Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Lara Shah | Actress in Television, Film, Commercials, Print, and VO

I was born and raised in our beautiful Garden State – New Jersey – in a tiny little town called Iselin. If you’ve ever been to Jersey, you’ll understand its quirky vibe. That weirdness, the eclectic hodgepodge feeling, that coming-of-age energy, the beta to New York’s alpha, runs strong and deep within my blood. Read more>>

Mari Reisberg | LPC (licensed professional counselor), Creativity Coach, Podcast Host, and Performer

I grew up in the pacific northwest in a very unconventional family and had lots of support to be as creative as possible. I was a very active three year old and my parents enrolled me in trapeze school and I never looked back. Read more>>

Jaleel Bannoura | Business Owner

I was born and raised in Bethlehem, Palestine. Bethlehem is a city in the West Bank and where Jesus Christ was born. I come from a middle class family who did nothing but work days and nights. Read more>>

 J. Sebastian Casas | Operations Leader & Music Director @ VCP Church

I am from Houston TX, born and raised. I am first generation American, my parents are both Mexican immigrants who started this business at 23-24 years old to meet a need. Read more>>

Jummai Ghaji | CEO Suya on the spot

My name is jummai sanni Ghaji, I am a Nigerian who lives in katy Texas. I am the first child out of 7. I was born with a silver spoon but later in life, my dad lost his job and living became difficult. Read more>>