“If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything”

We asked the community to tell us about the values and principles that guide their lives and businesses.

Yasmin Irfani | Program Manager & Mental Health Advocate/Educator

God-consciousness is the principle which matters most to me. Marianne Williamson states “We think we have many problems, but we really only have one: our separation from God.” I have found this to be true for my personal experiences. Historically, I would not openly share much about my spiritual/religious identity. Read more>>

Naomi Castellano | Actor & Musician

Living with a grateful heart is my main principle and practicing this has completely changed my life and career. It seems so easy, but when we are going through our day to day in such a busy overstimulating world it can be the last thing on our mind. I used to believe that my work directly correlated with my worth. If I wasn’t constantly creating and offering my art to the world then I wasn’t of value. Read more>> 

L.J. Fogel | Filmmaker, Writer, Content Strategist

I am a big-picture conceptual thinker, but I am also extremely detail-oriented. My commitment to consistency of vision is one of my best qualities. Having worked my way up from copywriter to director of digital media, PA to independent filmmaker, I respect all roles on a project, and I love collaborating. Read more>>

Mary Bellamy | Illustrator and Creator

Tenacity is one of the most important values to me. I will be the first person to admit I”ve failed a lot. I’ve not gotten jobs and have been rejected from projects. It stung but it’s just not in me to give up. With each failure, I learned something. Maybe the work I put up wasn’t my best work so I worked harder to fix that. Maybe I hadn’t communicated my idea as well as I could have so I worked on that. Maybe I hadn’t done my best so I tried harder. Read more>>

Davina Colaço | Actress

I feel like I can always rely on my integrity to guide me. I never want to be false in my relationship to my work or in my personal life. Especially being a full time artist, it’s a matter or survival in the gruelling beginning years and there are lines that can be hard to navigate. I constantly aim to remind myself of the over-arching responsibilities I have to myself and others. I want to make sure everything I put out or am in support of wholly aligns with my sense of self. Read more>>

Lexie Chu | Founder and President of Asians in Animation

Call me a romantic, but I wholeheartedly think that friendship makes the world go around! Maybe I’ve been watching too much Sailor Moon, but much of my happiness I owe to my friends! I don’t think I would have made it through the pandemic (or – to be more dramatic – life) without them. Read more>>