We asked rising stars from the community to open up to us about their end goal. We asked them where they want to be, professionally, by the end of their careers and have shared some of those responses below.

Jerod Barker | Illustrator, Screen Printer, Painter, Designer & Musician

My goal is to build a professional network of clients and collaborators that can fully sustain a comfortable living, including copious travel, lifelong athletics and artistic exploration. I want to wind up with a screen printing company of my own where I can draw and hand print posters and other merch for my favorite bands, books and movies, while living in different parts of the world year round. Read more>>

Andrea Murdoch | Andina Chef

I have big dreams and ambitions for my career and business. One day I hope to have a few businesses under the larger umbrella of Four Directions Cuisine. I dream of a destination restaurant with farm land in the Colorado mountains that draw parallels between high altitude farming in the Andes versus high altitude farming in the Rockies. Both mountain ranges have a part of my heart. I would also like to run seasonal food sovereignty workshops for both youth and adults. We need to reclaim our traditional food ways as much as possible so that the knowledge does not leave this world with our elders. I imagine opening a small cluster of Indigenous shops including a butcher shop and bakery café. The butcher shop would be pre colonial, meaning we would not sell pork, beef, chicken etc… Instead we would have cuts from bison, elk, duck, rabbit and more. I would also like to be able to process hunters’ game during the appropriate seasons. Workshops would also be offered here just as at the farm. Read more>>

Jon Kohlwey | Photographer

I have to say the end goal is to work a job that I love. When you love what you do it doesn’t feel like work. Read more>>

Blaise Fiskhar | Musicmaker

I never have an end goal, I always add more. Taking things day by day, & incremental success by success keeps you grounded, fresh, & motivated to always do more. Being able to inspire & collaboratively work with others makes everyone involved want to become the best version of themselves & want to succeed for a positive goal. With that comes the ability & influence to improve & enrich everyone around us, to be able to provide for & help other people on much larger scales. I realize there’s continuous steps I have to take to get there & I’m fully dedicated to what we do. Read more>>

Ally Beck | Wedding Photographer

I want to be traveling all over the world!! Literally!! From Greece, to Ireland, to Fiji, you name it…I WANT TO DO A WEDDING THERE!! 😀. Read more>>