There are so many factors that affect how our lives turn out, but one of the most interesting is how our backgrounds give us unique strengths and perspectives that affect who we are as adults. We asked rising stars from the community to tell us about their background and upbringing and how they feel it’s impacted who they are today.

Dylan Perlot | Fashion Photographer

I was born and raised in a small town of Eastern France. Everything I’ve lived throughout my childhood impacts how am I am today as an artist. First of, I always draw part of my inspiration from something I’ve lived or knew as a child, this has become a part of my creative process. I also reflect a lot on the past, how I’ve changed and how I’ve learnt to differ myself from what I didn’t agree with for instance. In other words, the good moments and struggles I’ve been through shaped the person I am today. Read more>>

Angela Chee | On-Camera/Communication Coach, Keynote Speaker/Emcee, Host of “The Power Of The Only” podcast

I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, raised by Chinese immigrant parents. My parents came to the US from Taiwan in the 70″s. At times they lost their voices, they lost their voices to fit in, they lost their voices so I could have mine. Their sacrifice is my privilege and I don’t take that for granted. I now know this was not necessarily a trait of their personality or culture, but rather one of survival. Even though they taught me to not rock the boat and to play it safe, something bigger always called to me. Read more>>

Amy Stewart | Artist

I am from a small community in Northern BC, Canada. I spent most of my early years outdoors with my family and dogs in 108-Mile House, British Columbia. The memories of childhood and nature shape my adult imagination, and they are reflected in my paintings’. My pieces are often inspired by the feelings that come both from the natural world and from engaging fully in my community and with my loved ones. Read more>>

Classical Femmes | Music Ensemble

We are originally from Baja California; Mexicali and Ensenada respectively. Baja California shares a border with California, therefore, there is plenty of cultural diversity that is significant to the artistic community. This community has given a strong impact on new generation of artists, through disciplines such as, performing arts, visual arts, and literature. These disciplines have shaped the course of the musicality that Classical Femmes have adopted. Classical Femmes has been inspired by all the variety of factors: the border, migration, minorities, and artistic proposals. Read more>>

Mely Barragan | Visual Artist from the Borderlands of Tijuana

I am from the border, limits are penetrable. You learn a lot when your focus is local but your mentality is global. We can’t loose our roots. We are here to expand horizons and to explore new ideas in our everyday life existence. Read more>>