We asked insiders and experts from various industries to tell us something they think outsiders are unaware of and we’ve shared a few of those responses below.

Marlene “Marley” Holmes, PH.D.C, MSW | CEO & Founder, The BFCA Experience

Early in my career, I realized that being a social worker socially confined me into a box of what society and stigma labeled my profession. However, I quickly realized that social workers could adapt and impact many different populations, including sports. When I decided to transition back into athletics as a Sports Social Worker, the first thing people said was, “Wow, I’ve never heard of that.” It’s usually followed by a head tilt of confusion. See, the foundation of social work is rooted in human behavior and assessing the present state and future needs of the client you’re assisting. I mean, that is how we should all process life. Watch before we speak, don’t be so quick to judge, and assess if you’re qualified to assist this person. Read more>>

Justin F Hollins | Actor & Photographer

The extra hard work one has to put in to become a Actor, a lot of people do not realize the sacrifice and hard work & training that is standard, it’s a true marathon, and it a marriage with a lot of rejection but the dedication and hard will pay off in due time and a lot a times, a great pay off isn’t always in the form of money. Read more>>

Breana Davis | Naturopathic Doctor and author of The Black Woman’s Health-O-Pedia

Everything! So many people, especially here in the South, have no idea what naturopathic medicine even is. Every time I tell someone that I’m a naturopathic doctor, it’s immediately followed up with a “what is that?”. For those readers who don’t know what naturopathic medicine is, here’s a brief description. Naturopathic medicine is a system of healing that combines the laws of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic doctors are trained as general practitioners who address disease and dysfunction at the level of the body, mind, and spirit through natural means. We receive education and training in a number of treatment methods including nutrition, botanical/herbal medicine, homeopathy, and various physical medicine modalities. Read more>>

Bryan Hull | Owner/Cook Secret Pint BBQ

The time commitment to the craft. Once a pop-up starts, there has easily been up to 40+ hours of prep and cook time leading up to it, but I think people are beginning to be better educated about the process that goes into bbq – especially craft bbq. By the time I slice into a brisket at a pop-up, it’s been 24-30 hours from the time that prep began on that single piece of meat. For sausages, the prep time is even longer with an intense process that takes place over 3-4 days because they are house made. While it is a time-consuming commitment, it is worth it to know I am putting out bbq that I am proud of. Read more>>