We have the good fortune of connecting with so many bright, accomplished folks from a variety of industries and we often ask them to tell us what they feel has been the most important factor behind their success. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Tal Kamin | Artist & Entrepreneur

As the youngest of 4 and an immigrant to the US at 7 years old, I have always been passionate about bringing people together. Now, as a Senior at the University of Michigan studying Dance and Economics, I have learned to employ my talents towards my greater purpose. Consequently, my founding of We Are Queens, a 501c3 women’s empowerment nonprofit committed to redefining the future of women in the arts, was almost coincidental. Read more>>

Heather Chesky | Photographer Coach & Mentor

Though there are many factors behind success, I would say one of the most important factors behind mine, is stewardship. Now stewardship isn’t a word that’s thrown around a whole lot in everyday life so let me take a moment to define it. Stewardship is how faithful you are with what you have now. It’s how well you manage what’s in front of you. Read more>>

Katy Rushing | Artist & Physician Assistant

For me, the most important factor behind my success of my brand is passion. When it comes to creating anything, and in my case, painting, I find that if I do not have passion behind what I’m creating, I am not as pleased or feel frustrated by the final product. My success comes from how I feel about my finished product/creation and if I am proud of it, then I feel that I am successful. Read more>>

Shunté Dupree | Jewelry Maker & Retail Geek

Creativity. It’s part of everything and it’s how we connect with others and find our place and purpose in the world. There’s a vulnerability that comes with being creative, but it’s freeing and so beautifully human. Read more>>

Katelynn Rentería | Award-winning Author & Motivational Speaker

Being able to demonstrate perseverance when pursuing something you’re passionate about is a quality I admire greatly, and I think it’s a valuable skill to be able to keep moving forward in making your dreams come true, regardless of how hard it may be or how long it may take. When working as a creative professional, it is important to recognize your ambitions, and the capabilities you have within you to make those dreams come to life. Read more>>

Michelle, Michelle Osborne, Zada | Dance Up Dallas Summer Intensive Co Founders

For us, we believe that hard work pays off and people will always remember your work ethic. This value for us shows itself in many ways. Hard work for Dance Up Dallas is arriving early and warming up to be ready and prepared for class, staying after class to go over notes and choreography, researching choreographers and movement aesthetics and assisting classmates with movement vocabulary. Your reputation always follows you, and we want our dancers to be resilient and respectable young adults that are able to navigate life, utilizing these tools within class, as well as in the outside world. Read more>>