We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many brilliant, thoughtful entrepreneurs and creatives and we regularly ask them about the most important lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Melissa Tuvey | Owner & Designer

I’ve learned numerous important lessons in the past 17 years. But the one that stands out the most is when I was told “Not everyone will like you. And that’s okay.” Being in such a dynamic, thriving wedding market, the great news is that couples can find the perfect event planner for them. Sometimes that is me, and sometimes it is not. But by being authentic, showing transparency and sharing insights to my process, I’m able to align myself with couples and clients that share my thought process, organizational patterns and an immediate rapport is built. In my opinion, forcing a fit is never worth it–to both my team and to our clients. As a company, we focus on major life events, and we want to infuse as much joy as possible to the entire experience–from the first email to event day. Read more>>

Yasmin von Banke | Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Composer

In college, I took part in a Jazz Masterclass. One of the guest speakers gave the group the best advice I’ve ever received “Life is about opportunities, it’s your job to be prepared for when they happen”. The longer I’ve been in this business, the more these words seem to resinate. To be in any business you have to be adaptable. For better or worse, things Rarely happen the way (and when) you expect; but if you’re prepared and able to handle change without crawling into the fetal position crying with a neon sign above your head reading ‘Busy’, you end up finding the best opportunities are the ones you didn’t plan for. Be ready for when they present themselves. Learn your craft, budget more than you expect to spend, gather a panel of mentors that know more than you’d ever hope to know, network more than you think you need to, and don’t be so stubborn and set on your plans that you don’t notice an opportunity as it passes you by. Read more>>

Keiko Tanabe | Artist & Painting Instructor

Before becoming a full-time artist/teacher, I had a job in the corporate world. Even though the nature of my current work may seem different, I think I have always approached my career in a similar way. What I learned from these careers is, the power of passion. I believe the passion always guides you in the right direction and put you on a path to achieve your goals. Read more>>