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.

Amy Huang | Lifestyle Wedding Photographer

Not all photographers are created equal! Why? Because photography isn’t just about pressing a button! A photographer’s mindset, experience, and ability is what separates those in the industry. To be the best of the best, it doesn’t just require a camera. It requires, first of all – the know-how to create a sustainable business – YES, it’s a business first and not a free service. But what separates the greatest photographers from those who just can’t quite get there is first of all humbleness but stubbornness! It requires continual education; training and retraining the eye; constantly pushing to grow – never satisfied with static – to be better. It requires taking risks, failing, and then getting back up again and again. And why is this all-important? Because, photography is an evidence of life and living. A photographer’s real job is to tell a story, Their job is to capture the essence of a person, the event, the emotions, and possibly even deeper – peeling away the surface to unearth something that may possibly be locked away. Read more>>

Leslie Shershow | Jeweler & Artist

I am in the field of art jewelry. It is a fairly small International community of artists that specialize in creating interesting and thought provoking wearable art. The jewelry in my field is not limited to precious materials – its value lies in skill, innovation, creativity, and design. Unlike most of the jewelry on the market, my industry creates work that is like sculpture to wear – it is often conceptually focused, thought provoking, and subversive. It pushes the boundaries of what many people consider jewelry to be. Read more>>

Phoebe Cornog | Designer & Muralist

That it’s completely male dominated. There are plenty of amazing female-identifying mural artists and designers, but we struggle to get the recognition we deserve. Read more>>

Suzanne Knight | Small Business Owner

Chinese Emperor Huizong of Song “Court Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk,” ca. 1100-1133. This is one of the oldest silk paintings, done in the first century. Silk painting precedes almost all other forms of fine art. Still, in 2020, when entering a silk painting into a gallery show or a fine art competition, we silk artists are forced to enter our art in either the watercolor category or the craft category. I find this to be insulting. It has been my quest as an artist who has been a silk painter for four decades to get a classification in the world’s galleries named “Silk Painting” in the category called “Painting”. Fine art category in most gallery includes works of art that are created primarily for aesthetic reasons. including these disciplines: Drawing – charcoal, chalk, crayon, pastel, pencil, or pen and ink Painting – oils, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, ink and wash, tempera, or encaustic paints **** WE BELONG RIGHT HERE silk painting Printmaking – woodcuts, stencils, engraving, etching and lithography, or screen-printing, foil imaging, or giclee prints Sculpture – bronze, stone, marble, wood, or clay Calligraphy – beautiful and stylized handwriting. Read more>>