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?

Hannah Hokit | Country Music Singer/Songwriter

HOW TO KNOW WHETHER TO KEEP GOING OR TO GIVE UP? I’ve thought a lot about the decision to throw in the towel over the past couple years, but I’m still standing here and very proud of it. For my career as a singer/songwriter, the competition is large and the recognition is very slim. Over time, the uphill battle has felt more like a never ending climb. I see friends and peers around me thriving in the music business and it’s impossible to not feel a little envious. Read more>>

Anthony Medaglia | CEO of Bad Product

Giving up on us in any domain of our life is never even a choice, so it’s easy to keep going. While the long process of growth at times becomes frustrating and tests patience, giving up is never an option. Matt and I started our brand Senior year of H.S as young 17 year-olds. Entering the industry with nothing but an idea. No background knowledge in business, fashion, marketing, or where to even start. We simply had an idea, made an Instagram, and learned through experience. Read more>>

Austin Leih | Film Director

Film has contributed to such a staggering amount of my life’s meaning. The process of filmmaking is seemingly all-encompassing- equally chaotic and systematic, cerebral and instinctive. At the age of 4 or 5, I became obsessed with filmmaking. It was this catch-all for my tangental interests, and I quickly recognized it as a way to sort out the flurry of excitement inside of me. From this early age, I couldn’t envision myself doing anything else with my life. Read more>>