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.

Courtney Brooks | Visual Artist, Independent Curator and founder of Journey of a Black Girl

Habits that has helped me succeed included daily prayer, research, and consultation from a trusted source. My faith, inner work through self reflection and trusting my intuition happens through prayer and meditation. Creating a routine that highlights my soul care to bring fourth creative visions happens internally. Once a vision or ideas surface its time to research. Studying, reviewing , reading or experiencing the subject being explored is extremely important. We want to execute what you are focused on completing to the best of your ability. So seeking consultation , having a brainstorming meeting to ask for input from a trusted source, whether from a mentor, family member or friend, is encouraged . I believe two or more heads are better than one. However make sure your not just seeking validation, trusting your intuition first but also be open to modify for something greater. Read more>>

Tera Simmons | Owner & Creator of Ten Wik’d & Home’d by Ten

Having ventured into entrepreneurship with zero experience, I knew in my mind that trial and errors were going to happen.. However, I also knew that in order to be successful, I needed to stay diligent and consistent. I realized that as long as what I delivered and promoted continuously met the product promised, my brand would flourish by not only having returning customers but through building referrals. Read more>>

Sydney Lumbreras Clifton | Visual Artist and Educator

I think the habit that has helped me grow in my work as an artist is consistently practicing my craft. The other day I was looking through my drawings to pick some for a market and I saw how much growth had happened in the last few years. That growth and the discoveries I’ve made are due to the sheer amount of drawings that I have produced. Read more>>

Heather Rogers | Professional Organizer

Perseverance is key. You have to keep trying different marketing and customer service tools even after you find a few that work. Times change and you need to be flexible and open minded enough to change too. Read more>>

Kimberly Oberheu | Chief Creative Officer

One of the most important habits is being ok to take time, real time to work “on the business” not just ” in the business”. Habit of knowing when to have fun! Connecting to nature! Of course, this is part of who we are and what we believe. Read more>>