We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Elisabeth Akly | Owner of Hello Headshots

It sounds a little counter intuitive, but one habit that has helped me succeed is learning to say “no”. As a photographer, I get asked all the time to shoot weddings, families, houses, babies, dogs, etc. When I first started the business, I didn’t want to turn anyone down so I said yes to almost every opportunity that came my way. I quickly realized the meaning of the saying, “It’s better to be great at one thing, then good at a lot of things,” and I started to focus my business on what I really enjoy — portraits. While it was helpful to experience different types of photography, it wasn’t until I started to specialize in headshots that my company really flourished. Read more>>

Maxwell Bentley | Award Winning Video Marketing Strategist

A personal belief that I will be successful even if I fail along the way, a mindset to always think big, and a great attitude. Read more>>

Alexis Harris | HBCU Professor & Film Producer

Organization and consistency are key to success! I’ve been focused on my personal and professional goals for a very long time. It’s all about making a plan and sticking with it – while, of course, adapting to life’s twists and turns! Read more>>