We asked folks to tell us about their favorite quote or affirmation and to tell us what it means to them. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Tyler Kaschke | Freelance gaffer in Boulder + Denver

My favorite quote is a simple one: “givers gain.” Not sure who I heard that from, but it really resonates with my values. I interpret it the same way as “what goes around, comes around.” I do my best to operate my business and my life with an abundance mentality – always looking for win-win scenarios. Whether it’s passing referrals to other gaffers when I’m already booked on a project or just meeting with a film student for coffee, you get what you put in – and giving builds trust and strong relationships. Read more>>

Polina Napartovich | Freelance Illustrator

Whenever I’m stuck in my own ways and afraid to try something new and different because I’m afraid I will fail or won’t do well I think of the quote from Alan Arkin’s character from Little Miss Sunshine – “You know what a loser is? A real loser is somebody that’s so afraid of not winning, they don’t even try. Now, you’re trying, right? Well, then, you’re not a loser.“ I feel like this quote has gotten me to do lots of things that I would have not done otherwise. For example I would have never worked on the animated music video. When I was offered the job I had probably about a month worth of animation experience. Read more>>

Desiree and Adrian Barragan | Owners of Denver Fashion Truck

“Nobody wanted to share their stage, so we built our own” – Adrian (DFT co-owner) Before we had a fashion truck, we were trying to get Desiree’s handmade frocks into local boutiques. At the time this was a big deal for us. It didn’t work out. And with that, we decided to open a boutique offering our own individual crafts along with other Colorado artists and designers. Building a stage (in our case, a retrofitted fashion truck) to get exposure and share our passion is what this self-made quote means to us. We like this because we are proud of the hard work we had to put in in order to share our artistic vision. We get to perform. Read more>>