We asked experts from a broad range of industries to open up to us about things they know about their industry but that we probably don’t and we’ve shared some of those responses below.

Anna Obolonskaya | Birth and newborn photographer

Photography industry is a very busy industry with relatively easy entrance point. Every one is a photographer, because all it takes it to press a button if you look at it in a simplified way. When it comes to Birth and Newborn photography, you are stepping into a different world. It’s beautiful, raw and vulnerable. What’s expected of a professional photographer on. that point is to have a combination of knowledge in different fields. It’s first and foremost an artistic eye and sharp technical photography skills. Read more>>

Larry Wells | Rapper

That is it more than just making music. You have to be aware about what’s going on, be up to date on how the industry is running, market yourself both organically and through paid ads, you have to network, and the list goes on and on. And you have to be very smart and strategic if you want to be successful. Read more>>

DeArtae Comanche | Entrepreneur

Being a photographer/videographer it’s more than pointing a camera,it’s a feeling you get when you’re capturing the moment. Read more>>

Nicole Callis | @nicoleamcintosh

I think something a lot of people don’t realize about the influencer/blogging world is how much behind the scenes goes on. A lot of people think its just taking pictures and trying on clothes when in fact thats only a small portion of it. There is lots of business negotiation, taxes, planning, analytics, etc. Read more>>

Melissa Lenhardt | writer

There isn’t much money in publishing. The deals for millions you read about online? Those are usually celebrity memoirs or political non-fiction. The usual suspects on the NYT bestseller lists are insanely rich not only because they’re household names (think Stephen King and Nora Roberts) but also because of TV/Movie rights. Most writers get insultingly small advances and sell books in the low four figures. TLDR: publishing a book isn’t going to set you up for retirement. Read more>>