In our view, values and principles are the foundation upon which our lives, careers and relationships are built. So, we asked folks we admire to open up to us about the values and principles that matter most to them.

Jamil Jude | Artistic Director, True Colors Theatre Company

“Art”ivist Action – “Art”-tivism is a term I heard a social engaged artist use during a panel conversation once and it’s stuck with me. The idea being that one does not need to detach their artistic expression from their desire to seek justice. In fact, one’s art can be a space in which you can communicate those needs. Our current moment calls for all of us to do something to shift society. Idle talk is limiting and hasn’t proven as effective as people committing to action. For me, valuing Artivist Action suggests that I want to seek how I can use my artistic practice to inspire others to act on behalf of what’s right. Read more>>

Tera Chantelle | Author, Producer, Podcast Host & Self-Love Coach

Standing on Integrity matter most to me. You can talk a good game but how are you living behind the scenes when eyes are not watching? We don’t preach, we practice. We live by strong values & morals that honor a righteous lifestyle. We don’t follow trends because it’s usually leading the generation in a ditch. It’s important to know yourself & stay true to your beliefs in this world. Nourish the soul & take of your mind by living in a sincere virtue. Read more>>

Kay Mercer | Photographer

I value empowerment above all else, and aim to show that through my work. Read more>>

Emily Marosek | Photographer

Growth is the value that matters the most to me. With every experience comes new ideas and new perspectives, and if you choose to take those experiences to their full advantage it can really develop your skills, your mind… and really just your whole life. When I first started my photography journey, I was a 10-year-old with a little canon point-and-shoot. I started reading books and watching YouTube videos about photography and cameras and editing softwares. In 2014 I started shooting with my baby DSLR Nikon D3300, and could only afford a used 50mm lens that only had manual focus. I learned everything I could about that camera, and it wasn’t long before friends and family started asking for me to help them photograph their headshots for auditions or professional profiles. Before I knew it, Emma Rose Photography grew out of the ground and I got to mesh my love for learning new things, working with others, and being creative into a business. Read more>>