Canada is the land of opportunity. It’s full of bright, creative and talented individuals that are carving the path for generations to come. Though Canada’s young successors make their accomplishments look easy, there’s a lot of hard work that goes behind their success. We caught up with 5 Canadian millennials who are all in the running to be named the national winner for their category at the Notable Awards, an event that celebrates the most notable millennials in Canada. We asked them to share their keys to success. Here’s what they had to say:

Kayla Rocca – Photographer (Best in Photography – ON)

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“Photograph with passion, continue to learn and educate yourself (both in photography and running a small business), keep your drive alive through personal work, use social media to showcase your photography, and always always, always back-up your files. And above all, be kind and respectful to everyone you meet.”

 

Silvia D’Costa & Vanessa de Mello – The Esthetic Institute Training Center (Best in Style and Beauty – AB)

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“Education and knowledge are the starting points to any successful venture. Like anything, you should never stop learning! Pursue your vision and your dreams and have realistic goals set for yourself. When you think you have given enough, give even more-in the end it will be worth it.  When you love what you do, it is easier to find the drive and motivation to create opportunities for yourself.

Embrace your individuality and your strengths and let it shine through in all that you do, this will help in differentiating yourself in the industry. Your attitude and the way you present yourself every day, is a reflection of who you are and what will draw people to you. Learn from every situation and know that you have to go through the tough times to appreciate the good ones.”

 

Brandon Svarc – Naked and Famous Denim (Best in Fashion – QC)

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“Young indie designers often ask me for advice on how to find the right sales showroom or agent to sell their collection. I always reply with 2 questions… Who is more passionate about your brand than you? Who knows more about your products than you? If the answer is ‘nobody’ then you must sell it yourself.”

 

Kiara LeBlanc – Saje Wellness (Best in Design – BC)notable-kiara

“The creative industry is one measured not just by talent but by passion. If your passion for creativity and design is what drives you, what gets you out of bed in the morning, what you would wake up and do at 3am, then the only thing to do is listen to Mr. Churchill and, “Never give up. Never never.” Design excellence is subjective and therefor easy to let a loud minority alter your path, or let comparison to others drain your joy. When this happens ground yourself back to the passion that got you started and remember why you love what you do, this love for this incredibly rewarding industry will guide you to excellence every time.”

 

Chloe Wilde – E! Canada (Best in Entertainment – ON)

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My biggest piece of advice would be to savour every minute of the ride! This is a wild and fast-paced industry, an industry where it is important to be proactive with your career and to keep looking ahead at how to grow. Don’t forget to appreciate everything that is happening around you, the amazing people you get to meet and the opportunities you are presented with. Blink and 2.5 years will have passed by! This has been the best 2.5 years of my life and I plan on savouring every minute of the adventure going forward.”

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