work tirelessly to achieve my goals. Since the age of 14, I have been putting my dance career and training first, which has not been a simple task. Read more>>

Olivia Morreale | Artist and Producer

I’m definitely at the beginning! But collaboration is definitely the number one reason for the success I’ve had so far, and it’s a necessity for me as an artist and as a person. Even just getting a second set of ears or eyes on the art I’m working on makes it something that exists in the world instead of only in my mind. Read more>>

Danielle Eva Schwob | Composer and Musician

Aside from just trying to make the best possible music that I can (which I think is a given for any creator), I’d have to say that balancing big-picture thinking – in the longer-term planning and artistic direction sense of things – with being more detail-oriented has been particularly instrumental for me. Having a “vision” is key for obvious reasons, but breaking things down into steps and paying attention to the smallest components of a project is what gets you from point A to point B, especially with larger undertakings. Read more>>

Cecee Marie | Skin Therapist & TV/Film MUA

EDUCATION!! “When you know better, you do better.” Most clients just don’t know. Yes they have tried everything but did they really know what they were using and why?! Read more>>

Yoyo (Yuheng) Li | Handmade Jeweler

The meaning of success to me is not only about the number of sales or the amount of revenue my brand generates, but it is about the meaningful connections my brand creates with people. The first custom earring design helped me find the purpose of this handmade small business. A friend of mine asked me to make a specific flower design to commemorate her passing mother. Read more>>

Pranay Reddy | Director, LA Artcore

Developing an increasingly collaborative and transparent culture allows me to connect and innovate LA Artcore’s arts programming Read more>>

Aislinn Munck-Owen | Figure skate technician – Skate shop owner

I believe the driving factor behind Home Ice and what has allowed me to grow my customer base and stay in business is a genuine passion for the products and services I sell. I’m a former professional figure skater and since the age of five, I have been absolutely obsessed with the world of figure skating. While the years of competitive and professional skating have taken a toll on my body and I don’t skate with the same intensity I used to, I don’t ever see myself losing my connection and relationship with the ice. I still try to skate at least once a week and am always trying out new types of boots and blades. Read more>>

Diane Michaeli | Landscape Designer

I believe in what I do. Climate change is THE number one issue for me. Creating a business which allows me to talk about and mitigate the effects of global warming keeps me going with great enthusiasm. There are many practices that a residential home owner can do to help slow the effects of global warming. First and formost reducing water consumption, which is particularly important during increased heat waves and droughts. Read more>>

Jeffrey DeChausse | Filmmaker

Treating people with respect This crazy business. You cant get to set unless you are good with people. Filmmaking is a collaboration and if you’re the leader of any department from the top-level producer, the director, and even a PA you’re treated with the same amount of respect on the set or in our office. We like to work hard, create a solid plan and have fun. I personally have worked with the same people for my entire career and we now have our own language with each other. Read more>>

Frank Arcadio | Recording Artist & Songwriter

The most important factor behind my success would be persistence. Persistence is the key to the door that changed my life forever. Having a dream is one thing, but being able to make it a reality is a totally different ballgame! There were so many times that I faced rejection, failure and ended up without money due to self-investments. Oddly enough, that never stopped me… It only made me want my music that much more! It took me 14 years to get here and I am not ashamed of it. Most overnight success takes 10-15 years. Have patience! Never give up and watch how far you will go! Read more>>

Ty Kranz | Usui Reiki Master Practitioner

I am first generation born in so called United States through my maternal side. I was born on Ute Land so called Colorado. My family, being from Mexico and growing up in a hyper religious environment, spirituality and religion was always a blend and forced upon me. After several beautiful, transitioning, difficult life experiences, as well as coming out as Queer to my Mexican family, it led me on a path of inner reflection, discovery and deeper understanding. Being raised to be in tune with the Earth and ground beneath us and my abuelita always calling me “Manos de Angel” which translates to “Angel hands” It stuck with me. Fast forward, I found myself studying energy, and became a certified Usui Reiki Master Practitioner. Read more>>

Festive | Rapper, Podcast Host, Empowerment Enthusiast

The most important factor behind my success is a combination of perseverance and resilience. Being able to fail and learn from my mistakes have allowed me to realize habits and characteristics of negativity. For the longest, it was my own mindset that blocked me from being my best self. When you are your own biggest enemy, you leave no room for outside affirmation. You fester in your thoughts of doubt SO much, you have zero time (or energy) to celebrate your accomplishments. Learning that being wrong isn’t always a bad thing allowed me to live life in a more honest and transparent perspective. Being able to be honest with myself helped me create the success I have now. Read more>>

Victoria Casciola | Celebrity Hairstylist/Extension Expert

The most important factor behind my success is my passion, which is driven by inspiration and consistency. Making people look good to feel better holds me accountable. Changing one head at a time by having every client leave feeling like a better version of themselves serves my purpose! Read more>>