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.

Eleanor Maralit | Creative & Maker

I think industry outsiders might be unaware of all the work that actually goes on behind the scenes. Makers are not only building and running their own business they are also making every single product by hand. The passion, time and commitment that is poured into their work is truly a labor of love. Read more>>

Alana Basamanowicz | Reiki Master Teacher & Hypnotherapist

Helping you helps me. There seems to be this paradigm around being a healer. Everyone always says to me “It must be so exhausting!” My response is always the same as I thank them for sitting across from me at that moment and committing to their healing. One thing to wrap your head around first is to understand that Reiki Energy is love energy. It’s the Gratefulness Frequency and accessible to anyone at anytime, you just have to know how to tune into it. Some call it Universal Energy or Source or Unconditional Love. It can actually be measured right around 432-528hz and has been proven to repair DNA! Something awesome about this kind of energy is that it is endless and boundless. As a Reiki Practitioner I have been trained to be a conduit for this Unconditional Love. It fills me up first, so I receive – and then direct it into my recipients aura. Read more>>

Erica Caasi | PhD Student Education Literacy Studies & Powerlifter

I’ve often been asked, “What do you do?” To which I respond, “I’m in a PhD program studying education and literacy.” This results in a string of questions that mostly center on pulling the curtain back to unveil the process of what it means to work on a PhD. I often use the term apprenticeship to describe the PhD as you are enculturated into the world of higher education by taking on responsibilities frequently part of an academic professor’s career. The main emphasis of the PhD is on exploring previous research to develop your own research ideas. However, there are other components, such as teaching. For instance, I am currently teaching a course in children’s literature because that’s an area I’ve developed some expertise in and have practitioner knowledge in from when I taught K-5. In parallel to teaching, I am also enrolled in coursework while simultaneously doing research. Read more>>

Nathalie Mukendi

Most people think that blogging is easy and that everyone gets free stuff and get paid. They don’t realize that it is actually a lot of work. You have to do a lot of research, create content, prepare shoots , edit photos and the list goes on. Read more>>

Michael Bevis | Founder & Chief Innovator

The pet care industry is currently a $90B a year industry. Currently there are more dogs in U.S. households than there are children. We love our pets because they are loyal to us and provide the joy and support we need on any given day. Humanization of pets continues to grow at a rapid pace and they are now more frequently referred to as family members rather than animals. There are a tremendous amount of opportunities for innovation in the pet care space. Just like human health pet well fare is a top priority and opportunity abounds for those looking to enter a market they might now previously considered. Read more>>

Annie Decamp | Mixed Media Artist

Being a full-time artist requires a number of skill sets in order to be successful. Most people outside of the arts see only the end product, the ‘sexy’ part of this chosen career. Beyond artistic skill, the successful artist must always seek new knowledge and pathways to developing content and surface work. This field requires constant exploration and risk taking in order to grow. Finding a mentor, like in many careers, deeply influences and encourages growth. The same goes for mentoring others. Choosing art as a career requires an immense amount of courage, healthy psychology about what we make and put out in the world, a firm understanding of why we do what we do, and long hours working in the studio as well as the office. Like many entrepreneurial pursuits, an artist must work consistently at self promotion and find creative ways to put their work out into the world. Read more>>

Danielle Ryan Broida, RH (AHG) | Registered Herbalist, Holistic Nutritionist, Instructor of Mycology & National Educator

There is so much still unknown in the customer eye when it comes to the mushroom space. Mislabeling, pixie-dusting, using different parts of the species, growing mushrooms on cheap substrates, grinding up substrates and calling it “mushrooms”, selling “raw” mushrooms, and I could go on! My goal is to shed light on the incredible Fungi Kingdom (Queendom ;)). Through my work as an Instructor of Mycology at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism and National Educator at Four Sigmatic, my overarching focus is on two things: 1) Encouraging the use of mushrooms in the way cultures have been using them for thousands of years (reviving ancient traditions and giving them a space for those of us that need their medicine in the West) & 2) Always looking to Mother Nature as the best cultivator of all (using mushrooms as Nature intended). When out in the world. Read more>>

Anne Gnoth & Mary Williams | LCDC Owners

Dance is for everyone. It’s not just for girls, or kids, or someone with loads of natural talent. Dance is for ALL ages, genders, abilities and levels of physical fitness. For children under the age of 5, movement is an essential part of their development and dance helps to give kids the tools they need to reach their full potential. Dance gives children confidence, coordination, strength, kinesthetic awareness and so much more. Being in a classroom environment teaches structure, etiquette, cooperation and team work. Skills that last for a lifetime and apply to all areas of life. For the aging adult it helps to keep their brain sharp and their body moving. On top of all of those amazing benefits dance is FUN! Read more>>

Erin Bird | Reiki Master, Intuitive Guide & Aspiring Nursing Student

Energy is within and all around us. Our blood flow, our breath, our neurological patterns, all move and continuously flow. This process creates a frequency within and all around us, it creates what we all know as energy. So when an energy worker, a body worker/massage therapist, an acupuncturist, or a beautician, works with someone’s body- they’re working with their energy, too. Reiki is specifically geared toward energy that flows in the body with hands on or above the location. This type of work is imperative to seeing the whole body in a holistic way. Eastern practices are additional support to Western practices and vice versa. Read more>>

Neca Gonzalez | Makeup Artist & Creator

People think that being in the beauty industry is all glamour and success, but it’s not. As a makeup artist and someone who operates an online lash company , it’s a struggle getting to where you can actually make a living off of being your own boss. The beauty industry is super competitive and it seems like there are a million people who “do what you do.” You end up spending so much money on taking classes, buying/testing products, and boring stuff like licensing and fees, that it may be a while before you actually make a profit. When a makeup artist is charging $150 for a brides makeup alone, it’s not because they are being greedy and just want to charge a “high” price just for fun. They had to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars just to have enough products to be able to do any skin type and color. They have to pay for travel costs and advertising, not to mention the time that’s invested! Read more>>

Caitlin Hope | Pro Makeup Artist & Esthetician

I have to say, hands down, that skin is so much more than “yes, this is a good product, It has good ingredients, this will work for you!” Skin is unique, it’s one of a kind, so you must treat it as such. We analyze our clients skin in depth to recommend real and effective products and techniques to help our client achieve their final goal, not only in skin but makeup as well! This industry is so much more that a simple recommendation, we will always deliver A unique experience that caters to your individual skin! Read more>>

Mandy Austin | Photographer & Owner

How much time you put in behind the scenes, for sure! Let’s just say my husband is a patient man. With all the admin/editing work there is between setting up every individual photoshoot, new creative ideas, networking, marketing, creating documents…the list goes on. But I truly love connecting with people, So it hardly seems like work at all. But does take time. Read more>>