We asked experts from a broad range of industries to open up to us about things they know about their industry but that we probably don’t and we’ve shared some of those responses below.

CC Witt | Queen of All Things Band

For fully independent artists like ourselves there is a tremendous amount of work to be done “off of the stage”. Playing shows is probably only 10% of what we have to do on a daily basis. We are constantly booking, scheduling, working on social media etc. The other thing is all the driving we have to do! We are basically part-time van dwellers. Read more>>

Jacquice Roberts | Full Service Stylist

One thing about the beauty industry that people outside of the industry are probably unaware of is the calculation behind every step that is taken in the process of getting to the finished look. There is a science behind the artistry and a certain finesse that not everyone possesses. Subtle details really add to the overall look and while the client may not realize, that small hint of highlight on the inner corner of their eye could potentially make a world of difference in the end. Every step is mapped out so perfectly and to me, the initial planning or consultation is the most important part of anything you do — it is the blueprint for what you intend to accomplish. Read more>>

Casey Smith | President of Wiser Wealth Management

Many people think that all financial advisors are the same. The reality is, most financial advisors are selling products (annuities, mutual funds, or insurance) which creates a conflict of interest between the advisor and the client. I believe that products should never pay the advisor, only the client, which allows the advisor to give the best advice. Unfortunately, only 2% of financial advisory firms operate in this capacity. These firms are set up as fiduciaries, meaning they have to work in the best interest of the client and operate as fee-only, which simply means that products are not paying the advisor. Read more>>

Heather Powell | Wedding Photographer

There’s more to shooting weddings than simply photographing the day. First, there’s preparation. I send emails to all brides outlining expectations and ideas for their wedding day photos. I need a wedding day time line so I can begin the outline of what my day will look like – when will I do portraits, photos of decorations, etc? After the wedding, editing begins, and it’s a process as well. I tend to use minimal editing to ensure the photos look exactly like the wedding day as I’m a documentary style photographer, and because of this I’m able to have photos back to clients within a week. For other photographers, that truly enjoy creating works of art during the editing process, I can’t imagine how long it would take them. Read more>>