We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Barbara Kemp Cowlin | Artist/Painter

Way back when I was in art school, one of my professors liked to say “Let inspiration find you working” (a shortened iteration of a statement by Picasso). This has stuck with me and it’s probably the most important thing I’ve used to develop the habits I have today. I have a schedule that I stick by, Monday through Friday and sometimes on the weekends. Mornings are for the business part of being an artist: exhibition submissions; researching galleries; social media posts on Instagram and Facebook; keeping my data base of paintings updated; creating a bi-monthly newsletter; maintaining my mailing list and more. The afternoons are for painting, usually about 4-5 hours. During this time, I focus on my work and stay clear of distractions. Friends have been trained not to call during my painting time. Read more>>

Deborah Allen | Wedding and Portrait Photographer

While everyone has their own definition of success, there are three habits that have made my vision of success a reality. First, I have learned to create my business goals using baby steps in order to achieve new heights. This is not a new concept, but it is one I have failed many times. Having my short and long term goals physically posted keeps me aware of where I am and where I want to go. Otherwise, a tucked away Word document became out of sight and mind, which prevented me from moving forward. It was easy to lose sight of short and long term goals if I did not have them posted in plain sight. Second, prioritizing and keeping balance is a must. Which is more fun: laundry or updating my website? I usually feel my life is balanced but delicately. This concept is similar to washing dishes; it requires work that is never ending. I remember learning this concept as a teenager. Read more>>

Natasha Lowe Osho | OB/GYN Physician & Certified Personal Trainer

I believe the following habits are crucial to my success: 1) Starting each day with a “clean slate” mentality 2) Saying a prayer for wisdom before starting my work day 3) Approaching life with a “bigger than me” mindset 4) Honoring my commitments 5) Making thoughtful financial decisions 6) Staying up to date with current events 7) Eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner 8) Getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night. Read more>>

Fabiola Bedoya | Photo Artist

The top habits I feel have helped me succeed are; Creating a Vision Board- Every new year I create a vision board. I gather magazines and cut out words and phrases of what I want to accomplish and accompany them by captivating images. This provides me a visual reminder that I hang up in my room, so every day when I wake up I see it, that alone plants the seeds of what I want. Showing Up- I try to attend and join events and workshops that seem interesting to me that are out of my usual comfort zone. Even though I may feel out of place, I still show up and to this day I have never regretted attending anything. Only Compete With Myself- In this age of social media it is so easy to compare and start feeling bad about where you are in life, so I switch my mindset and choose to only try doing better than I was yesterday. Read more>>

Adam Mann | Designer & Photographer

Two things come to mind when I think about what habits have helped me succeed: cultivating community, and following my passions. We’ve all heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. I believe there’s a lot of truth to that statement, but not in the salesy, superficial manner that it’s often referred to. Based on my own experiences, and from what I’ve seen of others that are much more successful, I think a large part of success can be directly attributed to putting yourself out there and building a community of friends and colleagues that have similar (or complimentary) interests. When I was getting started as a graphic designer, I’d frequently reach out to people who’s work I admired to share a compliment, ask a question, or just have a chat. Back in the pre-Covid days, that often led to grabbing a coffee or beer if they were local. I’ve done the same thing more recently as a photographer. Read more>>

Tk Art | Graphic Artist

Always working. To be an entrepreneur you have to be willing to work and work hard in order to get to where you want to be.. Especially at the beginning stages when just getting your feet wet into whatever industry you decided to be in. Have to be willing and love to work. Early mornings and late nights is one habit I have that helped me come as far as I have. Read more>>