Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Lauren Patrick | Model & Actress

I was born and raised in Maryland, but I now reside in Ohio while pursuing my undergraduate degree. I had a huge culture shock when I moved from Maryland to Ohio about 5 years ago. Read more>>

Olivia Hughart | Musician, Composer, Advocate. Founder & Artistic Director of Key of She Jazz

Hi my name is Olivia Hughart, and I am from just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I grew up in a very musical family. Both of my parents are lovers of jazz music, and my brother is also a musician. Read more>>

Alicia Nicole | Singer, Songwriter, and producer

Hi my name is Alicia Nicole and I’m a singer, songwriter, and producer originally from San Diego. Growing up in a lax beach town definitely impacted the type of music I was exposed to. Read more>>

Jiexi Zhao | Music Artist, Music Producer, Song-writer

Hi, my name is Jesse and I’m from Beijing, China. My upbringing definitely had a major impact on who I am. My grandparents were both well-established traditional/classical singers in China. Read more>>

Craig Green | Singer and Songwriter

Well I grew up on a farm. A pear orchard to be exact. So hard work from a young age was just the norm. You can’t have fruit rotting on the tree. It’s tough physical work with no guarantee of success. Read more>>

Jamie King Colton | International Touring/Recording Artist

I was born in Buffalo ,New York where I started studying saxophone at 9 years old.The weather normally was so bad all I could do was stay home and practice. Read more>>

RB Vigneshwar | Indian filmmaker based in LA

I am from Madurai, a city known for it’s cultural impact in Tamil Nadu in India. When I was a kid, my father would take me to watch movies in theaters. Read more>>

Pascal Pristly | Singer & songwriter

I’ve been in LA my whole life born in Culver City Westwood, but raised in San Fernando valley by my mother Read more>>

Khara Campbell | Actress, author, filmmaker

I’m from a small town 30 minutes outside Boston. My Dad always worked 2 jobs- retail in the day, restaurant at night- and Mom stayed home to take care of us. Read more>>

Allie Ticktin | Occupational Therapist, Founder and Author

I grew up in a suburb of Detroit called Waterford. Growing up, I was always either playing with dolls at home or outside playing and creating new activities with the neighborhood kids – snow or sun. Read more>>

Ting Yu | Film & TV editor

I’m from Shanghai, China. I grew up in Shanghai and came to Los Angeles at the age of 25 to pursue film career. Cause you know, for every filmmaker, Hollywood is the dreamland. Read more>>

Darius Fuller | Artist

I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, some would call me cornfed. That’s a great question. Well let’s see, I come from a big, loving, wild and gifted family. Read more>>

Tiffani Gyatso | Sacred Artist

My mom came from Germany, met my father in Brazil and i was born in São Paulo in 1981. What brought my parents together was the spiritual quest they had in common and when i turned 7 years old, Read more>>

Nahshon Dion | Writer Host & Executive Producer

As a pre-teen, I was my family’s scribe and lecturer, reading and writing for my illiterate grandfather, blind grandmother, and single, dyslexic mother. Raised in Pasadena, drive-by shootings and gang violence jolted me daily with fear. Read more>>