Alex Cohen, Musician & Producer

Alex Cohen, Musician & Producer

Since the release of her debut album This Is Not a Bedroom in 2014, Alex Cohen of Alex Napping and Pema, hasn’t stopped working. Signed to both Father/Daughter Records and Topshelf Records, with 4 albums and an EP under her belt, as well as an array of music videos Alex's incredible drive and work ethic have proved the maxim, “the harder I work, the luckier I get” truer than ever. However, it's her words on process that display both the effort and resilience required to truly enjoy making things: "enjoying the journey, enjoying the process, and for me it’s been a long and hard-won thing, to realize I really do enjoy the process. It obviously is important to me to finish things, and I do like finishing things in reasonable timelines, but I really do just love to work."

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Murphy Anne Carter, Writer & Director at Freehand Arts Project

Murphy Anne Carter, Writer & Director at Freehand Arts Project

Austin-based writer and activist Murphy Anne Carter truly practices what she preaches. The director of the Freehand Arts Project, a non-profit organization that brings art, writing and literature classes to individuals incarcerated in Texas, Murphy balances a rigorous teaching schedule at the prison, in addition to studying Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. Beyond Murphy's unwavering belief in the power of art and language in the lives of some of America's most underserved individuals, her wonderful motto,  "Discipline is remembering what you want," serves as a reminder for all of us to courageously pursue whatever it is that we love.

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Emi Zehr-Do, Hairstylist, Business Owner, & Social Media & Digital Strategist

Emi Zehr-Do, Hairstylist, Business Owner, & Social Media & Digital Strategist

Austin’s queen of effortlessly chic “cool girl hair,” Emi Zehr-Do was born in Tajikistan, and has a career in hair that’s spanned stints in Paris, Montreal and New York City. Currently traveling nationally and internationally styling and coloring hair, Emi is fluent in four languages, and has hands in projects ranging from translation and product development, to social media and digital strategy. Additionally, her work been featured by brands such as Verb and Sephora. Beyond her sheer talent and artistry within the beauty industry, Emi's courage in the face of obstacles and graceful outlook are inspiring:  “You just have to find a way to continue to be humble, continue to value yourself, and just be okay with yourself in general. As long as I’m behaving in a way that is matching my intentions, then I don’t stress.”

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Sarah Jasmine Montgomery, Writer & Photographer

Sarah Jasmine Montgomery, Writer & Photographer

A multi-hyphenate, the uber-talented Sarah Jasmine Montgomery is a writer, photographer and artist. From her effortless and intimate portraits of everyone from Chance the Rapper to her friends, she's generated an endless array of media that's been featured everywhere from Complex to Vevo to The Fader. However, it's her incredible work ethic and unique ability to beautifully synthesize ideas both verbally and visually that set her apart. Her thoughts on success are particularly striking: "Success is typically rooted in some kind of capital gain or recognition following production, but the actual product is rarely the point. I create because I like creating, and at this stage in my career it’s all about the work. As long as I enjoy it and am happy with the process, the ebb and flows of other external things don’t really matter to me." 

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