Getting to do what you love? Providing for your loved ones? What does success mean to you? Below you’ll find perspectives from some of the city’s best and brightest.

Berthine Crèvecoeur West | Conflict Resolution/DEI Strategist, CEO of Westbridge Solutions

I love that question! Success, to me, means freedom. Not necessarily the freedom to do whatever you want, as there are indeed, things which we are obligated to do. However, I mean the type of freedom to choose the type of work I want to do, the freedom to select the clients with whom I want to work, the freedom to create a schedule that balances both my personal and professional lives (which isn’t easy) and the freedom to create space, empower, encourage, educate and inspire others to attain that same success, that same freedom, as well. However, I should note that this freedom and this success is not free. I had to make many mistakes in order to learn and achieve this. It required diligence, a process and intentionality. Friends would always say to me (especially during the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey), how lucky I was that I could work for myself. Read more>>

Christyn Johnson | Hair Stylist/ Braider

I define success as putting your all into the purpose that has been placed on your heart. Creating a plan and executing it. Success for me is choosing to continuously strengthen and expand on my talents, knowing that in my heart I am happiest when fulfilling my purpose. Touching men and women by enhancing their beauty, and style Success is never giving, up always striving. Read more>>

Anjanette Watson | CEO LuvableKissx Cosmetics

Success is a combination of achieving reasonable levels of financial stability while at the same time doing the work one loves. Finding fulfillment in setting goals and achieving each goal set. The motivation and drive to keep going even when things are bad. Ultimately success affects your choices as well as priorities. It helps shape the path in which one leads. Success is a journey not a destination, every milestone big and small moves me forward and allows me to develop stronger skills as it enhances my performance. As the CEO of Luvablekissx Cosmetics I can not and will not fail. My success is imperative to my life goals. Read more>>

Dustin Sean Lazenby | Makeup Artist | Creative Director | Actor

Personally, I have defined success as my personal pursuit of happiness. Art makes me happy. Creating makes me happy. Performing makes me happy. I get to do what I love for a living. That is success to me. Read more>>