We asked insiders and experts from various industries to tell us something they think outsiders are unaware of and we’ve shared a few of those responses below.

Matthew Peetz | Yeast Whisperer

A lot of folks do not know that alcohol is produced by a fungus that eats sugar and excretes alcohol as a waste product. This is the case for beer, wine, spirits, etc. Without yeast alcohol would not be created. Yeast also produces 100,000+ flavor components that give alcohol beverages a lot of their flavor. In beer yeast produces the fruity (esters) and spicy (phenol) flavor components for classic styles of beer like Saison, Hefeweizen, and Belgian Blond. Yeast also helps determine how sweet or dry the beer finishes, provides mouthfeel to the beer, and bio-transforms hops flavors. Read more>>

Stephanie Hennessy | Owner & Lead Photographer

I believe there’s a big disconnect from the public on everything that is involved in operating a photography business, and how that relates to the prices and costs associated for the consumer for these services. In addition to just the equipment costs, photographers are running a full-scale small business, including paying taxes, marketing, bookkeeping and accounting, sales, and in many cases, full-service wedding or elopement planning, and the costs associated with these services are including in the rates charged versus just the cost to show up on that specific day, and shoot your event. Read more>>

Emily Songster | Piano/Trombone Teacher

It’s not uncommon for piano teachers and teachers of other instruments to be asked what their “real” job is, or what they do for a living. Many people don’t treat music instruction as a respected profession and are unaware that it can be a full time job. People tend to consider teaching hours and nothing else, so a person who teaches twenty hours a week and considers herself a full time teacher seems odd. However, there are lots of prep and admin hours that go unnoticed, not to mention practice time, training, and professional development. Granted, some people do treat it as a hobby or as a supplement to other work. Many, however, make a good living teaching music lessons. Read more>>