Where you grew up and your background can often have surprising effects on our lives and careers. We’ve asked folks from the community to tell us about how their background has affected them.

Pat Watson | Artist and teacher

I was born and raised along the California coast, born in San Francisco and living in the beach communities of Southern California. In my travels and residencies, I’ve lived along the beaches, in the mountains and on the deserts. My parents divorced when I was young and my mother had a very difficult time. Read more>>

Tyler Burr | Rapper/Hip Hop Artist

I’m originally from Muskegon, Michigan now staying in Phoenix, Arizona. Back home plays a huge part in everything I do because it makes you a type of person. How you move, how you think, how you talk.. It’s definitely a city that if I grew up anywhere else, I wouldn’t be me. Read more>>

Abigail Ann | College Student & Content Creator

I grew up in a smaller town in Arizona. Small town living motivated me to explore all of the possibilities and opportunities that my town couldn’t provide, and most of those at the time were online. I began creating content online when I was in middle school. Since I didn’t have a license and my parents worked, I was left to my own devices (literally). Read more>>