One of our favorite things to do is to ask the folks we are inspired by what they are inspired by. We’ve shared some of their responses below.

Mikael Trench: Stop Motion Animator

So many things. Being someone who loves both animation and writing, I am drawn to real life and the quirks that come from so many aspects of it. The people around me and the interactions I have on a day-to-day basis inspire so many of my creative choices and decisions, I’ve been trying to get more in the habit of noting down funny lines or interactions I have throughout my day and refer back to them when coming up with ideas. Even more than that, it’s always a rewarding process to translate a specific real life experience into something that others can find to be universal in its meaning. I also like staying fed by watching as many movies as possible and varying my experience greatly through my viewings. Over the past six or seven years, I’ve been taking greater efforts to watch films out of my comfort zone and it has turned me into a massive cinephile. Although I love film of all eras and genres, my heart lies in classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, especially monster movies, with the works of Ray Harryhausen, Japanese Godzilla movies, and similar creature features being my biggest influences. Read more>>

Eboni Hall: Makeup Artist + Self-care Coach

I am inspired by women. It’s the very reason why I chose the beauty industry as my career path. Beauty has always been intriguing to me. I love ALL things beauty even the ugly stuff. Women are powerful, strong, they overcome a lot. Hearing their stories, struggles, lessons, and successes has help me gain perspective. More importantly, I’ve learned a lot about myself. Read more>>

Euwarnii Hughes: Graphic Designer, Mangaka, Author & Motivator

I am inspired by family, culture, imagination and faith. I put Family first because they are the people who help shape and empower you in life. Culture is next because I love researching and learning about Cultures of people, how they live and why they do what they do. Creativity is next because even Einstein said Imagination is the language of the soul. The best is faith, it’s the glue that holds it all together. All of these factors coalesce inspire me throughout my day and life to create meaningful empowering art, illustrations, manga, motivation and more!. Read more>>