We have the good fortune of connecting with so many bright, accomplished folks from a variety of industries and we often ask them to tell us what they feel has been the most important factor behind their success. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Noelle Denton | Musician

I’ve pursued a lot of different creative paths. I’ve been editing (videos) since age 11, moved back to LA for film school, quit that to go down the acting path for a good while, then started writing music and making my own videos. The “habit” I possess that has saved me from the insanity of the industry is taking breaks when things aren’t feeling right, instead of beating it into the ground. Also, trying all types of artistic mediums, even if its just for fun! My mom would always say “You can’t be a jack of all trades, Noelle.” and that NEVER ever resonated with me because having multiple outlets has saved my life and definitely played a huge role in my “success”.
To me, being successful = simply being happy with what you’re making as a creative. We live in such a “you-need-a-degree-to-succeed-in-life” world, but I’ve always known that I don’t believe in that. What we want is constantly changing, all that matters is right now. Read more>>

Po Wei Su | Film Producer & BTS Photographer

I have a habit since few years ago and I’m glad I still keep it till now. Every week I push myself to finish at least three books. Working as a freelance filmmaker now, my schedule looks different every week/month. But no matter how busy I am, every night before sleep I’ll read for at least one or two hours. Living in such a fast past era now, every hardworking person is trying to do their best to keep moving forward. I believe the way to stand out among people is to learn new stuff everyday. I got anxious if all I do that day is just my daily work. I read all kinds of books, no matter it’s about filmmaking or other genres. This may sound a little cheesy, but knowledge is indeed the power I believe. Read more>>

Derek Julian | Singer and Guitarist

Being persistent and flexible are two big habits that have helped us continue forward. The world is constantly changing and it forces you to adapt to new environments. For example, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to learn how to use live-streaming platforms on YouTube and Zoom to play for our fans. In order to make this change happen, we had to move from solving on problem to the next until all of our gear functioned correctly. Read more>>

Meeta Gournay | Co-Founder of Three Spirit Drinks

It’s hard to roll it up into one particular thing, but it’s a set of habits I’ve learned over the years that I think has helped me succeed. My co-founder jokes that I’m like artificial intelligence, show me how to do something once or twice and then I can do it all the time on my own faster and better than I’ve been taught. While that’s undoubtedly an exaggeration of my skill set, I definitely always believed in the adage, ‘teach a person how to fish and they will feed themselves for a lifetime.’ I’ve never been afraid to try new things, make a bit of a fool of myself and to roll up my sleeves and learn new skills. My impatience and drive to move fast has been a helpful impetus, but so is the awareness that the ‘let’s just do it now’ skillset isn’t always the best use of everyone’s time. You have to trust that you can’t do everything and that there are much smarter people that can teach you something and that planning/separation of duties is critical, especially as your team gets larger and decisions can’t be made on the fly. Read more>>

Anna Kathleen Little | Artist | designer of places and things, singer of ditties, sketcher of strange ideas.

Unpopular opinion: Self criticism is my super power. It can be a tumultuous relationship and one I am constantly working on with myself. I feel like the “love yourself” narrative is very strong these days (and rightfully so, times are tough) but my personal instinct is more often to think that everything I make is trash… well, not trash necessarily but more often not worthy of publication. I always say “my work dies in my living room”– now I have a creative day job which I love so I have the luxury of digging a graveyard for “inadequate” endeavors in the darkness of my own home. But as the years wore on and I started running out of dirt to dig for new graves, I realized I had built quite a body of work and as I started digging up old ideas with fresh eyes I found that the ideas were still sound… and that the execution, flawed as it was, was beautiful for exactly that reason. In the last few years, I’ve tried to take my making more seriously, bringing some of it out into the daylight to show friends and the internet. Read more>>

Gabrielle Gutierrez | Energy Healer & Animal Foster Mom

Many of us grow up with this mentality that taking breaks equals laziness. We’re conditioned to keep going, keep burning the candle at both ends until we reach some terrific, usually unobtainable, goal. My life started to be more successful when I started to value rest as much as busyness. It is not selfish to put your comfort above productivity. It may seem counterproductive but you actually get more done when you learn to take a moment to pause. Before I do anything at the start of each day, I take some time to just be. I make myself tea and relax. Before the hectic day, I breathe and rest. Then I feel ready to tackle my goals and errands. I used to think I had to have a check list of habits before I could be successful: I needed to wake up early, exercise, eat breakfast, make to-do lists, put on make-up… when it turns out only one habit mattered- the habit of rest. Read more>>

ahari Stampley | Musician, Game Developer, Composer & Animator

For me, I always strive to push myself by learning new skills outside of my comfort zone. Success comes in many standards and is relative to the individual. Ultimately, maintaining a healthy perspective and being happy with yourself is what determines success. Read more>>

Joan Pauls | Film Director and Writer

A dangerous habit: working all the time. In the artistic careers, where usually you organise your own time and tasks, it’s important setting clear goals and don’t stop until achieving them. It becomes something more personal than professional, mainly at the beginning. If it’s not personal to you, if you don’t need to do a movie, to tell a story, to say something to the others, then it will be incredibly difficult for you to live working or to work living. Both worlds will be merged during a long period of time and it’s not the most pleasant or easy ways of living. To survive, you have to feel it. Nowadays, in the Arts, it’s a matter of surviving this long period until you get inside the industry wheels. Then, little by little, the days where you can choose and separate work and life will come and you will have succeeded. Read more>>

Sidney Howard | Artist, Illustrator & Designer

As I’m sure it did for most people, the pandemic changed many aspects of my daily life nearly overnight. I got laid off from my job of 4 years. I missed my friends and family. I moved from New York back to my home state of Florida and now finally in Los Angeles, where I’ve always dreamed of living. Through all those transitions, I realized that I let my mental health take the backseat for far too long and have since committed to making it a priority for the rest of my life. I went to therapy for the first time, starting listening to spiritual books on audio, and started journaling and meditating. These habits of mindfulness are the most important tools I have to be successful, which to be means staying present, being grateful for the opportunities that come my way, and focusing on my unique path rather than comparing myself to others. Read more>>

Tevyn Cole | Choreographer

I believe my journaling has been a habit that has brought success. I use my journal to write down my small wins and the things I am grateful for that day. I also will write out short term goals. It feels good to check things off. It’s a habit that puts me in a good mindset and is a frequent reminder that I am doing better than I sometimes think. I also have a habit of using my calendar. For me, the more organized I am, the more I am able to get shit done. Lastly, it might seem completely unrelated but, I make sure I maintain healthy eating habits. I notice that my work like is thriving when I’m taking better care of my body. Read more>>

Walid Chaya | Actor/Director & Founder of Studio For Performing Arts LA

1. Keep in touch with people I care about professionally and personally 2. Complete at least one task each day to support my career
3. Commit to routine ‘office hours’ each week to stay on schedule
4. Stay organized and prioritize tasks with post-it notes and todo lists
5. Work hard and play hard – it’s all about balance. Read more>>

Jeremy Levin | Musician

I think the most important habit to have is simply that of positivity. I’ve been a firm believer in the Law of Attraction this past year. It’s the idea that constant positive thoughts bring constant positive events in real life. You can get extremely specific with those thoughts as well. In 2019, I was extremely poor and took out about 4 pages of my notebook to write down things that I wanted out of life. Everything from emotional/health related things to physical material things. While the list hasn’t been 100% completed, I check in about twice a year to just check things off and add more. As of today (may 2021) tons of those “wants” have manifested into my real life. There’s always room to grow, but i did this as a proof of concept. That if I thought about the life I wanted everyday, rather than reflected on what sucked about life, I’d obtain every last wish. Read more>>

Shayla the Artist | Singer & Songwriter

Consistency and a “Do it Now” attitude. Once I put away fear and decided to express myself through music, I made a commitment to myself to not stop creating and do everything with a sense of urgency. If an idea enters my mind, I have to start working on it as soon as possible. Why wait? Implement now!!. Read more>>

Brianna Diaz | Fitness & Health Coach

Habits have a compound effect in your life. They dictate who you become in the weeks, months, and years to follow. It’s the day to day that makes your life what it is today. I attribute a large part of my success to 3 main habits; exercise, reading, and goal setting. Exercise, the habit that has paved way for such strength and clarity. Training my muscles, day in and day out, has helped me build a powerful body, but more importantly, a powerful mind. Reading books, the habit that has been transformative in my mindset. There is power in everyone’s stories and experiences, so I pay attention and let their words guide me through my own life. Feeding my brain with thought provoking concepts and knowledge has given me mentorship and guidance that I feel safe in. Read more>>

Gordon James Asti | Actor, Writer/Director & Painter

To treat every single opportunity that crosses my path as though it will be the last chance to express myself creatively (minus any feelings of dread if it doesn’t work out). A little dramatic perhaps, but as long as I feel satisfied with the effort put into the exploration of that new opportunity… I feel great. That, I think can have a resonating ripple effect with the ones around you. Read more>>

Jaewoo Choi | Illustrator and Painter

There are two good habits to be successful. The first habit is to always try to know what only you can do in this world. The second habit is to do what only you can do every day. Read more>>

Devon Blow | Illustrator & Designer

Mindfulness and meditation. Also being consistent and lots and lots of practice. Read more>>

JuJu | Model & Supplement Brand Owner

Taking care of self and being consistent with it. As a model you’re always on “go mode” and that means at any given time you may be called in for a casting or meeting and you have to be ready on the spot. So being consistent with making sure that I am properly taking care of myself inside and out by eating healthy foods, being active and of course religiously doing my skin care routine have helped me tremendously when it comes to success. Read more>>

Gabriela Mclain | Celebrity trainer and fitness coach

One of my main focuses was to create a program that would inable me to weed out  bad habits. I basically needed to challenge myself and practice what I preached. By doing  this I had to change my eating habits and sticking to them for example. I followed my meal plan and I started seeing and feeling results in my body and mind. Read more>>

Baby Bulldog | Artist and Producer

Keeping a schedule for myself during writing periods!

I identified the time of day when I was most productive and built a schedule around that. I am not a night owl at all, my brain shuts off after about 5pm, 6pm at the latest but I also don’t function before 8am. So, I wake up around 9, eat a healthy breakfast (also an important habit!), work out (another one!) and then go in the studio from about 11-5pm, making sure to take a break for lunch. Eating healthy and working out regularly are two other very important habits that have helped me succeed. Another is knowing when to call it quits. When I’m writing and I feel like something isn’t quite going down the path I intended, two things will happen. Either I move forward on the new path and fall into something I love or I move forward, get stuck and need to step away. Getting lost down a rabbit hole never really gets me anywhere. Read more>>

RoyStar SoundSick | Recording Artist

When we make up our mind to conquer an endeavor, focus is the number one habit to success. Focusing on the positive while completely ignoring the negative is a habit that has taken me tremendous levels. Read more>>

Jevon “Jerzey” Goldson | Award Nominated Creative Director, Choreographer & Host

I have serious habbit of being very consistent and hard working. I know i have weaknesses in other areas but I am probably the hardest working person I know, humbly speaking. My success came from sticking to the plan which is to NEVER STOP! Hard work and consistency will always win. Read more>>

Natalie Pena | Professional Makeup Artist

Being fearless and confident (even if you feel inferior) In this industry there is always someone better than you or with more connections to the inside world of bigger production than you. People believe LA is a large industry, but in reality its not. If there is anything I’ve learned over the years its that there is a small group of people who are constantly being brought on to do the majority of the workload in Hollywood. The saying that its all about who you know in LA is true- and once your in and your work speaks for itself people will vouch for you and continue recommending you for more and more work. Whenever I would get an opportunity to be apart of a larger production, I would seize it. Even if the work didn’t pay much-or anything at all, I would use it to gain exposure to the big dogs in Hollywood. I would be fearless in approaching bigger directors and producers and offering my services. I believe that being fearless was something I had to force myself to be when I started working with big celebrities. Read more>>

Spencer Kimmins | Artist

Creating and building CAFECREEP, as a business, has very much been unplanned and unexpected. I would draw and write music in my free time and, as many do, I began posting my work on social media. It was humbling to see the amount of engagement my work would receive. Looking back, I would say that the habit that helped me succeed and create longevity within my business is that I was releasing art as an expression of my own interests and day-to-day inspirations. I have never chased “likes”. My focus has always been to build a community that fosters mutual engagement and connection by sharing my love for all things horror and Halloween. Read more>>

Gina Loring | Poet, Vocalist, Activist & Professor

I think resilience is key. I operate from the mindset that for every closed door, there are three open windows. It’s just a matter of paying attention, being resourceful, and knowing when to shift directions. Not all ideas or projects work, but sometimes a dead end just means there’s a new idea or project seeking to be revealed. I make it a habit to stay grounded in faith that what is meant for me will be, and my job is to just keep moving forward. Read more>>

Jorge Cajías | Music producer/Artist

I think when I’ve been the most successful in my life is whenever I’ve been the most genuine to my work, my vision, and to the reasons why I started making music in the first place. I think that very often, as we get on with our lives and our careers, we get further and further inside the microscopic well of day-to-day tasks and forget why we started to do it in the first place. I’ve seen that especially happen in my field, in music. Whenever I feel somewhat lost, I have the habit of doing my best to reconnect with my inner child, who was once so obsessed with just the magical, sublime idea of one day making music that resembled my favorites—maybe even one day surpass them! When I remember that, I know exactly what I have to do. That helps me keep focused, but also gives me insight into the big picture, and allows me to gain strength for any hardship in the way. Read more>>

Katie Richelle Grant | Writer

Writing every day. Even if it’s just for an hour or two at midnight after a long day – just showing up for the writing process on a daily basis is essential for me. Another habit is grasping light bulb ideas the second they come, leaning into the thrill of that idea, and running with it. I’ve found that with creativity, seeds of golden ideas often pop up unexpectedly and can either be lost in dehydrated soil or watered and grown. Strengthening the muscle/habit of pausing to write down and foster these otherwise fleeting ideas has allowed me to maximize those moments because when I let my excitement be the leading hands, slivers of ideas quickly become fully fledged scenes, stories, characters. Working out/running and doing math, strangely. In some backwards way it stimulates me creatively and preps my headspace to look at my work from a neutrally critical perspective. On the flip side, training myself to have the discipline to sit down in the midst of real-time emotions and pour them into a scene is a habit that’s also certainly helped me, as the writing often ends up being quite usable with an organic rhythm/pacing because it’s so raw. Read more>>

Justin Sapp Sapp | Writer, Storyteller, & Speaker

being genuinely fascinated by meeting new people, treating their story and lived experience preciously, and choosing to be grateful even on the hardest days. Read more>>

Gigi Meroni | Composer and Producer

I tried to establish a work routine, even at the beginning when I was not that busy…Saying yes to all the projects that were offered to me. Tried to deliver always high quality work on time and without creating any unnecessary drama with the producers/director. Also, kept updated on all the technical implications of my job and in general kept pushing the networking because I never knew what was going to happen at the end of a gig. Read more>>