Where you grew up and your background can often have surprising effects on our lives and careers. We’ve asked folks from the community to tell us about how their background has affected them.

Steve Conte | Musician, Songwriter, Singer, Producer

My Italian-American family came from Upstate New York, moved to New Jersey when I was 9 and when I was in my mid-20sl I moved to NYC. I grew up in the classic 1970’s broken home in which we were quite poor, I saw music as my way out. Not to make a million dollars but the whole fantasy of life on the road, making records, wild parties, girls, you know, things you think about as a kid. Read more>>

Amanda Wood | Young Entrepreneur & Home maker

I’m first generation American, born to Barbadian parents, born in Boston, Massachusetts. Due to family commitments, I was obligated to spend much of my time childhood in Barbados. As a result of the requirement, it led me understand my culture more, which then lead me to explore the option of having dual citizenship. Read more>>

Desire Robinson | 22 year old Celebrity Hair Stylist

I’m from Broward County Florida, born and raised in the city of Ft. Lauderdale. i started off as a kid i loved Barbie dolls & every year for Christmas i requested a head doll to practice hair. I enjoyed it! I was always determined to do hair and to one day be a hair stylist because it came natural to me , as i got older i started pursuing my own clientele throughout high school where i then progressed and made it a career. Read more>>