Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Average Takes | Media Personality – Podcast

We are from Lakeside, CA. A small town outside of San Diego. Lakeside is a very tight knit community where it feels like everyone knows everyone. The impact of being from a small town has sculpted us today. There are not many people from our town who have “made it” and that drives us to never give up. Their will be a day when everyone will know who the Average Takes boys are and when that day comes it will all have to do with our upbringing and that close tight knit community will have shaped us into a very successful business. Read more>>

Sara Tomoko Igarashi | Eyelash technician and esthetician

I was born and raised in Fukui, Japan. My mom was a traditional Japanese housewife who supported her husband, cooking and cleaning for her family every single day. She is the perfect wife and a great role model. So when I was a child, I always wanted to be like my mom. My dream was to get married, have kids, and be a mom my kids can look up to. Read more>>

Jaden Powell | Film/TV & Live Event Producer

I’m from Moreno Valley, CA, which is located in Riverside County. Most people wouldn’t know by looking at me that im transgender. I was naturally born female but transitioned to male. I mention this because in my industry I haven’t met people like me and when I see films, shows, or live events I don’t see the representation of my community and culture. I’ve had past teachers, peers, and other individuals tell me I’d be dead or in jail before I graduated high school or that if I did make it past high school life would be tough for me because I’m Black and transgender. Read more>>

Natiq Jalil | Visual Artist, activist, and founder of The Coloured Section Black Artists’ Collective

I am originally from Montgomery, AL, but moved to Denver, CO when I was 12. Lived there until I was in my late 20s, became a single dad, then moved to Pittsburgh, PA. Live there for a few years, had my first successful show, called Unfinished Business, then moved to the Bronx in NYC. Lived the for 2 – 3 years, then moved back to Pittsburgh after connecting with the woman who became my wife, the poet Crystal Noel. We’ve started an artists’ collective called The Coloured Section Black Artists’ Collective. Read more>>

Heidi Edsall Maggie Lane | Interior Designers, Stylists, and Vintage Curators

Heidi: I am from the Northwest and grew up on a small Island in the Puget Sound surrounded by nature. I grew up in a very sports oriented family and spent most of my childhood traveling to softball or baseball tournaments or playing in the woods. I’ve been a practicing outpatient orthopedic physical therapist for 12 years, after receiving my doctoral degree in physical therapy from Azusa Pacific University. For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to interior design and decor. Read more>>