If not giving up was always the right answer life would be so easy. History shows us that sometimes quitters prosper and sometimes they miss out. Knowing when to quit and when to keep going is one of the most difficult questions and so we asked folks we admire to tell us how they think through this question.

Naomi Smith | Art Director & Set Decorator

When I was younger I remember giving up too soon on something I loved and wonder what it was like if I had commit to that passion, hobby, or job where would I be. Being in the film and commercial industry as a freelancer for the last 8 years there were many moments I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. I would be transparent to my mentors and friends about my struggles and how I could get there. I can say had great support and success from the right people and that is one of the keys to success, it is not lonely climbing to the top. Self care, good living and never give up on your dreams and goals. Read more>>

Malik Salaam | Writer-Director

As a filmmaker it is sometimes very easy to think about throwing in the towel. I can remember when I first started making movies there was no such thing as streaming platforms. The best that you could hope for was to sell a bunch of DVDs in hopes of getting your film seen, and without a major distributor getting behind you it seemed like an impossibility. All the blogs that you would read, would feel so discouraging to independent filmmakers. Read more>>

Tyler Jackson-Price | Professional Voice Actor

This question I asked myself a lot in the beginning of my and her and her team and career. I started off doing stand-up comedy around 2008 and early my career of course doing bars and nightclubs and small open mics and things like that you really start getting excited about the opportunities and all the things you’re learning as you’re performing. But there was a point where I performed in this bar in Florida and I was called the N-word and derogatory names during my whole set. Read more>>