Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on.   What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story.  We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Alexandra Thomas | Photographer

Constantly reaching out for new opportunities and not giving up when things don’t work out right away. Read more>>

Andrea Castaneda | Founder & Design Director

I think there are very important factors behind any brand’s success: the product/service, the customers, the team. While it sounds pretty obvious, a brand needs to offer something desirable in order to succeed. Whether you want to be the best, the cheapest, the fanciest, etc in your category, people still need to want it for the brand to thrive. Customers are very important, as they are the ones that will keep your company blooming. Read more>>

Carolina Herrera | Personal Yoga Teacher

I find my Personal yoga time to be my unique time to explore breathing and meditation, on my own terms. Slowing my breathing down and allow me to connect to my brain in a conscious manner. I created Personal Yoga Books, and groups to continue to learn, stay committed and grow with this personal practice. SUCCESS: For me, its a 7 letter word I practice success, 7 days out of the week. I created a system that works to remind me about success. Whether it is at work, home, or my own personal needs. Read more>>

Dianna Booher | Author & Leadership Communication Expert

The single most important thing that has built my brand is providing practical, useful information in my books, keynotes, and training programs. When I started my business, I knew that selling was NOT my strength (although I’ve sold enough to build a great business and have been fortunate enough to sell the training branch of my business). But that’s really NOT what I set out to do. My driving force was something bigger–beyond a company. Read more>>

Megan Luman | Celebrity Makeup Artist

As a professional makeup artist, my success actually comes from a variety of factors. There isn’t just one quality or one skill that has contributed to my career. It is truly an accumulation of years of experience. The main three I’ll focus on are Professionalism, Humility, and Passion. Being “professional” encompasses so many qualities in my opinion. Punctuality, respect for others, preparedness, effective communication, and the willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. Read more>>

Maggie Hassinger | Makeup Artist

I believe the most important factor in my success is my perseverance and networking abilities. Moving from another state to Dallas, I had to rebuild my clientele which took time and patience. Forming relationships with other artists and industry professionals are is so important. Read more>>

Preston Watson | Hair Artist

I am not sure there is only one important factor that has contributed to the success of my brand. I believe the two most important factors are my innate ability to always focus on the positive and the determination to succeed. My parents kicked me out when I was 16 for being gay and I was homeless for quite some time. Instead of allowing it to consume me and take control of me, I used it to ignite a fire inside of me that I would never be put into that kind of a situation again. Read more>>

Kayla Anderson | Owner, Founder, Licensed Esthetician & Esthetics Instructor

I would have to say that the most important factor behind my success, and the success of my brand is….empathy. Being an empathetic individual has allowed me to fully understand what each of my clients’ is looking for and how to better help others. This has given me the ability to build a loyal clientele, because each person leaves knowing that I have their best interest at heart and will always strive to make their experience better! Read more>>

Nicole Chamberlain | Founder & Jewelry Designer

Having personal relationships with loyal clients, a supportive community and giving back is the driving force behind the success of Urbane Cole. Before COVID-19 hit, I went through training/educational classes of human sex trafficking and was setup to volunteer weekly at a local safe house in hopes of teaching survivors how to create and make their own jewelry. The goal is to bring awareness to this epidemic and to actually do something about it! If I can help one woman see the light at the end of a dark tunnel, well, then that’s a HUGE success I’d say. Read more>>