They say life isn’t about the things that happen to you, but about the decisions you make. There’s a ton of coverage about the best decisions people have made, but not nearly enough conversation about the tough decisions. We asked folks we admire to tell us about the most difficult decision they’ve ever had to make and have shared some of those responses below.

kayla rocca | Photographer & Director

I didn’t pursue a creative career; instead, a creative career pursued me, haha. There was no other option. Being creative is all I’ve known. I’ve always had a big imagination and was constantly daydreaming as a child. I preferred drama and tech classes vs. math and science. I never saw myself having a conventional life with a traditional career. I was more interested in seeing the world, watching films, and letting my curiosities lead me. When I discovered photography, I became utterly obsessed and couldn’t stop. This medium of creative expression possessed me and pursuing this passion unexpectedly led me to a beautiful creative career. Read more>>

Teri N | Singer-Songwriter

When I was little, my mom signed me up for every possible afterschool club she could. I did a little bit of everything – painting, ceramics, piano, violin, music theory, sports and languages. I loved doing something else every day as well as expressing myself artistically and making new friends along the way. However, when I was around the age of 11, my focus shifted towards the academic path more. I did well in school, but I wanted to do even better. I really was quite a nerd! I spend a lot of time revising for exams and doing my homework, so there was very little time for me to do anything creative at all. Read more>>

Winona Noronha | Background Painter & Visual Development Artist

Growing up, I always adored storytelling. I would create my own picture books, immerse myself in literature, and I loved to draw. But even then, I could never have imagined I would choose to carve out my own path as an artist. I came from a classic Indian immigrant family who valued studying and had backgrounds in science; art was always considered simply a hobby. I went through high school and into college undecided about my career path. A creative path was my secret dream, but it seemed impossible to achieve at the time, Read more>>