Success. It’s something we dress for, strive for, work towards. We wish it upon others as well as ourselves, but what is it? What is success?

Jason (KNOTZ) Broussard | Music Producer, Content Creator & Director

When making the decision to start any journey, you have to think about what you want to get out of it. It’s very easy for people to dive into a career path without really thinking out the long term wants and goals. With that said, I think the most important factor behind my success has been my drive and determination to reach my goals, while staying true to my own vision. Read more>>

Ali Katz | Meditation Teacher & Animal Communicator

I am completely authentic and true to myself in my work. I do things that not every single person out there understands and I am ok with it! Teaching meditation and doing animal communication fills my heart and soul and makes me incredibly happy. Helping people to be both less stressed and more connected to their animals is a huge honor. I teach and practice in a way that is extremely relatable and accessible so even skeptics usually come around! I have never let the opinions of others or fitting into a mold guide me, instead I have let my intuition and talent lead the way. Being authentic has helped me create a business that I love and really makes a difference in peoples’ lives. I am excited to teach meditation and practice animal communication every day, and I can’t imagine anything else making me feel more successful than that! Read more>>

Danny Nguyen | Fashion Designer

Repetition in designing, manufacturing and presenting is the fundamental element which has enabled the achievement of creating high quality pieces and service. It is though constant repetition of these things that we aim to gain and improve our craftsmanship. Read more>>

Jess Nielsen | Maker & Artist

My business has definitely evolved and adapted since I started it in 2009. I have gone through some not-so-pleasant growing pains, including several name changes over the years, to try and find my place as a small business. I have done everything from makeup artistry, to making custom, live-edge furniture, to laser-cutting photos onto various materials, to sewing COVID masks. If there an overwhelming need, such as the need for masks, and I have the skills to make it happen, I will. This is one thing that makes a business able to stand the test of time – the ability to adapt and pivot to keep up, all while staying true to its brand and identity – no small feat! I think this takes some amount of continual, ruthless honesty about what is working and what is not. Read more>>

Kentrel Code | Owner

The most important factor behind the success of Set Sail Apparel are the relationships we’ve built in our community. We’ve worked with a handful of up-and-coming photographers, artists, models, graphic designers, production companies, etc who have all shared our vision and see the potential of the brand. We have also seek to make the connection beneficial for everyone we’ve worked with. Another huge part of our success is our team. We are a team of creatives who are following our passions and building our talent through the brand. So having a great supporting cast that also helps with the success. Read more>>

Amanda Mott | Photographer & Painter

Nonstop hustle. Read more>>

Zeeshan Shah | Holistic Health Coach & Food Educator

Perseverance and consistency. Showing up even when you don’t feel like it! Read more>>

LaShanna Moore | Nutritionist & Holistic Health Practitioner

Woo! The most important factor behind my success is the formula of a great education, a love for people and efficient proven methods. Read more>>

Stephanie Gonzalez | Artist

Following my intuition and staying true to myself and my artwork has been the most important factor in my success. Of course, I’ve had help from people like my longtime friend, mentor, collector, and art patron Rick Rubottom, who gives me advice and has the best stories about life in the 60’s. I have had help from The escapist program in Houston, where I learned the value of maintaining relationships with collectors because they become your friends. It is a beautiful relationship, they support your work and you get to see them grow. These days there is so much noise and distractions. It is important to disconnect and spend time doing your practice, whatever that may be. Any time spent on it is better than zero time. Learning to balance and know when to stop is also very important, it is something I don’t think I will ever stop working on. Read more>>

Marquita McCoy | Skincare Enthusiast

While I love that my customers see amazing results from my products – I’m just as enthusiastic about the integrity, relatedness and affinity that I share with them. When my customers have questions – I do my best to answer them via social media in the comments or direct messages and also through email. I pride myself on being a source of information and knowledge that allows my customers and onlookers to feel comfortable enough to reach out to me regarding their most insecure skin concerns. Sometimes their concerns stem much deeper than skin – and to be able to simply lend an ear is everything for me. Success to me goes well beyond a customer spending their money with you. For me it’s about building genuine relationships that will last. Read more>>