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Before LinkedIn member, @rachelroams, became an Emmy-winning host and travel expert, she started her career behind the camera. In order to make the transition to host, she challenged herself to seize as many learning opportunities as possible and immerse herself in the art of storytelling. "I knew I'd have to sink a ton of hours of practice in before anyone might consider paying me to host.” She also took to collaborating with others to create short-form content as a way to offer help to others and learn in the process. "It was both low risk *and* high reward!” Those invaluable skills she learned have put her on an adventure around the world sharing stories and bringing people together. 📸: @twheat
A carrot is just a carrot is like saying a job is just a job. You get out of it what you put in. Sage advice inspired by LinkedIn member @farmerleejones. What gets him up in the morning is his team at The Chef’s Garden and the creativity of the many talented chefs he provides for that propel him to look at farming differently. From implementing technology to yield a better crop, to growing vegetables slowly and gently in full accord with nature, the end product is a direct reflection of everything that goes into it. The same can be said for any field of work. 📸: @michelledemuth_bibb
LinkedIn member @katepullendraws found a love of letters and words while studying graphic design and at her first in-house job. She's since honed her craft by putting in the hours and filling her portfolio with pieces that inspired her. Creating balance and movement, she sees type as art and she’s not alone, hand-lettering has enjoyed quite a resurgence. Kate may refer to her success as luck, but with any business, there's much to be said for hard work and doing what you love. 📸 : @laura.may.grogan
When ballerina and LinkedIn member, @tracyannejones, auditioned to attend the Royal Ballet at 11 years old, she didn’t realize it could turn into a career. Once Tracy saw it could be a viable and exciting profession, nothing could stop her from improving her craft. “...as dancers, we are always trying to jump a little higher, squeeze in an extra turn or hold that balance a second longer, but it is also extremely important to continue developing as an artist each day.” Behind the hours of training is an appreciation that Tracy can share art, express herself, and most importantly, connect with people around the world. 📸: @candidlycreated
Singer and LinkedIn member, @mariememusic is all about evolving. One of the key reasons Marieme’s career has grown is because she has been authentic to herself. She also makes the effort to extend that authenticity to everyone around her through empathy and understanding. “Being human like that creates space where people are not just trying to survive, but they are able to thrive.” Knowing herself has moved Marieme's career forward and now her voice reaches the world, connecting others through music.
LinkedIn member, @t_rez, feels like he’s achieved his goal if his designs bring smiles to others. Tommy brings positivity to life through all his creations. However, like every career journey, the daily grind can take its toll. "For me, there are definitely highs and lows of being an independent freelance artist. To avoid burnout, I like being conscious of taking breaks in my process.“ Tommy makes the effort to pause and try new creative things to get different parts of his brain engaged. By taking time for himself, he stays inspired and continues his journey to share happiness with others. PHOTO CRED: @patrickyandoc
LinkedIn member and founder of Period Inc., @nadyaokamoto, discovered her voice through activism. She founded what is now a culture-shifting movement at a point in her life when she felt powerless and voiceless. Through her organization, Nadya was able to share her ideas, fight for something she believes in, and push people to think differently about menstrual equity and gender equality. “It's what made me realize the power and potential of my own voice.” Through sharing her story, Nadya has given a new perspective to her cause and is using her voice to make the changes she wants to see for women around the world. Photo Cred: NATALIA MOENA
Social media entrepreneur and LinkedIn member, @nataliezfat, left a traditional career in print media to create her own lane in the digital world. "Like any decent entrepreneur, I recognized the demand for social media expertise - and created a supply.” Using social media, Natalie was able to chart her own course and build a rewarding career. “I think if you’re working 40 hours a week and not having any fun, you might want to re-evaluate how you’re going to spend the next 40 years.” Now, 10 years in and over 100 clients stronger, she is loving her choice. "If I can get away with doing this for the rest of my life, I will." 📸: @grantfriedmanphoto
When Senior Brand Strategist, content creator, and LinkedIn member @Nelson_Yong was working in a large tech firm, he knew he had to push himself to succeed. “I knew deep down that I wasn't fully utilizing my creative mind to create solutions for the brands I really want to work with.” Using his professional network, he was able to build connections — and a portfolio of clients. “I can tangibly see my connections, I can learn from the latest news and insights, and I can brand myself personally so I can reach that next marketing client.” Even after shifting to a successful career as a marketing consultant, he’s not resting on his laurels. “I take every engagement as a chance to prove myself (while adding value to the client) so that I'm creating the case study, not just following one.” 📸: @mallory.macdonald
Transgender rights speaker, Salesforce intern, and LinkedIn member, Yasmin Vitoria, knows that it’s extremely important to work for a company that is aligned with her purpose. When she started her career, Yasmin felt she could not be true to herself, but she quickly learned that her happiness is non-negotiable and found a company that supported her. “Now, I’m Yasmin, a transgender black woman who works for Salesforce dealing with company customers every day.” She uses her voice to help others learn that investing in diversity is a priority. Yasmin believes companies should consider the full spectrum of diversity when hiring their workforce—and that starts with better understanding the needs of underrepresented groups. 📸: @marianapekin
Designer, New York Times best-selling author, and LinkedIn member, @JustinaBlakeney, has always been motivated by being underestimated. She encourages others to, “...own who you are, play to your strengths, and always (always!) strive for growth.” This mindset has taken her career to new levels. She consistently sets goals, small and large, to push herself creatively and professionally. Being true to herself has made Justina realize every success makes her career that much sweeter. #2 @loloirugs
LinkedIn member, Nicole Giordano of @startupfashion, knew from a young age that she wanted to work for herself. Starting out, she didn’t know exactly what that looked like. Her love of fashion eventually led her to a cause worth pursuing —helping others thrive. "I wanted independent makers of fashion to feel supported and legit, not dismissed and excluded.” Inspired, Nicole created StartUp Fashion, a blog that quickly became a source of support for independent fashion startups. She was able to approach her career her way, turning a cause into a business. With members in every country, Nicole is making a global change by helping fashion startups grow their way.
LinkedIn member, Jess Crow of @crowcreekdesigns, is a builder, artist, and teacher. One thing that has helped her achieve success in her career is being able to overcome fear. From working in a male-dominated field to pursuing her passion in art, Jess has pushed herself to adapt, learn, and grow. It can be scary, but she continues to find confidence through the art she creates and shares that same determination with others through teaching. "Showing people how art can transform not only your home, but your self-confidence will always be amazing to me."
Actor and LinkedIn member, @looqhamilton has performed in front of packed audiences throughout his career, but he’s found out the “business" part of showbiz can play a major role in success. “At the end of the day, you are essentially running your own small business where the product you’re selling is you.” For Luke, that was one of the hardest parts to prepare for in his profession. "A lot of the business is learned tribally, which is why it’s so important to be involved in the community.” Finding and learning from those he trusted was important. From mentors to colleagues, Luke surrounded himself with those who could provide the insights he needed to thrive on and off the stage. With that community, he can confidently walk into the spotlight.
Professional ballet dancer and LinkedIn member, @_xander, excelled to become a principal dancer at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet, but getting there was no easy feat. He battled doubt from the very beginning of his career in London. “I worked my hardest to be noticed for roles, but I remained overlooked and was left to carry props backstage for four years.” As frustrating as it was, Xander seized an opportunity to practice with a guest ballet master and worked hard to make a positive impression. "(When) he left, I thought that was that, but six months later that same man became the director of Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet. He remembered me and sent a message to invite me to join the company.” Xander embraced the opportunity, overcame his doubt, and took a leap forward in his career. 📸 #2: @silaavvakum
After excelling in music, award-winning classical soprano and LinkedIn member @Rhitrition shifted her career path. She found herself “disillusioned” with the industry and decided she wanted to work toward another love: nutrition. But that transition came with self-doubt and insecurities. “I had to learn another language which was worlds away from my musical background.” Despite the obstacles presented, she pushed forward and discovered her own, unique version of success. Now with every recipe and dish she creates, Rhiannon inspires others to do the same and live their best lives -- from the inside out. . #2: @JessieWhealyPhotography
LinkedIn member Andrea Arden of @andreaardendogtraining has a unique job she loves, and she attributes her career growth to the help of a mentor. She was already well into dog training and even secured a spot on a TV show, but it was with the help of a mentor that she started to gain more confidence. “My mentor helped me with seeing myself as a professional and creating a business structure that provided financial security while also creating space for a life outside of work.” With the help of her mentor, Andrea was able to avoid the burnout many animal care providers experience. Now, she can continue to give her best when helping furry pals.
Meet author, CEO, and LinkedIn member, @nadi.elias. After 17 years working as a CPA advising local and international businesses, he wanted to do more. Nadi created a way to bring his love of coffee and consulting together. "I am addicted to coffee and helping business owners conquer challenges to achieve success, whatever their definition might be.” Through his new business, Nadi unexpectedly discovered his ultimate career goal: happiness. “When love for what you do and what you enjoy doing collide - you have a perfect reason to get out of bed every day, with a massive smile on your face.
The success of @greatergood_events CEO and LinkedIn member, Ellen Hockley, began with a major hurdle. "Before I started my business I was fired from a job and was totally crushed." But instead of letting her fear and worry consume her, she decided to stick to her goals. "I got where I am through a lot of grit and determination, and honestly even failure." Ellen took a unique idea she had considered pursuing and turned it into action. With the support of those around her she started an event planning business focused on sustainability and ethical events. Looking back, Ellen can see that it was embracing her hurdles (not running from them) that ultimately set her up for success. 📸: @jen.chanyi
As a graphic designer by day and an edible-art superhero by night, LinkedIn member, @lucie.bakes credits much of her extra-curricular success to her current coworker and friend. “She created an account for her artisan soaps and it really took off. She encouraged me to begin my own page for baking and we’ve been tackling the world of social media together ever since.” Inspiration from her social sidekick helped take Lucie’s brand to the next level and now she has a dedicated group of fans following her every delicious move.
LinkedIn member and on-camera news anchor, @daniellerobay, landed her dream job and then did something strange… she quit. “When I got [to my new office], the job description was completely different from its actual duties, the people I was working with were competitive instead of collaborative, and after six months of trying to push through everyday but secretly crying in the bathroom at lunch, I quit.” But she didn’t give up. Instead, Danielle took a chance and turned to LinkedIn where she cold-messaged professionals in her field, including an executive from VH1 who was willing to offer a helping hand. That helping hand lead to more meetings and finally an interview with her current company, which ended up being much more her style. “LEAP!” Says Danielle, “You have to say yes to things before you think you’re ready, and go after opportunities you may not be ‘qualified’ for … If you have a strong why, you will figure out how.”
LinkedIn member, @karanikolov, approaches life from a different angle. “I started doing aerial photography [in 2016] and now I always carry a small drone with me when on the road, trying to capture authentic environments and unusual perspectives.” His drone helps him reach new heights and his love for photography allows Dimitar to take his career as an architecture visualizer to the next level. From this unique vantage point, he’s able to make connections and see opportunities others might miss. “I believe people should not limit themselves with what they have studied or have been doing in the past. We live in a dynamic time and we no more have to stick to a linear career path, but can easily explore new areas and try new ways to express ourselves."
One connection can change a life. Diamond Blackwood is going from living in a homeless shelter to creating a brighter future for herself and her family. Watch the full story: LinkedIn.com/Diamond #InItTogether
LinkedIn member @petilau_aristofreak wasn't always planning to be an interior designer, but a slight nudge forward from her community made it possible. “I was given a project to design for a close friend’s father ... and from there I began traveling around the world designing homes.” Peti heard opportunity knock, immediately answered, and decided to push forward full-force - Even forgoing a potential career in Opera to pursue her new dream and enter design school. “When I completed all those projects I decided to take my career to a more serious path and chose to get a degree at the New York school of interior design.” Now, she creates spaces for both big names as well as those just looking to transform their personal house into a home. But she’s always ready for new opportunities that might come her way. 📸: @nickonken