Most people say they want success, but when you ask them what success means you get wildly different responses. We recently asked some of the best and brightest in our community to tell us about how they define success and have shared their responses below.

Rose Ftz | Actor, Editor, Director, Producer+

At the beginning of my acting career I used to say, “I’m happy to be a poor artist, as long as I’m not a starving one.” As long as people fed me, anything else (aka money) was a bonus. The first independent film I acted in, Ode to Mary Shelley (2011) with Nac Film Theory, paid me in tacos from Taqueria El 21 and I was over-the-moon with the delicious food and good company. Read more>>

Ebony Parker | Residential Loan Officer

I believe one can be considered successful when they have set a goal and decided to achieve it meeting many milestones along the way. As a Residential Loan Officer, some may consider one successful based on the amount of income earned yearly, however, I like to take a different approach. I decided to journey this career path as I wanted to normalize homeownership for my peers and I believe I have eaten away at this goal significantly. Have I reached my ultimate definition of success as a LO? No, however, it is like eating an elephant, I am taking one bite at a time and hoping to not only assist my peers but generations to come. Read more>>

Kristina Jobe | Hair Stylist & Salon Owner

This is actually a really great question. I think success is a lot like love. Everyone’s idea of it is different, and there is no right or wrong answer. In my opinion, you are successful if you are happy and reaching your goals. I consider myself to be successful because I am currently living the life I once dreamed of. Success is also not finite. It’s an ongoing journey, morphing and changing with your growth. What you consider to be successful today might not be success in 5 years. To gain success, you must be uncomfortable. Never settle! You fail when you stay stagnant. Always look for ways to improve and be a better person than you were yesterday. Read more>>

Telsa Gilmer | Community Herbalist

I define success by the number of times you get back up and try again! There is always a possibility that the process wont be smooth.But with failure there is progress and ultimately success. Read more>>

Claudia Guajardo | Fashion Designer & Vocalist

Having the ability to overcome any obstacles with ease. It reveals a mental strength and self-discipline needed to lead. You have a choice to be influenced by distraction and get overwhelmed or stay on track and be ready to keep up with the changing business trends. Read more>>