We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Qadir Holloway | Artist/Musician

I think the biggest factor behind my success is me being aware of who I am. By that I don’t just mean my background and where I’m from. It’s about my strengths and weaknesses and what I’m capable of. If anything a better term to bring this to light would be “Realistic”. How a lot of people approach this is different and its a process that is very critical. It takes having an understanding of your craft beyond what you alone build and knowing how to mold things in a direction that promotes your growth. So not only is it about being your own critic, but also being a USEFUL critic of yourself, one that can promote fundamentals and individuality in to something that matters and moves people. Read more>>

Vicki DeLuzio | Blogger -Surprise AZ Mom

I have always been a very authentic person to my readers. I am a mom of three kids who homeschools and I have challenges like every other mom. My kitchen is sometimes a mess, The laundry is always going. We are always running out somewhere. My goal with the blog was for parents to know that they weren’t alone with the struggles that they were going through-whether it was to find a new place to play with their kids, finding a new doctor, a new neighborhood in a new city or just a way to make it through a rough day and they needed a place for a good laugh. In 2018, I suffered from a setback healthwise, and I did Facetimes while I was in the hospital with a central line in my neck. No makeup, fully decked out in hospital gear. I had so many business partners and readers write to me and thank me for having the courage to come out and show my struggles. I have strived to be a resource to people around the valley for the seven years my blog has been in operation. Many people come to Arizona without knowing anyone, find my blog and need a friend. Read more>>

Karie Hicks | Baker and Owner, Butter Bakery LLC

It’s hard to say one thing, but I’d have to say my heart. I have always, always loved baking and when I was able to have my own bakery it was like pouring my heart out. It had been years and years of thoughts and ideas brought to life, so in a way it made for some easy decision-making as far as the name of the bakery, the color for branding and the style for marketing. Butter Bakery is very much “me”. I use real ingredients in my baked goods, real butter, homemade vanilla, all the good stuff. When I was working with Keola Creative to design my logo, I wanted the rustic, simple style, and he encompassed it completely. I love it, the color and everything. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. As a young adult, I always struggled with what I wanted to do with my life, but some life experiences brought me to the place to take the leap and when I am baking, I feel peaceful and productive. I put a lot of my heart into what I bake because I want people to have good memories from the moments when they are enjoying their sweet treats and who they share them with. Read more>>

Hannah Meluch | Portrait Photographer

The single most important factor behind the success of my business is my connection with my clients. No client is simply a client, they are immediately friends. When a client invests in photography from me, I invest myself in getting to know my clients. We cheer each other on in our successes in our business and personal lives, chat about vacations, and always bond over Mom life. Read more>>