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.

Aileen Ruiz | 3D Animator, Graphic Designer, 3D Artist and Digital Media Creator

Several factors have influenced my success. Nonetheless, I believe that persistence, effort, and determination were the keys to open the door of opportunities to my life for many reasons. This has helped me to never give up, to learn from my failures, and to fight against the odds of being without my parents since a young age. I use every unfavorable moment in my life to impulse myself to do better Read more>>

Jonny O’Brien | Founder and C.E.O of Voyage Pro

Voyage Pro is my brand, it’s a Phoenix Video Production company. We always strive to make top quality video content. The most important factor behind my success would be focus. I think everybody needs to have a goal and vision of what they want to achieve and it’s important for them to stay focused on it. It’s crucial not to stop working toward what that is. With that being said, correcting yourself toward the goal is also an important factor. Read more>>

Chelsea Gaytan | Wedding Planner + Day-Of Coordinator

The most important factor behind the success of Black Tie Optional’s brand is it’s very clear brand personality – I decided to go unapologetically desert-boho-chic. This has proven to be a wise move because it’s attracting my ideal clientele! The couple that wants that romantic, whimsical, outdoor wedding that’s a little off-the-beaten-path… you are my people!  Read more>>

Brittany Kidd | Event Planner & Nonprofit Founder

The most important factor behind my success is my drive. I refuse to give up, I never say no to a challenge, and I face every obstacle head on. Without my drive and dedication to my brand, I never would’ve made it through the first year in business. Read more>>

Melissa Lamson | Founder & Executive Partner

There are many factors; education, certifications, years of experience… But the most important factor has been the ability to create successful solutions for some of the the best leaders and companies in the world. Impact and results brings referrals to more great clients. Read more>>

Maja Shining | Vocalist/Pianist/Thereminist and songwriter in Forever Still

Hard work and honesty in the product. When we started the band, it wasn’t because we wanted to make a lot of money or be recognized around the world. It was because we actually had something to say, something we felt like, we needed to share with the world and the world responded that they needed to hear it. Read more>>

Ivy Smith | Videographer & Photographer of Ivy Rose Film & Photo

The most successful factor behind my brand is keeping it fun, honest, and personal! My clients become my friends. I encourage them, laugh with them, and sometimes get invited back to important events over and over again! I want them to know they can be blissfully themselves. I work for them, not the other way around! Read more>>

Alexander Lopez | Strength and Conditioning Coach

The most important factor behind my success is my family. My family is not only supportive but also motivates me to push through and succeed. Read more>>