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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?

DeMario Jackson – Influencer

The best advice that I have ever received from my Pop: Always have an open mind and put yourself in the other person shoes. Whether its a relationship, work or some random person at a bar. I feel like life at times can be tough for a lot of people so never judge and always show love.

Sophie Kowai – Music Artist, Writer & Witch

I was recently told, “Just do your own thing.” Although it’s a short and sweet piece of advice, I think it’s a powerful and freeing reminder to honor your individuality and try share it fearlessly with the world.

Meghan Jenay. Blogger.

The best advice is actually a quote from one of my favorite spiritual activists Marianne Williamson. “Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won’t feel insecure about you.” I love this quote because I truly believe when we challenge ourselves beyond our comfort zone and allow our inner self to shine, we then inspire others to do the same. We should always strive for greatness!

Dissenter Revolt – Clothing Company Based out of Los Angeles

The best personal advice: “Use the gifts you were given at birth, and master them”.

Mia Plecic – Entrepreneur and Founder

The best advice I’ve received: “You don’t fail until you stop trying.”


Maria Melikyan Floral Design Director & Founder of Pure Petals Floral

Always love what you do and give it your very best.

Kseniia Dubovitz Dubovitskaia – Model and Actress

Always choose your own way.

Roselly Monegro – Hand-Lettering Artist

The best advice I have been given is: “Don’t wait until everything is perfect to start”. Screw Perfect! We are our own worst critics and as artists we tend to be perfectionists; we overthink things “my website doesn’t look good, I still haven’t found my style or I am good not good enough…” If you keep that mentality you’re never going to get started because it will never be perfect. Therefore, you just need to get yourself and your work out there; everything else will slowly fall into place as you go.

Seth Daniel – Actor/Writer/Personality

The best advice I’ve received was from my father: “What I have found is that the path to that peace, that simplification of life, is letting go of old grudges and hurts, and stepping away from those relationships that do not provide positive energy to you. Personally, I have been amazed at how much of my energy I have allowed to be expended in frustration over nothing, the false sense of righteousness that comes from ‘I was wronged!’ rehashing, and allowing inconsequential ‘others’ to determine my mood or self image.”


Nicole Caldwell- Author, Motivational Speaker, Influencer

“We don’t love our full selves enough. Embrace the fullness of who you are, and let the rest of the world catch on.” – Ledisi

Steve Orosco ( Mr. SMASH ) – Founder & CEO SMASH Global

Hard roads become easy and easy roads become hard. Choose your HARD !!!

Jaz Mosh – Senior Human Factors Researcher and Model

Be encouraged. Stay on your hustle. You can’t fail until you quit.”

This quote got me through grad school, when I was working 5 jobs, 40-80 hours a week and in school full-time. There were so many times I wanted to give up and I looked at this quote (which is the background of my phone) and I remembered that if I keep my head high and I continue to work hard, I can achieve anything, it’s just a matter of time.

Paula Lalanne, entrepreneur and model

Short answer: Failure is part of the process and never give up.

Long answer: Failure is part of the process but you should learn from each failure and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you do a little bit every day to work toward your goal you will eventually get there. It only takes one “yes” despite the fact that you will probably get 1000 “no’s”

Timothy Pumarejo – Comedy/VFX Artist

The best advice I have received is learn from the greats. I’m heavily into film and I study all the big influencers who have perfected their craft. I am growing so consistently because I took the time to study why they did what they did as comedic artist.


KANZI – Dancer&CG Director

I think about life every day. People I encounter, places I visit and the nature I breathe in, all gives me inspiration and a food for thought.
Thus I often have a conversation with myself, asking a question, and then giving advice to it.
This month, it was telling me “It is never late to take an action after you’ve embrace your feelings!”
I believe feelings are telling us a lot of precious lessons.

Alexis deBoschnek – Cook, Recipe Developer, Host, and Writer

This sounds kind of counter intuitive, but some of the best advice I’ve gotten is that you don’t need to have everything figured out. I’m type A and wildly impatient, and my instinct is to want to have everything planned out and organized, but that’s just not how life works. Every time I start getting overwhelmed about the uncertainty of my career, I try to remember that’s where I’ve found some of the best opportunities for growth, both personal and professional.


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