We asked some of the city’s rising stars about why they think they have been so successful and we’ve shared their responses below.

Rahshawn Merrick | Photographer/Creative Director

The habits I feel helped me succeed is the ability to see a “No” as a challenge to be and become better. Finding a different way or working on a different approach is my common response to business “No’s”. Another habit that has helped me succeed is to subject myself into tough criticism from qualified and more experienced colleagues. I’m very aware that art is subjective but it still doesn’t negate the fact that gifts still need to be groomed to be greater. Read more>>

Timira Washington | Published Author

Planning well starts with figuring out what you want and writing it down in detail. It’s important to have clarity on your definition of success. This is the foundation for your plan. Always develop good habits You can have big dreams, great goals, and still fail. Read more>>

Christian Orr | Photographer & Videographer

Honestly writing out goals and affirmations, You often hear people say there is power in the tongue and that’s indeed true. When you write those affirmations out and read them at least once a day you will see yourself putting more energy into the things that you have written down, It becomes your focus. Read more>>

Jared Brown | Artist

I don’t think you’d know it from my work, but I’m a perfectionist. You wouldn’t know it because if I listened to my inner perfectionist I would just give up and never make anything. Obviously you have to have a certain amount of persistence to overcome obstacles, but one of the most important things I’ve learned is to trust your intuition while staying true to yourself…Read more>>

Ranata Simmons | Owner & Creator

There are three habits I feel have aided in my success. The first is continuous research on the industry, marketing, branding, etc. I never stop trying to learn more so that my business can continue to grow and be successful. Read more>>

JaQuandice Andrews | Singer/Songwriter, Choreographer & Creative Director

Making every day count by being intentional with my 24 hours helps me succeed. I journal daily writing 3 things I’m grateful for, reflecting and ending it with a prayer. Every day can look different but implementing daily habits will allow for tasks to become second nature when trying to build towards success. I read a book titled, “The Power of Habit” and it’s changed my outlook on life in general. Having a cue, turning it into a routine and looking forward to a reward is so worth it. Read more>>

Delight Divine | Artist & Educator

Some habits that have helped me succeed are: continuous self-development, intentional networking, and effective planning. Read more>>