Never give up. It’s advice that is thrown around daily – but is it always right? We asked some folks we admire about their thoughts around how to know when to give up and when to keep trying

Renee Cornue | Street Photographer, Renee Cornue Studio

Great question, especially poignant right now as things start to slow down for the season. My working-class upbringing led me to believe, for the longest time, that art was a career for “other lucky people” but not me. It’s been a long journey of deprogramming, and in some ways I still have a hard time believing in myself and seeing myself as one of those “other people” who can, in fact, do it. My own sheer doggedness is the primary thing keeping me going. I love what I do. I love learning about all things photography. I love studying the work of others, history of processes, and honing in on my voice and style. Read more>>

Elayna Hixon | Photographer & Videographer

I have found that when you own your own business or are pursuing a path that isn’t very “traditional”, there are a lot of influences telling you to give up. Including yourself. A lot of people think that because you work for yourself and are doing what you love, it isn’t hard. I have been told many times that photography isn’t a real job and people ask me all the time “so what else do you do?”. You have to push past all of that and recognize that you are doing something you love and that is all that matters. If you are working toward a goal you have been wanting for a long time, take a second to look at how far you’ve come. If you are happy, don’t let anything or anyone change that. If you’re not happy, you can fix that! Read more>>

Jingyun Zhou | Illustrator/Storyteller

As they said, the one who successes had failed more times than what others have tried. If that’s something that won’t leave your mind, there should always be one more try. Along the practice way, time will tell. It’s like how the Result drawing came out. I was initially planning to make a gif of myself wearing the seven days clothes as an image to communicate my idea, as said above. I was planning to visualize the concept of time passing. However, it didn’t turn out well. So I was stressed and struggled because I was hitting the deadline. Read more>>

Samantha Eason | Mother, content creator, small business owner

I don’t know if I love the words “give up” – I believe in rerouting and letting go. It is okay however, to say no to things that deplete you or no longer serve you. What I have noticed throughout life, is that your path often gets harder when you become distracted or make decisions out of short term satisfaction. Ego is a big factor too – too much of it and you will quickly be on a road to destruction. You can have it all but sometimes you can’t have it all at once. So when things get tough, I see it as a signal to handle things differently – a rearrange. And when alignment is in place, opportunity and new beginnings will miraculously lay themselves out for you (as if the universe is giving you a “check”). Use this for momentum and encouragement to push forward and continue. Focus on what you can control, expect abundance, and welcome newness, Read more>>