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.

Kim Shults | Learn-To-Swim Expert

Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1-14. These are startling statistics from the CDC. Unfortunately, many people aren’t aware of the dangers of drowning and the importance of swimming and water safety education from an early age. You can start in the bathtub. I start teaching babies in the water at 2 months old. Learning a healthy respect for water starts at birth and the physical and mental health benefits of learning how to swim at a young age last a lifetime. Read more>>

Ryleigh Hunter | Hairdresser

I think one thing outsiders don’t know about our industry is how extremely vulnerable this job can make you feel. Not just emotionally, but mentally and physically as well. Emotionally because we have some very deep conversations with our guests and a lot of time it feels like a therapy session, not only to them, but often times for us too and you really build strong connections with many of these people. Mentally because maybe you have someone very particular and not-so friendly in your chair so you’re under a lot of pressure, or maybe you have a really difficult color correction you’re not sure how to tackle, or maybe you haven’t had time to eat in 7 hours and you’re not operating at your best, the list goes on. Physically because you’re standing for up to 12 hours a day, 5 days a week. Being a hairdresser is incredibly taxing on your mind and body though it may not seem that way, but any hair dresser you meet will tell you they wouldn’t change a thing- its the best industry ever. Read more>>

Daisy Martinez | Freelance Artist

I believe people seem to think being a full time artist is easy because it does not require a degree necessarily. However, with a job that completely relies on you creating a new masterpiece every time you draw can be exhausting. Validating and comparing also comes with the career when you fully rely on social media for success. Read more>>

Sabrina Roualdes | Intentional Storyteller (Videographer & Photographer)

I love this question because everyone can make a video these days. Everyone has access to a smart phone with a 4k camera or a nice DSLR, but I think the downside to that for the industry is that the majority of people now believe the equipment is the art. It’s a common perception that if you have a nice camera you’ll take great pictures or make a great video, and I hate to say that is definitely NOT the case. Videography for me and many other industry professionals is regarded as an art. A way to express something to the world. For me personally, it’s a lot less about the equipment and a lot more about the story, the emotion that gets activated in someone when they watch a beautifully crafted wedding film or documentary. Not everyone with a camera is a videographer, in the same way that not everyone with a paint brush is an artist. Read more>>

Ashley Constans | Realtor

Real Estate is HARD. I think newbies look at shows on Bravo or HGTV and think that being an agent is fast cash and easy money and all of a sudden you are a “million dollar agent”. That is so far from the reality. It took me nearly 8 months from getting my license to making my first sale and I had plenty of help along the way. Real Estate is an industry about making and nurturing relationships and that can take months if not years to produce a sale. But, that is why I love my job…I get to make more than just sales and money, I get to make life-long friends. Read more>>