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Choose Must: Learning from the Paths of Others

Elle Luna, Artist, Designer & Author

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7 Videos (20m)
    • Introduction

    • Project: Making Your Mentor Tree

    • Identifying Your Mentors

    • Categorizing Your Mentors

    • Creating Your Mentor Tree

    • How I Use My Mentor Tree

    • Using Your Mentor Tree in Your Work


About This Class

Must is your calling. It's what you feel deeply convicted to do. In order to identify and follow your Must, you have to show up and take a few steps — and this exercise will help you get there.

Success is never from scratch. Join Elle Luna, artist, designer, and author of The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion for a tactical and inspiring exercise on learning how to take action from inspirations. Elle walks you through assembling a Mentor Tree: you'll identify a list of dream mentors, learn more about their approach, and use that as a tool for getting unstuck. Identifying your influences and learning from their practices and their success will give you clarity in your own creative pursuits.

This is a great exercise to use in your day-to-day life as a creator. It's an exercise you can return to whenever you need inspiration, a boost of energy, or a bit of critique in your work. If you're someone who loves to pin and tack up what inspires you — and looks up to creators on their own journeys — this class will reinvigorate what you do and give you space to grow.

126 of 128 students recommendSee All

Very inspiring and fun class. Elle is a natural and very energetic teacher. I have had this list of names for a long time, but the idea of making them visible in portraits is exciting to me. I expect them to come alive so much more.
Lucy Lambriex

Photo- & videographer for the camera shy

This was fun. A unique way to create a mentor group!
This class is great! worth the small amount of time for the large amount of inspiration!
Holly Rutt

Owner and Lead Designer at Sweet Pea Floral Design





Elle Luna

Artist, Designer & Author

Elle Luna paints, designs, and writes. She also runs a textile venture, the Bulan Project, a collaboration between designers and master batik artists in Bali, and has previously worked as a designer at IDEO and with startups including Mailbox, Medium, and Uber. She speaks to groups around the world, sharing the story of "The Crossroads of Should and Must," and lives in San Francisco and online at

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