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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

All of us are where we are today partly because of our own efforts and partly because of the advice, guidance, influence and inspiration provided by others.  At Voyage we have the good fortune of connecting with so many of the city’s hidden gems – from entrepreneurs and creatives to athletes, researchers and more.  We asked them a simple, but important question: what is the best advice, personal or professional, that you’ve ever received?

Stephanie Wiley photographer who splits her time shooting kids, weddings and interiors

Best professional advice – enjoy what you’re doing and keep a smile on your face, even if you’re frustrated.
Best personal advice – keep moving forward.


MaxEhrich – ARTIST

My parents instilled in me at an early age the importance of remaining humble while heading fearlessly in the direction of my dreams.


Barbie Jones / Fashion Stylist – Boutique Owner

Share your gifts and talents with the world, don’t cheat yourself by dimming your light. The world awaits your creativity. BJ

Matthew Coleman – fashion blogger/influencer

Really corny! But do what you love and never work a day in your life.


Ariadni Kidonis- Singer Songwriter, Producer and Certified Audio Engineer


Everything happens for a reason. You always learn from the good and bad situations. Life always rewards you as long as you put your 100% into what you love.


Allison Park – Portrait Photographer & UCLA student

Photographer: Allison Park Model: Lauren Fu

The best advice I’ve ever received- cliche but life changing- was something along the lines of: “There is no such thing as failure. The challenges and pitfalls we face are just stepping stone in the journey towards success.” Finding opportunity within every struggle and learning to bounce back has helped me maintain a healthy, joyful mindset without fear of failure. This advice helped me learn to let go of the need to be perfect, embrace failure as learning experiences, while also carrying a growth mindset with disciplined work ethic.

MasterChef Shipra Khanna – Masterchef India winner/ Chef /Author /Consultant/ Enterprenuer/ youtuber / TV personality / World traveller /Content creator

Mars Alina Alibizu

Best Advice – Be original . Follow what you believe in and always have a target ,go relentlessly after it you will definitely succeed !

Salina Neou – Celebrity nail stylist

The best advice I ever gotten, as corny as it may sound, is to “always be kind.” I truly believe that trait is what has gotten me so far in my career and life in general. Thankfully, my professional reputation is positive and I’m known for always being a sweetheart – which always leads to more opportunities. Because in reality, who would want to work with someone who’s a diva? And out of my friends, I’m always the one who’s motherly and taking care of the group. I just really feel like kindness makes the world go round and there can never be enough of it!


SERAPHINA – musician & songwriter

The only person you can compete with is the you of yesterday. Everyone is running their own race, so don’t compare yourself or your progress with anyone else.

Chris hunter blurrier – flexologist & personal trainer

The best advice I’ve gotten so far is easy and simple – treat other how you wanna be treated. It’s simple but always true I definitely try to life like this all the time and it helped so far.

Helen Chung – Influencer

The best advice I’ve received would be embracing my failures. It is important because not everyone will succeed their first time. For examples: athletes, actors or even social media influencers who set out to achieve their dreams but it doesn’t always happen immediately because part of persevering is embracing failure. Don’t ever give up and learn from your failures.


Vinny Balbo – Actor, Dancer & Director

“The best advice I’ve received has probably been to “”stay in my own lane””

Sure it’s a common phrase, but its depth is vastly different from person to person. To me, this phrase means to not let what others are doing, have a negative influence on your own art. I’ve gone down many rabbit holes of self-doubt, but I’m always able to pull myself out of it be telling myself, that I’m not like other artists, and I shouldn’t be!

Omid Kay – Actor / fashion & fitness model

Work hard for your dreams. Love your loved ones and spend the most time possible with every and each of them . Don’t take anything and anyone for granted. Tomorrow isn’t promised.

Shruti Srivastav – Actor and model

One best advice that I have got from my father both personally and professionally is do everything with honesty and from your heart you will never have to worry about result things will automatically come to you whether it’s personally or professionally and I think I follow what my heart says and I go with flow.

Grace Valerie – recording artist and actress

When I moved to LA from Russia in 2010, my mentor Randy Jackson told me to always stay true to my authentic self and go after my dreams. When it gets hard or I am in doubt this encouragement always helps me.


Fan Chang – Makeup & Fashion Influencer

Always be yourself. I’m a big fan of Gary Vaynerchuk, and he’s been a big help to my career.


Jane Farris – Model, Social Media Influencer/Manager & Co-founder of Makeup for Jane

The best personal advice I have received is to admire other people’s beauty without ever questioning my own. This has been drilled into my brain for years and I strongly believe it is the reason I do not struggle with comparing myself to other people. It has prevented me from feeling like every social event or photo that gets posted is a competition. I now have the capability to appreciate how stunning all of my friends are without ever getting jealous or wishing I was somebody that I am not.

Emily Shon – Content Creator

If you didn’t get the job, it was never meant for you. You were not rejected; you were redirected. Your value does not decrease based upon someone’s inability to see your worth. Believe in yourself and keep trying; the right door will open for you.” This applies not only to professional pursuits but personal, as well. Patience is key. Trust the timing of your life.

Cut n sew Designer – Fashion Trapper

Show luv and stay humble.

Jairo Orozco & Bryan Rojo – Social Media Influencers

Never ever give up on your dreams and no matter how famous you get always remember to be yourself.


Zack Bernardez – Influencer and Model

The best advice I have ever received is that on the internet, no publicity is bad publicity.

Wilson Lamont – Actor and Writer

The best advice I have received was from my grandma and can be applied to all aspects of life – both personal and professional. She said It’s okay to make mistakes and do things wrong. That’s how you learn and how you grow. Don’t ever let anyone tell you they’ve never made a mistake – everyone has.


Food Blogger and Entrèepreneur

Best advice I’ve ever received is: focus on you and not what everyone else is doing but use others as a source of motivation to continue striving and thriving.


Jewel Tanedo – Social Media Influencer

When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you might just be able to change the world.

Lucy Capul, the original Marketing Bartender aka Creative Director for Old Fashioned Marketing & Consulting

The best advice that I have ever received is to claim what you want and OWN IT. My mother used to tell me this throughout the years and it has never resonated with me (#woke) till I launched my business in 2018. Whenever, I have a meeting, an interview or whatever it is, she will always remind me to own it. If you are a dancer, own it. If you are a woman, own it. If you are launching your own business despite if your friends think you are crazy, own it. Claim that you are a business owner and start acting like one. Regardless of your gender, race, or even how little or how much you know, walk into any room and own it. Own that job opportunity, that interview, that client, or even your first date. Namaste, girl. I see you owning it. Salud!

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