Artists Share Their Stories Project Survey


Artists Share Their Stories Survey allows people from around the world toparticipate in this community art project that aims to foster peacefuldialogue on people`s goals/visions for the future.

Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-22 01:31:57
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Jennifer Kwan

Month of birth (optional):

January

Year of Birth:

1992

Place of birth:

State of Maryland

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

When I was younger, I would always think about how I would design my dream house. I've always thought that I would become an interior designer one day. It wasn't until college when I've come to realize that my love for creating my dream home is very different from wanting to pursue a career in creating one for others. I realized that my biggest interest is skincare. My biggest dream in life is to create my own skincare line someday.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

I've always been interested, but just recently realized

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I plan to major in chemistry to become a cosmetic chemist. I've realized that my passion for skincare has never faded, it only keeps on growing. The older I get, the more I find my self wanting to explore the best ingredients for our skin.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-20 20:23:44
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

kaukahi

Month of birth (optional):

march

Year of Birth:

1971

Place of birth:

san francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

san francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

I would like to be a new designer for aloha wear(popular clothing in hawaii) bring the designs up to date and live half the time in hawaii and half in san francisco.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

4 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I've read many hawaiian history books and sketched petroglyphs,native plants,traditional belongings of hawaiian royalty,and many other things as well as looking at what people are wearing and coming up with new twists and colors. I have had my dreams to do this for a while but didn\'t know where to start and then one night i met a friendly stranger at my work who had such a warm personality and after a nice conversation she told me to go to school and pursue my dream. That was the random push i needed and i went home that night and looked at the classes being offered. This was in march so it took a little bit but i made it into school and am actively pursuing my dream
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-20 03:28:46
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Charlie

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1963

Place of birth:

San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To become an artist/designer/filmmaker and exhibit my work.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

10 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I have tried in the past but along the way I got caught up in the technical support side of creative production rather than producing my own creative designs and content
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-17 00:36:41
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Student99999

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1981

Place of birth:

New Jersey USA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco CA USA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To be independently wealthy, so I can volunteer for the good of humanity.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

10 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

My goal can be decomposed into two simple steps: 1) become independently wealthy 2) volunteer Step 1 is the challenge. To achieve this, I have gone to school studies hard and am currently in a career with a high income potential. I plan to work hard at my career to achieve the high income that comes with it.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-14 20:29:41
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

L. arias

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1978

Place of birth:

colombia

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

USA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

become an architect that is sensitive to the needs of the people and the planet
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

past 2 yrs

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I am currently attending school
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-13 21:14:27
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Jenny Peng

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1967

Place of birth:

China

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life is to get a degree and be able to teach little kids art.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

Three years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I start taking art classes and plan to finish a degree as sonn as possible.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-13 15:39:01
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Butterfly

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1988

Place of birth:

VIETNAM

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

DALY CITY

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

providing support for my parents
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

3 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I started by recognizing how important they are to me
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-11 19:38:04
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

s.w

Month of birth (optional):

12.0

Year of Birth:

1992

Place of birth:

Korea

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to get M.A or if possible Ph.d degree in Art History, and later I want to be an art historian and teach art history.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

about 4 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

First thing I did was study abroad to U.S because only few schools in Korea provide Art History Korea, but mostly the Eastern Art History, So now I\'m studying in U.S and plan to get Bachelors degreein Art History first.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-11 01:06:50
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Kim

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1992

Place of birth:

Los Angeles

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To be a freelance Illustrator
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

Only a few years but I\'ve always loved drawing

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

My plan is to go to college and learn all I can about Graphic Design. Graphic Design is such a diverse and growing field that I feel I can really find a place in it for a career in art
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-10 18:53:37
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Fiona

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1984

Place of birth:

Hong Kong

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

Richmond, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to be able to eliminate inequality in the society where everybody has equal accesses to resources and are being respected equally disregards of their nationality, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and health conditions etc.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

10 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I\'ve been working with non-profits agencies which assist disadvantaged groups to achieve a better-quality life. I\'ve also started creating advocacy videos to raise public awareness.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-09 14:55:28
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

mungtina

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1990

Place of birth:

Virginia, Alexandria

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

I eventually want to find and run my own brand successfully. The business will produce different products on which our own design logo\'s placed on it. I wish the brand becomes popular so that the brand name has strong impact. When the brand gets socially impactful, I want to participate social works by using the influence of the brand such as donating certain percents from the annual income to help others and to bring a good influent to the society.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

since middle school

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

My parents kept telling me about me having talent in art and encouraged me about how I could make better character logos when we spotted some cute character logos. Taking art related classes also helped me to realize that art related field is one of the most suitable area I could pursue in my life time. By having a part-time job at one of the food retail store, I tend to enjoy thinking about how how the customer would love to visit more if we brings some ideas to the business. Of course peer\'s compliments on my character design and creativeness also encouraged me a lot.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-08 20:08:06
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Christopher m Ramsey

Month of birth (optional):

October

Year of Birth:

1981

Place of birth:

anhiem, ca

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

san Francisco, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To have my artwork and written work enjoyed by as many people as I can. An to hear people thoughts about it so I can improve my own style.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

5.0

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

Through display my writen and visual works through on-line media pages such as fanfiction.net and deviantart.com.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-08 16:13:52
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Carol M.

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1991

Place of birth:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

Work for a design firm/company as a user experience/interaction/web designer.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

Since Spring 2011

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I was taking exploratory classes at CCSF, taking language classes and other interests. After taking DSGN 101, Fall 2010, I decided to explore the field more and realized it seems like a
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-07 16:27:06
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Carmen

Month of birth (optional):

november

Year of Birth:

1934

Place of birth:

mineola long island ny

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

san francisco ca

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

to see many of the outdoor wonders of the world
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

been there a long time at least 20years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

visited some of the national state parks in the usa and a few on other continents some I did on tours -neeting others--some with a friend to help plan influenced by my parents who also had a love of the outdoors--and friend and family who shared this dream
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-06 22:09:40
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

colorviolet

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1962

Place of birth:

El Salvador

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

Do right and make my family happy.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

become a good painter/illustrator/designer

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I started here at CCSF taking computer hardware classes and I learned what I wanted and then after I wanted to make webpages in the earliest 2000, so I toke many classes in the multimedia program, last I know that I need it to get some design skill, which is my last classes I\'m taking.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-07 00:29:19
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Lion

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1978

Place of birth:

Africa

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To be a Scientist. In chemistry, Physics or biology.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

Since i was 12 years old

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

It started through Science courses in high school. Chemistry, Physics and biology. It made me think why are things the way they are in life. That fascination caused me to Pursue Science. I realized after few years biochemistry is the major i want to persue.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-06 02:14:57
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

JR

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1993

Place of birth:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To have a career that combines my passion for art and design with travel and fashion. As long as I can incorporate these creative hobbies into my life, I think I will be happy.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

About one year.

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I have gained inspiration for my dream through creating a blog and sharing my ideas with others. I realized this dream or goal around a year ago, when I first created the blog.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-05 18:23:28
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

mich

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1979

Place of birth:

Chicago, IL

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To be happy, successful, financially secure, and to do anything my heart desires. Examples: Start various companies, produce fashion shows, travel the world, and so much more.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

since I was 5 years old.

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I\'ve been doing my best to follow my hearts desires through out my life and have produced a successful fashion event, but haven\'t had the courage to open up a business and, or do anymore fashion shows or to pursue any other business ventures / goals due to personal obstacles, fear of failure, and feeling paralyzed creatively.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-04 20:18:31
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Susan

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1972

Place of birth:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To have a place of my own to live, a house or condominium.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

5 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

No
What deterred you from pursuing your dream?

I don\'t have enough money. And I also know that owning a home is not a smart investment. It is better to rent. But that doesn\'t keep me from dreaming of having a little house of my own on my own land.
HelpPlease describe the circumstances, the influence of others or lack ofopportunities which prevented you from following your dream.
What do you need to pursue your dream?

A lot of money. I\'d need to get a different job that pays more, or enter a different field of work. Moving to somewhere else in the country where real estate is cheaper would also help. I could also get married and combine my income with that other someone else. But in that case I might as well buy a house with a friend, because then if we end up going our separate ways there would be less legal entanglements.
HelpWhere do you believe you may find support? What would be the steps for you to follow to realize your dream?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-04 13:25:04
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

lola

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1963

Place of birth:

SE Asia

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To open up an internet art studio cafe in Ecuador.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

2 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I visited the area where I want to open up my business in Ecuador. I will use most of my savings for purchasing the property and begin the planning process with my business plan. Once all is in place I will hire reliable employees to build the studio and send out various forms of advertisements.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-03 19:43:10
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Janise

Month of birth (optional):

Dec

Year of Birth:

1978

Place of birth:

China

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

Daly City, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

I would like to open my own preschool center
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

7 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I went to SFSU for studying Child Development and Special Education. After, I finished school, I worked at a preschool class room for 5 years. Now, I am taking a break before I open it.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-03 16:15:17
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Neidraen

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1977

Place of birth:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life... I can\'t think of ever having a single dream for my entire life. As I live my life, my understanding of the world around me, how I partake in it, and how I would like to partake in it is ever evolving and changing. Up to this point, for every goal I\'ve set out to accomplish, in both the ones I\'ve successfully accomplished as well as the ones in which I\'ve failed, I realized that they were equally important in my journey through life. With that in mind, my goal I suppose is to continue to grow, evolve, have transcending experiences in both simple and complicated ways and have the presence of mind to fully appreciate them.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

To some small degree, I was cognizant of this in my teens, but I\'ve only come to understand this in a more profound way in the last 3-4 years.

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

Experiences. Incrementally through little steps. From setting a goal, working hard, making sacrifices and persevering towards it, accomplishing it, and then reflecting on how I felt about the achievement of the goal (the satisfaction or lack there of), the entire experience and where I\'ve ended up because of it.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-03 12:10:35
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Luna

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1987

Place of birth:

Jakarta, Indonesia

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

Mountain View, California

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

Fashion has been my passion since high school. I am always intrigued by color, the appearance of the fabric, and the feel/movement of the fabric on the body. My biggest dream at the moment is to become a fashion designer and create my own clothing line.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

2-3 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I quit my job to pursue my dream and become a full time fashion design student. It was a really big risk to take, but I carefully thought of this decision for more than a year and I finally had the courage to forgo my previous career to pursue this passion. In the next few years, upon completing my education in fashion design, I hope to be able do what I love for a living.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-02 20:56:31
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Kisa

Month of birth (optional):

Year of Birth:

1993

Place of birth:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

California

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream would be to get a job which uses conceptual art, film, animation, scripting, and video editing. Just by looking at what I want, I\'m sure there won\'t exist a job that has all this unless you go freelance. But even so, I am willing to find a way to fulfill my dream since you must do what you like in order to be motivated.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

Starting at 11 but finally decided at 17.

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

Ever since I was 11, I wanted to major in film. I was first introduced through an after school program, there I had people I knew who attended and they introduced me to a film club they were in. I took interest and learned how videos were made and how to create scripts. My interest deepened as I became interested in animation after watching Pirates of Caribbean. After being exposed to cut scenes of Final Fantasy by cubenix, I realized that I always wanted to create fantasy-like art where your can let your creativity loose. Throughout my high school year, I was wavering what I should major in once I enter college. Once I did a little bit more research, I decided that I wanted to major in Digital Media where film, animation,and conceptual art is covered.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-02 00:12:15
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

bumblebee

Month of birth (optional):

september

Year of Birth:

1987

Place of birth:

napa

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To become a environmental scientist and help find some solutions to help slow down the pollution that men cause.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

2 years

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I stated by volunteering for beach clean ups and joining school clubs and changing my major to environmental science.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2012-03-01 22:38:11
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Ramsey

Month of birth (optional):

9.0

Year of Birth:

1981

Place of birth:

Landsthul military base, germany

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

When I was at School of the Arts high school I felt like I could do anything. Forced to select a major (or else my dad would not pay for college at SF State) i was told to be a film major. That was when I realized that I was not as good of an artist as most of my classmates. I did some web design work, which actually made me feel like i could actually function as an artist. When I graduated I decided a dream that I might have a chance at achieving was to be a \"fine arts illustrator\", and \"master the web.\"
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

since 2005

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I looked on craigslist and deviantart. I am not sure how to \"go on my own\" I only know how to look for \"needs\" and fill them.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-21 00:58:27
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

c m

Month of birth (optional):

June

Year of Birth:

1988

Place of birth:

San Francisco, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

Oakland, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream is to be able to travel around the world and explore as many cultures as possible. I would like to pursue a career that keeps me productive but also allows me to be creative. Perhaps something like graphic design or visual merchandising.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

since childhood

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I think that the best way to prepare myself for accomplishing my dreams is to get educated and learn as much as possible. I also want to continue practicing my favorite artistic hobbies.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-17 17:44:49
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Isla

Month of birth (optional):

May

Year of Birth:

1985

Place of birth:

england

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

america

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

my current dream is to find my dream. Something i am passionate about, which makes me happy, and others happy, which also keeps my mind moving. I would like to constantly be learning. I enjoy so many ways of being creative it is hard for me to forsee one big dream.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

since i finnished highschool and had to create my own goals

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

by trying out as many things as possible. moving to america, and seeing how easy it is to suppost my self with a service industry job part time, giving my self time to explore other possibilitys, unlike the u.k. which this would be imposible
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-15 18:08:02
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Marti S.

Month of birth (optional):

February

Year of Birth:

1963

Place of birth:

Eureka, California

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco, California

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To get my bachelors degree and then pursue a career in interior design. It is doable but harder than one might imagine once you an adult and wrapped up with commitments and schedules.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

I have always loved design and I am just shy of credits for a degree but just recently this path has become a clear idea/goal.

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I started by researching schools and their costs. I always had it in my head that school had become much too expensive and that I would not be able to afford it. But after research I realized that it will be hard but that I can do it. I have started a class and have a college counselor helping me with my transcripts to see what I tranfer towards this degree. I will need to continue to work full time so it will take a while but I will be so happy and proud to finally get my degree! My design career seed has already been planted for years. I have designed and renovated many homes and always enjoy it. I have been told over and over by friends and acquaintances that it is what I should do. For some reason I would always sluff it off as un-doable. I am still in the beginning stages but I feel pretty confident about this path of formal education, goal setting and forward movement!
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-15 15:13:24
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Matt White

Month of birth (optional):

December

Year of Birth:

1973

Place of birth:

N├╝rnberg, Germany

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

In the specific answer to this question, I find myself on the cusp of a new phase in my life, with new burgeoning dreams as yet unformed. Formerly, my dream was to work as a Circus Artist in a intimate and astounding troupe traveling and honing my skills. Now, my life priorities have shifted, and I look toward graphic design/illustration and Physical Therapy to meet my inner and outer needs. I am just beginning on this new path. Overall my life\'s work is to lead a life rich in love, laughter, friends, expression, experience, learning and work. Simply to live well- deeply and freely in intimate connection to others.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

All my life

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

A friend of mine calls it \"following the scent.\" I first began by exploring after High School. I hitchhiked around Europe working on farms, cafes, and boatyards for 9 months, and I continued to travel over the next few years in spurts around America and again in Europe to see and discover new things. When I landed in San Francisco and discovered the Circus Center, things began to take hold. In Europe, I had seen many inspiring street performances. I also enjoyed working with my body in my manual labor jobs, in my small martial arts training, and circus training felt like a good fit. Training was the hook at first,I learned a variety of Circus disciplines under amazing coaches, and the I appreciated the clarity and solidity of the accomplishment. However, the more I became immersed the more I saw the artistry and depth of performance beyond the training.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-10 22:30:46
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Leyla Ozsen

Month of birth (optional):

October

Year of Birth:

1975

Place of birth:

Turkey

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco, CA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

To create beauty; to be a prolific artist and have an impact in the world through artistic expression.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

consciously only for a few months, subconsciously probably for over a year or two, probably suppressed the desire and the dream since junior highschool.

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

About over a year ago, I decided to quit my tenure-track position at a very prestigious university to seek a more spiritual and balanced life. I desired to find internal peace and perhaps to take on arts. So I took a less demanding job in San Francisco. Having been more in tune with myself helped me find the courage to take art classes; potentially I might go further and attain an art degree.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-10 21:50:36
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Muzaffer

Month of birth (optional):

Aug

Year of Birth:

1966

Place of birth:

Turkey

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

USA

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

be an engineer
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

all my life

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

went to college
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?
Survey Completion Time: 2009-10-10 19:08:56
Participant Info
Name or pseudonym:

Heather Coo

Month of birth (optional):

May

Year of Birth:

1987

Place of birth:

Burbank, California, United States

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Current place of residence:

San Francisco, California, United States

Helpcity, state, country or general geographical area
Main questions
What is your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life is to become a high school culinary arts teacher. Cooking, baking, and teaching are great passions of mine; i cannot wait to combine these interests into a rewarding career.
HelpImagine you have nothing holding you back from accomplishing your biggestdream, what would you like to pursue as your life`s work?
How long have you had this dream?

This dream began when i was a senior in high school

Did you ever try to pursue your dream or do you plan to pursue it?

Yes
How did you start or how do you plan to start realizing your ideal life`s work?

I began attaining this dream immediately after high school while living in Southern California. Soon after graduation, I enrolled in college courses and started my career path. After a year of attending school in Southern California, I moved to San Francisco and attended the California Culinary Academy. After receiving an associates degree in Culinary Arts in 2007, I continued my education at City College of San Francisco. Today, I am currently attending both City College and San Francisco State. In two years, I hope to receive a bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. From that point, i will pursue my teaching credential and possibly a masters degree.
HelpPlease describe the most important influences, conditions or opportunities inyour life which inspired you to pursue your dream. What are the stepsyou took or you plan to take to reach your goal?