Just over four months and 15 interviews in, with great content from formidable talent, I thought it'd be valuable to take a look back at quotes and ideas that stood out. The intention for the series is to connect with fascinating, creative artists and thought-leaders who have carved out an authentic path in a field they're passionate about, and to reflect their experience, vision and thoughts to you. 
There's power in sharing our stories - they call us to our truth, stir us to action and remind us of our common humanity. These conversations abound with insight, and have personally been a source of inspiration to continue along my own trail, often offering practical and prescient wisdom on how to live a life with focus, open possibility and truth. 
The following is a quick glance at the first five interviews: Julia Govor and Pheek on success, Dave Angel on his relationship with music and lessons learned, Johnny Trika's advice to his younger self and Mark Quail on win-win solutions. Enjoy! 

||JULIA GOVOR when asked how she's created success:

I don’t think it’s success. It’s just the way I like to express myself. This is my work, this is normal when you[‘ve been] doing it more than 10 years, right? But I feel like I am a beginner.

I want to feel like I’m a beginner and do everything spontaneously, based on my intuition and full of enthusiasm. I don’t want to go to that zone where I feel like, ‘Oh, I’m successful’ or, 'What will they think of me if I do that' or, 'Oh they won’t understand me.' I want to feel like I’m a beginner and every day do something new to support music and art. This is what keeps me young.

I want to have open possibility for whatever I am doing today.

||DAVE ANGEL’s relationship with music:

For me, music is a way of life. It’s a relationship. It’s like you meet people that come and go in your life, so many people come and go. You meet wonderful people, you meet some not so good people, but the one thing about music is that she’ll always be there for me. No matter what. Even when I’m at my lowest. When I was ill, sick, I’d put my headphones on and she was always there for me. The way I look at music is as a love affair.

Lesson learned:

Never start something you love and not finish it, because you’re going to regret it.

||JOHNNY TRIKA’s advice to his younger self:

Probably don’t stop working! (Laughter) Number one thing. My motto is, I believe in talent, but I believe more in work ethic. So yea, I would tell my younger self, “Don’t stop working.”

||MARK QUAIL on what he likes most about his work as an attorney, and all sides benefitting:

What I do is I negotiate contracts and put deals together. And that kind of is the favourite part of my job - I like negotiating contracts. I pride myself on knowing the business of music inside out and then applying that knowledge to a contract to ensure that my client, whether it’s a record company or an artist, is getting the best deal possible. And it’s interesting in this world too, because the best deal possible doesn’t mean that one side wins and one side loses, it means that both sides have to be happy, because if they’re not, you’re going to end up divorced really quickly. And that’s not fruitful in a creative relationship, whether you’re a music publisher signing a writer or a record company signing a performing artist.

We need to ensure everybody’s happy because then that should lend itself to a fruitful and profitable relationship for both parties. So, that’s kind of what I enjoy the most from the legal side.

||PHEEK on success:

It’s sort of abstract, but for me success is how are you connected with your community. And it’s not about how many likes you have on Facebook or how many friends you have, but more, are your friends in love with your music? Are your friends coming to see you play when you play in your living room? To me, that says that it’s amazing.

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