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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Margaret Williamson Bechtold, Creative Consultant, Fashion Stylist & Futurist

Margaret Williamson Bechtold, Creative Consultant, Fashion Stylist & Futurist

A force in Austin’s burgeoning fashion scene, Margaret Williamson Bechtold is a stylist, trend forecaster and creative consultant. She's also the founder of Girls Our Age, a curated zine that collects artwork and writing from millennial self-identified women from around the world. A New York City transplant, Bechtold’s remarkable warmth and generosity of spirit are on full display in this interview. Refreshingly transparent about everything from toxic work relationships  to her unique perspective on the “catch and release” of motivation, she also has one of the most admirably simple “big dreams” I’ve heard, to simply “do what feels right.” 

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Tyler Andere, A&R Rep, Blogger & Influencer

Tyler Andere, A&R Rep, Blogger & Influencer

Tyler Andere doesn’t seem to ever stop moving. One of the initial founders of the influential Portals music blog, they also work as an A&R rep at popular indie record labels Father/Daughter Records and Elestial Sound. In addition to balancing blogging and A&R work, Tyler has quietly helped launch the careers of musicians that have gone on to reach national and international acclaim, such as Vagabon, Moses SumneyMitski and Lomelda. Incredibly humble and refreshingly genuine, Tyler's commitment to uplifting the stories of marginalized artists and drive for finding music that shows "the pulse of the culture,” is both exemplary and exceptional. 

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