We asked some folks we admire to share one piece of conventional advice they disagree with.

Rosita Lama Muvdi | Director – Writer

One of the pieces of advice I would hear the most about screenwriting, especially from professors in film school, was “write what you know.” It would be the one lesson some teachers would always resort to while viewing or reading someone’s work. I think it was a way to get filmmakers to strive for authenticity by telling stories that felt more autobiographical. But if we did that, we wouldn’t have so many of the films that have impacted us on deep, emotional levels, especially ones that take place in imagined worlds. I do, however, believe that more than writing what we know, it’s more important to write what we feel. Because ultimately, it is the emotional journey of the characters that an audience will connect to, and that emotional specificity is what makes a story universal. There is great courage and power in vulnerability. When we’re able to be connected with ourselves, we can then be truly connected to others. If we can infuse our own emotional experiences into our work. Read more>>

Charley Bell | Founder & CEO

From professors and friends to former colleagues and bosses… I have always been warned to “never trust anyone in business.” This always seemed odd: not only did it not make business sense to me, but it didn’t make practical sense either. Now, I know I’m no super amazing business mogul like (drop in super amazing business mogul name of your choosing here), but maybe this ‘logic’ doesn’t always apply depending on who you are, how you get back up after being pushed down, and what really is the purpose of starting your own business. However, when navigating my business, there were times where I contemplated heeding the “conventional advice” of not trusting anyone. When I started my own business I met a lot of people with a contrasting goal: to achieve their perpetual vision of whatever ‘wealthy’ meant to them. Something that I have seen, sadly often, is a very driven person stepping on other people to grow… financially. And, I hate to admit that I have fallen victim to this and been one of those poor ‘steps’… more than my fair share. Read more>>

Emmanuel Brossard | French Teacher and Director

I often hear that we need to have a specific goal when starting a project or have a target audience. I didn’t really worry about that when starting Encore French Lesson’s Instagram. The main intention was to force myself to always improve the way I teach French to my private students by creating educational French posts in a minimalist and appealing design and share it online so others would benefit from it. One year later, Encore’s Instagram got over 100k followers. The feedbacks from our community give me a sens of direction of what to create, what I could sell on top of our French lessons and I can see what is my main audience through analytics. To me it was mainly about improving my own skills and expressing my creativity while helping others with French. We now have an active community of 350k followers combined with TikTok. Little did I know so many people wanted to learn French on social medias. Read more>>

Shannon Ino | Freelance Project Manager / Creative Producer

I think one piece of advice that I’ve learned to disagree with is that multi-tasking makes you more efficient. Early in my career, I used to include multi-tasking as a skill on my resume, but I ended up learning that you can’t truly multi-task and be efficient. As a Project Manager, I’m constantly having to put out fires throughout the day while moving across multiple projects/tasks. I find that I’m most efficient when I’m able to prioritize what needs to get done first and then move on to the next task that needs to get done. Read more>>

Bianca Malinowski | Actor & Writer

That you have to work hard in order to succeed, that it should be hard. Don’t get me wrong, there is such a thing as honing your craft and growing as an artist. What I’m referring is the unnecessary feeling of struggle. For ten years I worked (struggled) very hard, but saw little to no success. I felt terrible about myself, like I could never do enough, like I could never be enough. Perhaps the hard work is learning how to trust, in yourself and in your dreams. When you’re aligned with yourself and your desires you will invite a level of ease into your life. Now I think about how can I be open to receive, instead of what do I need to do in order to move forward. Read more>>