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.

Jamar Germain | Singer-Songwriter, Actor & DJ

I was born in Brooklyn, NY but I am of Haitian descent. This upbringing had helped form me into the autonomous, proud and innovative man I am today. Being of Caribbean descent, there’s a certain level of direct determination that runs through me. I’d like to believe it keeps my eye on the prize and helps keep me humble, yet confident. Read more>>

Abigail Beebe | Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney & Owner

I was born in the Midwest, Iowa. I moved to Florida when I was 7 years old. My parents were both teachers by education and my parents taught by example that working hard typically pays off. You have to put in the time or else you cannot expect things to fall into your lap. Rather you have to want it bad enough to do whatever it takes. I think the impact my upbringing had on who I am today is my unwavering desire “to save the world” regardless of my crystal clear knowledge that I cannot. Read more>>

Ellen Jacoby | Casting Director for Film, TV, Commercials, Music Videos, Live Events & Print Campaigns

I was born in Miami, then moved to New York at an early age. I was so blessed having wonderful parents who instilled lifelong values in me. I learned respect, honesty, helping others and helping myself. My parents always believed in me and taught me that nothing is impossible if you’re positive and weigh all the options. They sent me to college where I received a degree in education. My parents thought I would be a good teacher. My path took me far away from teaching. . .I was a singer and a dancer who fell off the stage and was paralyzed from the waist down. Daddy, the best Dr., helped me gt back on my feet. Through no normal circumstance, I became a professional gambler and was an international backgammon champion. Although my parents were proud, they only wanted to know when I would get my feet on the ground and become a teacher. Read more>>