Jess Williamson, Musician

Jess Williamson, Musician

With an enviably dedicated routine, Jess Williamson makes making a living as a musician look effortless. With three records and several international tours under her belt, Jess’s confidence in her power and creativity shines through: “If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, no one else will. But mostly it’s because this is all I’ve ever wanted to do! I feel grateful and excited to show the world what I’ve been working on,” she says. This palpable delight seeps through her work, particularly in the video “I See The White,” where she dances with four other versions of herself on the beach. In this interview, she beautifully discusses the “spark of inner knowing” when putting work out— a reminder that the answers to most of our anxieties are within us, and simply need to be acknowledged in order to be overcome.

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Veronica Ortuño, Founder and Director of Las Cruxes & Interior Designer

Veronica Ortuño, Founder and Director of Las Cruxes & Interior Designer

Founder and director of the Austin-based boutique Las Cruxes, Veronica Ortuno stays busy. Beyond the Las Cruxes storefront, which showcases Veronica’s remarkable eye for the unexpectedly beautiful when it comes to home goods, independent designer apparel, vintage, and vinyl, the space also serves as both gallery and community space, hosting everything from chess clubs to women’s groups. In addition to this, Veronica manages her own interior design firm, Casa Veronica, which is primarily based in Detroit. Her graciousness with herself as both a business owner and creative person shine brightly, particularly with her response to what her “big dream” is:  “I suppose just intuitively feeling and knowing wholeheartedly where I need to be. No regrets, even in past experiences and choices that at the time maybe weren’t the best for me. Life is so complex and you can learn so much if you open yourself up to it. I try to just enjoy the journey, take the good with the bad, think big and keep manifesting.”

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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, 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...but I really do just love to work."

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