To pivot or to persevere? Or more bluntly – to give up or to not to give up? This is a haunting question, a question that has ramifications far after an answer has been chosen and it’s also a question that almost everyone in our community has had to face at one time or another. How do you know when to give up and when to keep trying?

Cyrina Fiallo | Actress, Writer, Creator

As an actress and a writer, I’m forced to think about this question a lot. Rejection is such a huge part of my career and sometimes it feels impossible to keep trying. For as many successes as someone might experience, there are, at best, double or triple the failures. For me, it’s important to remind myself exactly why I got into this business in the first place. I’ve always been a creative person, but it’s connecting with other human beings that fuels me. I love people’s stories, their uniqueness, their motivations. Read more>>

Venus X Engima | Artist & Model/Actress

The short answer? Look within. Know yourself. The Venus-length answer? Look within, know yourself, and ask yourself that question, “do I want to keep doing this or do I want to give up?” It’s similar to figuring out whether you want to keep dating somebody or not. It helps to self-reflect and be more honest with ourselves, instead of only believing what we want to be true. As a friend of mine said, “talk to yourself more.” I do this sometimes, out loud, usually when no one’s around (it helps). Read more>>

Ari D. | Chef & Baker and all things amazing!

I remember that I will always to bake and eat and share with as many people as possible what I love! Read more>>