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.

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies | Deputy Director, Dallas Contemporary

My personality is quite action oriented, which has always helped me embrace challenges as opportunities and figure out creative solutions to problems. I possess a knack for innovation and always try to nurture a mentality that goes beyond the obvious to really push boundaries and think outside the box. I have tried to do this as much as possible for all organizations I have supported. Before joining Dallas Contemporary, I was the Director of External Affairs at Creative Time, where I drew on my communications background to innovate development strategies, which resulted in greater cross-pollination across departments and collaborations across disciplines. I am bringing a similar approach to my role at Dallas Contemporary. Read more>>

Lavielle Huff | Hair Color Artist

Honestly being disciplined. I don’t cut things short and find excuses if it’s something that I want to achieve. I’m big into fitness as well and keep myself going to bed and waking up around the same times to keep myself on a set schedule. I meal prep and all that too. Being disciplined in other important aspects of my life keep me grounded in my career and help me not have a quiter’s attitude. We all go through spurts of ‘I don’t feel like doing this’ but holding myself accountable for so long helps push me through that mental block. Read more>>

Tymeka Hay | Festival Coordinator/ Event Specialist

My parents have always taught me about hard work. I believe that it has been instrumental to my success. Read more>>