It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day, but it’s important to stop and ask: what’s the end goal? Knowing where you are trying to go is step one in getting there and so we’ve asked some folks we admire to tell us their end goal and where they want to be by the end of their careers.

Justin Taite | Filmmaker

To be the best damn version of myself (as we narrow it down), to do what I say I’m going to do. My days of, “wouldn’t it be cool if…” conversations are over. Establishing a footprint in cinema, leaving dent in history, having the creative freedom to be able to create ANYTHING no matter the budget, this is what it’s all about! There’s no sugar coating it, I’m all in. I’ll write movies, direct movies, act in movies, produce movies, watch movies and then do it all over again. I love movies. Period. Read more>>

Josh Katz | Queer Painter and Mural Artist

I think about this question all the time. As I grow I’m constantly reasking and reevaluating my vision. However, my dream right now is to continue developing as a mural artist. I want to be able to paint large-scale, multistory, photorealistic but funky murals that are overtly Queer and that will increase representation for the LGBTQ community in street art. I hope to build an extensive portfolio of these murals in cities around the world. Read more>>

Tim Kobza | Guitarist, Producer and Music Professor

Hopefully the remainder of career will be a continuum of what I’ve been doing thus far, that includes performing, practicing, teaching, composing and producing music. I don’t think that there’s necessarily a stop date, I’ll continue endeavoring and engaging if I’m having fun and as long as the spirit mind and body will allow. initially I set out to be the best overall musician that I could be and that that path and my passion would lead to me surrounding myself with the best musicians and artists around, so far so good. I’ve always valued the creative flow and I will continue to write and produce music that I’m interested in exploring. Read more>>

Martaveous Holliday | Designer

The end goal is to make sure I create clothing that a lot of people love and want to wear. I want to work with a big company like Nike,Adidas or New Balance to collaborate on new designs preferably shoes. Read more>>

Don Cody | Musician

I just want to be remembered as the guy that successfully did whatever he set his mind too. I want to show people that sometimes those born with a plastic spoon instead of silver can still end up on top. Read more>>

Benjamin Robinson | Music Editor, Composer, and Producer

This is a tricky question, because for most of my life, the answer has changed every single day. Not too long ago I would have told you I wanted to be a Late Night talk show host. Another few months and I would have said I wanted to be a producer of animated films. Record producer, shoe designer, professional yo-yoer (yo-yoist?), music editor, book store owner, the list goes on and on. Read more>>

Andrea Hickey | Actor

I have big dreams and goals, but it’s important to me to celebrate all of my successes along the way, big and small! I am a huge visualizer. I make vision boards every year and add my new one to my previous board. I believe that the goals I have added on my board that haven’t yet come to fruition are still in motion. Read more>>

Alison Miller, PhD | CEO of The Dissertation Coach and The Academic Writers’ Space

The end of my career seems like it would be the end of my life. It is hard to imagine that I won’t guide and support others in some way as long as I am capable of doing so. Whenever that end is, I hope that I have successfully built communities where people feel safe and true growth, learning, and healing take place. I hope these communities flourish independent of my presence and evolve beyond what I can imagine. Read more>>

Grace Yee | Actor & Writer

To set a goal is to put a dream into action. You won’t know how you are doing to get there, but that you will get there. My fairy tale dream is to be a show runner of a comedy show that brings joy and laughter to the world. The world has become a pretty dramatic place and I would love to create a show that everyone can relate to, talk about, and laugh about! Read more>>

CB Mullen | Actor & Filmmaker

I’m a professional filmmaker and actor. But in an era that has phased out the need for actual celluloid film, is debating sending movies to theaters, let alone uses the VHS tapes that got me hooked on movies…what does filmmaker actually mean anymore? To me, it means seeking out every opportunity to work with producers, on screen talent, and camera crews in any capacity I can.  Read more>>

Alissa Wyle | owner and director of Holy Smoke Photography

What I like about this question is that it is not how I approach my career or life and I’d like to speak on that. When I was a kid I pined for notoriety, wanted to achieve an elusive “success” by being in the spotlight. I saw things much more starkly thinking if I did not achieve fame, I would be a failure. Read more>>

Clay cassis | Chef Il Fiore

the end goal for us is to have a fully flourished restaurant where the team and the guests can both be happy and confident that they were a part of something special and hopefully a real connection, whether that feeling came from the plate in front of them or someone who they interacted with throughout the stay at Il Fiore. Read more>>

Gail Williamson | Media Advocate, Talent Agent and Diversity Department Head at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Assoc. Talent Agency

The end goal: seeing people with disabilities and differences fully included in our society. Narrowing my focus I personally want to impact images of people with disabilities in the media because I believe the media is a educator, influencer that people invite into their homes and are educated passively. I’m getting closer to my end goal, but I have been at it for over 30 years now and have seen a big change in the images we are influenced by. Read more>>

awfultune | Musician

The end goal is always to be happy. I feel like no matter where my career goes, it’s really important for me is to stay grounded and live my life doing what I love. I forever want to be surrounded with good people and positive energy. Read more>>

Yonatan Tal | Animator and Director

10 years ago, my mom sat me down and we together we wrote a prediction of what I would do in the next 10 years. Last week we opened that “time capsule”, and I was shocked to discover that everything I wrote came true. I predicted that I would move to the US to get a BFA degree in Animation (I went to CalArts), that I would then work in the states for a few years (I worked at Disney TV for 2 years), and that I would open my own business (last year I opened Parade Animation, a studio that specializes in narrative VR animation). Read more>>