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Allison Scagliotti

Allison Scagliotti

Actor. Director. Musician. You speak french. Is there anything you cannot do? A handstand. You started acting when you were just a kid, how do you think that shaped your career vs those who get involved later? I learned how to do my taxes when I was 12. I had my first kiss on camera. Being a kid actor felt a little like sitting on a phone book in the driver's seat of a semi. For me, anyway. Lately have been working a lot as a director. What is that like? Was it incredibly intimidating to walk on to set...

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Dana Williams

Dana Williams

Singer Songwriter Q. You are a successful, working musician. I would imagine that's super hard to achieve in such a competitive industry. Has there been something that's happened that's given you a feeling of accomplishment?  A. I don't know if I'd say there has been one single thing that has made me feel a sense of accomplishment or even if I would even describe myself as successful. I think that every day is different and it's important to be persistent. As an artist I've learned that people gravitate toward honesty, so the more honest I am with myself and my art the more accessible it is...

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Gita Vasseghi

Gita Vasseghi

Founder - No Mo Stache  Q. You founded the portable waxing kit brand, No Mo-Stache, which is being sold EVERYWHERE. Can you tell us how the company got started?A. No Mo-Stache was founded by necessity. I would always be working such crazy hours and traveling so often that I never had a chance to wax - I was pretty much a walking werewolf. I could never make it into a salon with my schedule and when I was home with access to a wax kit, my mustache never seemed to appear in the bathroom mirror enough to remind me to wax. I...

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Liesel Plambeck

Liesel Plambeck

Textile Designer Q: When you were in school, what was your vision for your career? Did it turn out like you thought? (What was your path like, career-wise, up to this point?) A: I’ve lost count how many times I’ve changed my mind about what I want to do. I was all over the place when I was going to Otis and was just so hungry to learn as much as I could. More than anything, I really wanted to learn how to academically draw and paint well. I felt that if I knew how to draw and paint, I...

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Christy Baird

Christy Baird

Founder LOHO Bride Q: First thing- what does LOHO in Loho Bride stand for? A: LOHO stands for league of her own. The wedding industry tends to label what kind of bride you are and I wanted our brand to inspire brides to feel confident in defining themselves.  Q: What was your first job? What did you before creating Loho Bride?  A: My first job was teaching ice skating at the age of 12. I was too young to be formally paid, so I got paid in rink time and my parents would reimburse me for their value. I was taught at...

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Kristen Gonzalez

Kristen Gonzalez

Co-Founder + Designer Selva Negra Q. How did you create Selva Negra? A. Sam and I started Selva Negra by sketching our ideas out at my tiny apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I was about to move back home to California so we decided to make our sketches into a reality by using some old fabrics that were left by other NY designers at this cutters office. We hand made everything and hosted a giant party with our friends and families. From there we hustled our Instagram and kept launching collections while holding down our full time jobs. Q. Is there...

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