Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Von Hughes-Stanton | Photographer & Inventory Control Coordinator

I’m from Fort Worth. Having grown up in Fort Worth I realized that I lived in a laid back town. Living in such a down to earth place meant that being a creative was a nonstarter. My father taught me that I should be independent. He always said you should to have a job not a hobby. Being a creative back then wasn’t seen as a way to generate income. I’ve had a job since I was 14 through summer work programs. Read more>>

Chris Perez | Vocalist of SHARPY

I am from St. Peterburg, Florida. Its where I spent most of my youth and although i moved alot frequently, this as close to a stomping ground i can call it. Florida is a crazy place – you’ve seen the frequent headlines. The environment alone leads for interesting surroundings. Aside from that, the idea of freedom and passion engraved in me in the form of the ocean and the beaches. I still miss it! Read more>>

Nikki Loba | Mental Health Advocate & Cosplayer

I am from the city of many cultures and varieties of cuisines; NYC born and raised! Making time to check on others is so important. As someone who suffered years with anxiety and sought help, I understand & emphasize with others dealing with mental health issues. You never know what people are going through and I try to spread positivity, awareness and love. Mental illness is not something always noticeable. Read more>>

Kelcey Colpitts-Leitch | Licensed Esthetician & Lash Artist

I am originally from a small farming and agricultural town in southern Idaho. My dad’s side of the family has always been self employed with a trucking company. I grew up around trucks my whole life and I saw hard work and what it takes to be successful daily. Read more>>

Candace Jackson M.Ed | Certified Clinical Sexologist , Relationship and Intimacy Coach

I am originally from Fort Lauderdale , Florida. I grew up in a two parent home until I was 10 years old. My mom was a Home Health Nurse and a Pastor . My Dad was a Fireman and a Minister. At the age of about 8 my mom discovered my Dad’s drug habit and cheating . She stuck with him trying to work it out but as our stuff began disappearing she decided that she could no longer be with him. Read more>>