We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Maria Jibaja | Female Tattoo Artist

Creating a community. Asking questions, giving out advice or recommendations. It’s always important to keep growing within your community of artists, seeking knowledge and showing interest in learning everyday Read more>>

Jennifer Maitland | Plus Size Model

For my business, the habits that have helped me succeed the most would probably be my work ethic and always being able to see ahead. As a full time model, you wouldn’t think the fashion industry would be something you would need particular “good habits” to succeed in. However it is quite the opposite. As Tyra Banks once said ,” Any model can book a job, but only a good one can re book it again.” Being on time, being prepared, taking care of my physical self are all things I pay attention to in order to be successful at my job. Read more>>

Rayanna Burse | Entrepreneur

I know it’s cliche to say but not giving up really helped my success. On days when I didn’t feel inspired or being creative I would look at my old photos. I would find different techniques or shooting styles to try to bring the spark back, and it worked. On days where I didn’t always know how I wanted to shoot or do something I would just wing it. I never gave up on keeping my creative flow, and found new ways to challenge myself. Read more>>

Niallah Cooper-Scruggs | Pastry Chef & Owner of Sugar Queen Bakery

I don’t quite think I am successful yet, I know my business and I still have some growing to do, but I would say the main thing that has kept me grounded is prayer. Every time I have prayed over my business, God has truly come through in ways I couldn’t have even imagined. When I have hard days, I am reminded of all the blessings he has given my family and I and I am still in awe that He is not even done yet. I believe in God’s promises and I believe that He always delivers in His perfect timing. Having a community around me that also believes in prayer has been a big part of my grounding. Running a business is never easy, but I truly believe that when you surround yourself around people that are trying to acquire success and put God first, nothing can stop you. With God, nothing is impossible! Read more>>

Nadine Machado | Fashion Curator, St

The habit that helped me was to always surround myself with the people who are aligned with entrepreneurship. Also, my family is very supportive emotionally. I do my best with maintaining a positive attitude. Working out has helped me a lot with staying dedicated and focus. When I have too much on my mind I take a moment to pause so I can make clear decisions. Read more>>

Takeisha Hardaway | Music Producer, Composer, Author, Video Game Designer and Artist

The habits that I feel that helped me to succeed are having a positive attitude and taking action and staying focus and also visualizing myself while thinking about the future. Read more>>