We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many brilliant, thoughtful entrepreneurs and creatives and we regularly ask them about the most important lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Bobby Zokaites | Sculptor

Everything will be okay. Sculpture, the practice and the business of large-scale sculpture particularly, the life and community of it, provides many opportunities to learn. Part of what drives my aesthetic sensibilities, is the time I spent in my youth hiking and caving through Virginia’s Blue Ridge; I was backpacking, skiing, and caving by the time I was three years old. With exercises like rebuilding carbide lamps blindfolded, early experiences established a sense of self-reliance and practicality. When I was ten, I had a bad skiing accident that broke my neck. I was in traction for two and a half weeks, and a halo for two and a half months. This was the same year that Christopher Reeves broke the same bone, Cervical 2; we consulted with those same doctors at the University of Virginia. While I’m sure they gave my parents a pretty hard prognosis, all they would tell me was that I was “stronger than Superman.” Read more>>

Austin Buchanan | Actor & Filmmaker

The most important lesson I have learned while pursuing a career in filmmaking is that I can expect myself from other people. This had helped my tremendously with a million moments but one, in particular, is that I don’t get let down as much anymore. My Students, Fellow Actors, Other Filmmakers. I can’t expect the same amount of dedication or hard work from them. My definitions and expectations will NEVER be the same as theirs. Some people expect too much out of other people. I’d like to believe it’s because they are expecting themselves out of that person. Read more>>

Marlisse Quijada | Microblading and Brow Lamination Artist

The most important lesson I have learned in my business is to trust yourself and be the advocate for your business. What I mean by this is, sometimes when are starting out in our own business, we rely on others and give responsibilities to other people. This might seem like a good idea, but from my experience, it is best to handle all business yourself, this way there are no questions or fingers being pointed. Read more>>