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.

Nora Benko | Artist

Staying consistent is one of the most important things, especially when you don’t feel like doing anything. This, I find, is something most people (including myself) struggle with. But if you want to get somewhere, wether you are an artist or working in any creative industry, you have to do something even if it feels useless or unsuccessful in the moment because eventually it all adds up and that’s how progress is made. Besides staying consistent, probably one of the most important things you can implement not only in your artistic life but also life in general, is the right mindset. Negativity never creates a positive outcome which always becomes apperant when someone has to be creative. Read more>>

Ann Nunez | COO & Marketing Director

Habits are the exact reason for reaching your goals. It’s not about how smart, how knowledgeable, or what skill set you have–these traits help in how you reach your goals and sometimes how quickly you get there. Habits, however those are gonna get you to your destination. In my case, the top habits that have helped me succeed are as follows: 1. Adapting & Changing Perspective. I have learned how to give myself grace. Just because I have not gotten to my goal as per my deadline doesn’t mean I won’t get there. I am very ambitious and this trait’s side effects can be impatience and frustration, but once I’ve changed the perspective from, “Ugh I can’t believe this or why is this happening?” to “OK, how is this a good thing?” everything seems clear as day. 2. Morning Routine. On a spiritual and physiological level, what you do when you first wake up sets the tone for your day. DON’T GRAB YOUR PHONE WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP. I sometimes slip and do this at times, but I always try to charge my phone in the bathroom so that when I wake up I sit in bed and think about what I truly want. Read more>>

Bianca Jade | R&B/Soul Singer & Songwriter

These are some of the habits that helped me to grow: consistency, self-discipline, and getting used to doing things outside of my “comfort zone.” Read more>>

Craig McInnis | Artist

I think that consistency is one of the main components that contributed to my success. This includes many facets. First and foremost I always followthrough on what I say. From showing up on time to appointments to scheduling and completion of projects. I run my art business with a focus on exceeding expectations and making sure that the entire process is as simple as possible for the client. Read more>>

Michelle Scharlop | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Your Relationship Expert

The habits that have helped me succeed are my professionalism, my kindness, my empathetic nature, my level of confidentiality, my dedication and passion, my writing ability and my gratitude. As a clinician and a business owner, I feel that I need to maintain a high level of professionalism and do so by living with a strong set of ethics and values. I believe that kindness goes a long way and it is important to me to be a kind person. I have always been empathetic, even a s a child I was able to look at the situation through another person’s eyes and understand their perspective. In addition to the skill of empathy, I have always had the skill of confidentiality. Even before I was a therapist, if someone told me something to keep to myself, I am like a vault. This lifelong skill made it easy to adhere to the strict confidentiality laws we have as therapists. I am extremely dedicated and passionate about the field of therapy. Read more>>