We asked insiders and experts from various industries to tell us something they think outsiders are unaware of and we’ve shared a few of those responses below.

Aaron Colbert | DJ | Entertainment Director | Intuitive Coach

Most people think that being an Entertainer / DJ / Music Director is all about having fun. Anyone that finds out what I do says, “oh wow that must be fun.” Though at times it is very fun, it takes a tremendous amount of energy, determination, will, and thick skin. DJing is not about just playing music, it’s about creating energy, holding that energy, transforming negative into positive, expanding energy, and allowing yourself to be open yet protected. Read more>>

Ana Bohr | Actor & Writer & Future Producer

Ooh, this is a good one. Hollywood is about the right connections. Usually, you don’t make your way through Hollywood based on talent alone. Sure, talent definitely helps. But hard work and true connection is key. Not the fake networking sh*t. People can see right through it. But genuine connection. It’s important to make sure you’re surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, and staying true to yourself no matter what. Read more>>

Jacqueleen Munoz | Storyboard Revisionist

A lot of people have a hard time conceiving that animation is a team effort with many, many different facets. In truth, most people have a hard time making the connection that the entire world they interact with is through the filter of art. I think a lot about this infographic I saw a couple years ago, explaining that most people saw art as an inconsequential and inessential job. Read more>>

Autumn Washington | Event Producer and Owner of Autumn In July Events

People who attend events don’t know what it takes to put on a successful event and what goes on behind the scenes. Large events take 3-6 months (small events maybe about 1-3 months) to prepare for; you have to book the venue, get the necessary permits, rent tables and chairs, book bands, sell vendor booths, promote the event, hire staff, or volunteers, find sponsors, etc. Read more>>

Jurasama Arunchai | Set Designer

Set design plays a very small role in the Entertainment business. All the details the audience can see or more than likely cannot see on the screen go thru a tremendous amount of considerations and design iterations. The door style, the window proportion, the doorknob, the screw-type the color of the screw, the paper on the table, is it old? Is it new? Crinkled? aged, torn, etc…. Read more>>

Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh | Visual Artist & Arts Educator

One thing people are unaware about the visual arts, especially when thinking about having a visual arts career, is just how much time you spend on other tasks besides physical art making. There’s a lot of writing, planning and seeking opportunities that go into supporting and sustaining and art career. Read more>>