Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Scott DeHuff | Podcast host & Owner

I moved around a lot as a kid, but always have been in Colorado. The majority of my childhood was in the great city of Broomfield, Colorado. I credit my creativity to my crazy upbringing. My father passed away when I was five, and my mom was left to raise three kids on her own. I went through a period of time where I hardly spoke to anyone due to depression, and I would wander off and talk to myself. Doing this, I’d play the role of different characters. Read more>>

Libby Tener | Hair Artist & Creative

Born and raised in Long Beach, California. It’s a place with a “small town in a big city feel”. I grew up in a cornucopia of mixed cultures interlaced with long generations of local families, and I never imagined starting a life away from Long Beach. I got my start in the beauty industry when I met my mentor through a cheer event at my high school. We became instantly close and she took me under her wing, teaching me all there was to know about business and beauty. Read more>>

Mike da Ponte | Glass/Mixed Media Artist

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois’ northwest suburbs. I had a conventional childhood but being adopted was the one thing that always I felt separated me from my friends. My mother is white and Canadian, while my father’s family immigrated to Canada when he was a child from Portugal. They are now both citizens of the US. Read more>>

Rachel Dempster | Makeup Artist/Creator

I’m originally from a small town in Southern Indiana. I had always been a creative kinda quirky kid growing up & I had several teachers throughout my life inspire me to pursue a creative career along with immediate family members. My mom & her parents were a MASSIVE influence on me growing up. They were always buying me sketch books, makeup, painting sets & anything else you can imagine. Read more>>