Through our work we have been constantly amazed at the incredible things people in every neighborhood are working on. What’s even more exciting is that they all have different stories, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses. That there isn’t a single formula for success means that everyone can take their unique set of strengths and characteristics and turn it into a success story. We recently reached out to some folks we admire and asked them what characteristics they feel are responsible for their success.

Marissa Squire | Company Owner of Sweet Sentiments Princess Parties, Creative Director, & Professional Character Performer

I think the biggest thing that sets us apart from other companies is our incredibly talented cast of performers. We have cast members who have been featured in films, TV shows, they’re professional singers who have sang with some big name artists such as Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, and Pat Boone, we have girls who are professional actresses in the industry, and known within the local musical theatre and performing arts departments, as well as beautiful beauty queens. The most extraordinary thing about them all though is what they have in common which is a love for children and spreading magic and joy everywhere they go and to everyone they meet. Read more>>

Alysha Valdez | Content Creator, Dog Mom & Disability Advocate

When I started working on social media, my main intention was to make people happy and to bring more joy into the world. In a short period of time I discovered that social media was a great avenue to accomplish this intention but that it could be so much more . It became a place for me to connect with people on a deeper level and leaning into those connections and developing authentic relationships with my followers through discussions that has been beyond just cute dog pictures, (even though we all love a cute dog picture). Read more>>

Derek Larson | Winyl club

Consistency is king. We try to be as consistent as we can when the Winyl club season is going on. If we are out there every week people get familiar with the vibe and it becomes a staple of their week. They understand that they can go to the park and escape in the middle of the week every Wednesday. Consistency is also a way for the community to grow with us and feel like they are apart of the changes. It is fun seeing the same people every week and growing to know them and what our club brings to their life. Read more>>

Krista White | Marketing Specialist

Success is all about your mental state. Of course you have to be dedicated and willing to put in the hard work, but beyond that – it is being able to hit the “reset” button when things get tough. It is making a deliberate choice to get your head on right and look for solutions to problems and pushing yourself even when things feel impossible. You have to be willing to find the path to success, even if it isn’t as you originally imagined. Roll with the punches and success will follow. Read more>>

Geanna Culbertson | Author, Entrepreneur, Marketing Specialist, & Founder of The Culbertson Kingdom Literary Universe

I remember when the final Harry Potter film came out. Waiting outside the theater were hundreds of people. When I stood in line for popcorn, I found myself ahead of a trio of nine year olds and behind my math teacher (in full witch costume). Then came that moment in the sold-out auditorium when the lights dimmed and the HP logo came on the screen. Wordlessly and without prompt, across the theater fans of all kinds raised wands and dozens of tiny glimmering lights filled the theater like stars. Read more>>

Akinola Oshodi | aka ‘AkayCentric’  Songwriter / musician and entrepreneur

For me , I will say not being too comfortable with where I am , consistency is very key to me . I never give up , I might only take a short break and then I am back on the road again . Read more>>

Sol Jay | Recording Artist

In my eyes, the most important factor to succeed is mindset. Now, the mindset controls some big keys to move forward, not only in this era. I’ll summarize the top three. Consistency; as time passes and new social medias are introduced to the world, the generation’s attention span is only getting shorter. So as an artist with a following, you have to stay in their face and ears as much as possible. Patience; you can be the most talented artist releasing the best music, but get the least amount of traction for the time being. Most people give up making music, or whatever passion they may have, after their first couple months, or year, due to them not getting the results they intended. Read more>>