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.

Katherine Byrnes | Vocalist

It took me a while to realize that when it comes to being a musician, talent is only a small part of being successful. Talent can get your foot in the door, but work ethic and reliability are everything. I was so fortunate to grow up with a family that took my dreams seriously. My parents always taught me that no matter what job you take on, if you agree to do something you have to give it 100%. This has influenced my entire career, from how I practice my craft to how I conduct my business. People see the final product of being an artist, and although they realize that it takes a ton of work, it’s very difficult to know from the outside exactly what that work entails. I am a singer … but that also means I am a booking agent, manager, PR representative, band leader, costume designer, director, and more. Every single performer under the sun is doing multiple jobs, and the ones who succeed are the ones who rise up to that challenge. Read more>>

Brother Hannibal Muhammad | Designer, Photographer, Author & Organizer

The habit of discipline has been tremendous in me succeeding in all of my endeavors. Understanding that no matter what is going on around me I must stay disciplined and keep pushing forward. If you desire to lose weight, you must stay discipline in your eating and workout regime. If I want to be successful I must be disciplined. Another habit is the “Just Do It” habit. Nike has such a great slogan that many people look past it. I have learned through the years that when God places an idea or shows me something to not wait on it. Get up and get to it right away. There are times when I am finally laying down to rest and it is 11, midnight, and even after 1am. An idea will come to my mind and instead of going to sleep hoping to remember it in the morning knowing I am going to forget, I get up and start on it or I will start writing it down on my calendar in details of what I need to work on the next day. Read more>>

Lynn Rush | Author

I truly believe habits are a huge part in the process, whether you have a business or not. And habits are extremely personal as well. For me my key habits are: 1) my daily morning quiet time and 2) my daily morning exercise. Both of these things help with my creative flow and help get me ready to stay focused for the day’s tasks. Read more>>