We asked insiders and experts from various industries to tell us something they think outsiders are unaware of and we’ve shared a few of those responses below.

Zeenat Siman | Professional Organizer

When people think about organizing their homes and businesses, what they usually think of is decluttering, making things neat and tidy, and creating great systems that makes staying organized easier. But what’s not always clear is that personal productivity is typically a huge part of the organizing process. I started organizing for myself over a decade ago after our youngest son was born, and back then, my goal was just to create some order and regain control over our house, and to find a spot for the ridiculous baby swing that we kept stubbing our toes on! So, I read organizing books and went at it at full speed. I spent several months decluttering, sorting, assigning homes to all our stuff. But even though I did everything the books said, a few weeks after organizing the kids’ closets, the pantry and the playroom, it would all fall back into disarray. Read more>

Justin Elliott | International DJ / Producer

From the outside looking in it can seem like the process behind making music is simple. Which in some cases it can be, with the ease of technology and a lowered entry level into being able to release music due to technological advances. Anyone with a laptop now can make a song and release it the same day. But good music, that takes time and a lot of moving parts. If you look at a lot of the major hits on the charts you will see multiple writers, multiple producers, not to mention the audio engineers that do the mixing and mastering. I have songs I started 4 years ago that are still in the process of being finished. A lot of people think its an over night thing, but for a majority of the music that is good and stands the test of time, it’s not. Read more>>

OAK | Musician

When it comes to making music, I often find myself explaining to people that rapping is not just one skill. You must master writing, recording, and performing to become an elite artist. Since a young age I’ve been a pretty good writer. So when I started making music at age 11, my lyrics were what separated me from other aspiring artists. So for the next several years I took time perfecting that element of my music. I didn’t attempt to record a song until I was 16 and didn’t perform at a show until I was 18. I realized I had a lot more work to do. I wasn’t truly satisfied with what I was making/performing until I turned 21. Around that time I could see my progress demonstrated a bit more. So really it took me about 10 years to get decent at making music, in terms of the standards I hold myself to. But each year I find myself growing in all three of those categories. Read more>>

Xenia Leonteva | Oriental Dance Artist

Oriental dance world is filled with ambiguities and controversies. To begin with, this dance form is not viewed as an art form by a general public. It doesn’t have a status of an unequivocal artistic dance form such as say ballet. Nor is it viewed as a serious dance discipline, as for instance Tango, Viennese waltz, Foxtrot, etc. Oriental dance remains an unrecognized, undefined, sometimes even undignified and unacceptable dance form. Certainly, people who engage in Oriental dance do not see the dance this way. For us it is a beautiful art form and a serious business like any dance form. Another source of ambiguity looms within the Oriental dance circle itself. There is always a question of dance authenticity, if what you do is authentic Oriental dance or a distorted version of it. Firstly, there is a cultural aspect and a tug of war between dancers from the Western world and those who were born and raised into Middle Eastern cultures. Read more>>

Janay Laing | Cooking Instructor

The demand for delicious plant-based meat, dairy and eggs is huge. It is a business opportunity like none other for the food industry – simply offer it, make it taste great and people will respond in droves. Read more>>

Ronald Thomas | Men’s Fashion and Lifestyle Influencer

So many people want to be a social media influencer nowadays because they think it’s an easy way to make money or get famous or get free stuff. What a lot of them fail to realize is how much work actually goes into it all, especially when your just starting out and trying to build your “brand”. As an example, I do it all myself, negotiating with brands, shooting and editing all my content, coming up with concepts as well as continuing to post constantly to my Instagram and other social medias. The success I’m having now definitely didn’t come over night and is challenging at times to upkeep it all but when you actually enjoy creating content, it doesn’t really seem like work. Read more>>

James A. Hicks | CEO of Hicks Financial | Asset and Wealth Management

One thing about this industry that most outsiders are unaware of is only around 15% of financial planners, advisors or consultants are minorities. This industry does not properly reflect America and the society that we live in concerning ethnicity. One of my main goals was to be someone that my nieces, nephews, and others can look up too and also know they can be successful in the world of finance. It’s a proven fact that people feel more comfortable around others who have similar experiences and backgrounds as themselves. I want to be a representation of my culture and society within the financial services industry, as well as show a level of expertise and professionalism that any client would expect. I do not want anyone of any race, sex or background to feel uncomfortable working with Hicks Financial; Asset and Wealth Management. Regardless of your net worth, or money you have in the bank, I am willing to sit down with anyone in order to help them reach the next level financially. Read more>>

Athina Garcia | Social Entrepeneur

This is definetley an interesting question for us. Usually brands are categorized under one industry. ” Fashion industry” No Name Just People is a whole different story. I would like to Begin by saying that we are not a brand. We are a project that uses design as an economical and social development tool. With That being said lets get into the question.. No name just people works within two “Industries” we work with the Design industry and with the political one. Our project finds its essence by working at the intersection of this two. The design and fashion industry is relatively new to me .. I hold a bachelors degree in government and have no background in Fashion other than my appreciation of it .. Working in this industry has allowed me to discover that the Design industry or the fashion industry is not necessarily banal or superficial. You can design with purpose and actually its impact is so broad that it can become a powerful tool of change if directed properly. Read more>>

Susana Ramirez | Executive Director, Save The Sharks

The shark science and shark conservation world are overwhelmingly filled with white males. Rarely do you see women, and even fewer than that will you see Latinas. When I went to school during my undergrad, I wasn’t always privy to that because South Florida tends to trick you into thinking you’re a part of the majority, but in the “real world” it was nowhere close to what the South Florida populations looked like. In fact, looking back on it, most of my college professors and mentors were white males. Things are definitely beginning to change for the better, but we still have a long way to go. Read more>>

Adam Kaplan | Producer

Our industry is a 24/7/365 industry, since we work with clients all around the world we are on call all day every day to make sure our clients are serviced. We are constantly scheduling meetings and jobs in different time zones with clients in different countries so our day starts pretty early servicing our clients from one coast and ends late servicing the west coast. Read more>>

Jared Peralta | Photographer

There’s a few things that i find difficult to explain to others when i talk about the industry, even though I’m not high in the ranks or have been doing this for long, its still something Ive noticed. When people ask for a shoot the next general question is about my rates but they fail to realize what the rate covers and the amount of effort it takes to plan, produce, execute and the difficulty of post production. A higher rate especially coming from anyone who is self produced should be respected as well as when the photos are delivered. I have ran into situations where a client will ask me for unedited photos, which i decline every time. Since this is such a competitive industry i want to show case the best work possible in the amount of photos i select. A lot of people are unaware of how self deprecating and underpaying it can be when situations like these arise. Read more>>

Uri Redler | Director Of Luxury Sales @ The Poston Redler Group

It’s hard work. Some outsiders see the glamorous side on TV and think that it’s easy money but they are unaware of how much work it takes to make that deal go through. You fight for every deal and every commission. The bottom line is to get your clients the best possible outcome. Read more>>