We’ve always believed that forming a strategy is impossible until you’re clear on what your values and principles are.  Without values and principles to guide you, making decisions can seem impossibly difficult.  Given how important setting values and principles is to decision making we asked folks we admire to tell us about the values or principles that matter most to them.

Drini Marie | Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Work at it because you love it not because you feel obligated. I will stand by this principle until the day I die. Making the decision to become self employed was one of the scariest yet most rewarding decisions of my life. I was at a job that paid the bills but didn’t fulfill my passion. I felt stifled, sometimes depressed and often lonely, doing the same thing, the same way, day after day. When I took a leap of faith and started my own business I did it because I knew that I didn’t want to look up 10, 20 years from then, wishing I would’ve at least tried. I owed it to myself to really delve into my passion for makeup artistry and for skin and create wealth based on what I loved rather than what came easy to me. Read more>>

Audra Bryant | Performing Artist, Certified Life Coach & Host

There is a biblical verse that has stuck with me since establishing my scars platform and that is: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) To me, this verse is saying that no matter the circumstances we have experienced in life (whether seemingly good or seemingly bad) that it is ALL good and serves to bring something positive into our lives. Personally, growing up with very prominent scars I felt like my scars were the worst part of me and that nothing good could ever come from them. I felt like I could only have a fighting chance at having a decent life if my scars went away or if I’d never had them in the first place. Read more>>

Todd Goodman | Fine Artist, Street Artist, Muralist, Musician & Photographer

Generally speaking, I loathe the use of superlatives, and I find it quite difficult to rank most things in life, be it music, art, sports, food, people, or even ideas such as values and principles. I find that being open to and embracing the rich diversity of life and variables within one’s life, the multitude of options and opportunities, varieties of experiences and ways of being, as more valuable than limiting oneself or one’s mind to a singular idea of one thing being better than all others. Life is an evolutionary, and often revolutionary process, so choosing one idea to live by, in my mind, is rather shortsighted, as everything changes over time. That being said, one principle that I would happily discuss as important in my life is authenticity. Particularly in the world of art (all forms), authenticity is crucial. Read more>>

Christopher Wallace | Founder

Integrity. For our event, Nude Art LA, integrity guides every decision we make. We recognize that we can’t do these shows without our incredibly talented artists, so we never charge them an application fee or a booth rental fee. Similarly, we believe in the integrity of the message our show conveys, and strive to ensure we create an environment that is about acceptance, inclusiveness, and finding artistic beauty in the human form, regardless of shape, size, color, sexual preference, gender identification, religion, or any other label. Read more>>