ON THE RISE
LEARN ABOUT our search for the #20ONTHERISE

20 PEOPLE x 5 CATEGORIES = 100 WAVEMAKERS.

20 On The Rise celebrates the individuals who are making waves and raising the tide, rocking their respective industries through hard work and creativity. We’re searching for the creators, risk-takers, movers and shakers who are pushing the limits. Help us find these rising stars so we can elevate their voices and affirm our mission to empower the creative economy to rise together, doing what they love.

WHAT IS IT?

This isn’t a popularity contest nor is it a ‘most liked’ list. 20 On The Rise is about the individuals who deserve to be recognized. It's a curated list of 20 rising stars in 5 categories nominated by you and selected based on: empowerment, impact, purpose, and passion.

WHO IS IT FOR?

Defining the creative economy isn't easy. Who we are as a community doesn’t fit into a box and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 20 On The Rise is for creative entrepreneurs, small business owners, freelancers, consultants and everyone in between.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Anyone who fits within the creative, freelance, and/or small business economy is eligible.
To simplify the process, we've created five key categories that encompass the majority of industries that fall within our community. 
DESIGNERS

Graphic Design
Web Design
Product Design
Interior Design
Fashion / Accessories
Stationery

MAKERS

Calligraphy
Artist
Craft / Makers
Ceramics
Woodworking
Glass
Painting
Illustration
Printmaking
Fiber Arts

SMALL BUSINESS EXPERTS

Bloggers
Consultants
Health + Wellness
Legal / Financial Pros
Restaurant Owners
Brokers
Real Estate Agents
Marketing / Comm Pros

EVENT PROFESSIONALS

Entertainment / DJ
Floral Design
Lighting / AV
Bakery / Desserts
Photobooths
Planning
Hair / Makeup
Stylists
Rentals
Food / Drinks

IMAGE MAKERS

Cinematography
Filmmaking
Photography
Vlogging

PRESENTED BY:
Our four brands are uniting to recognize individuals who are making an impact in the creative economy and freelance industry. This initiative is at the heart of everything that we do and everything that we stand for.

COMMUNITY OVER COMPETITION

“We must champion community over competition in order to truly raise the tide for all. This means celebrating and supporting the accomplishments of others because success is not a zero sum game. It means elevating fresh voices, rooting for the up and comers, and working every single day to leave this industry a little better than how we found it.”

NATALIE FRANKE // PHOTOGRAPHER + CO-FOUNDER OF RISING TIDE

SUBMIT A
NOMINATION

Join thousands of others in celebrating the trailblazers and wavemakers among us.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the criteria for nominees?

Nominees must identify as a member of the creative or freelance economy—an individual who uses their skills or creative passion to generate income.

Additionally:

  • Age: Nominees must be at least 18 years old.
  • Zero tolerance for discrimination: Submissions that contain or support an individual that promotes bullying, belittling, or expressing prejudice against, attacking or belittling a member or a group of people based on race, gender identity, color, religion, age, nationality, physical or mental disability, marital status, ancestry, veteran status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation will be disqualified.
do they need to be full time?

No! They can be full time, part-time, side-hustle CEOs, weekend warriors, and everything in between.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for individuals who believe in inclusivity, community over competition, and exemplify our Lift All Boats Policy + Core Values.

What does it mean to Lift All Boats?

Providing support, education, and guidance to their community as they build a business that they love. They believe in inclusivity, being better together, and empowerment through education.

What are OUR Core Values?
  • People come first
  • We go the extra mile
  • We love what we do
  • We are fearless
  • We are family
Who is eligible for this list?

Anyone in the creative, freelance, and/or small business economy.

  • Bakery / Desserts
  • Blogging
  • Business Consulting
  • Business Strategy
  • Calligraphy
  • Entertainment / DJ
  • Fashion / Accessories
  • Floral Design
  • Food / Drinks
  • Graphic Design
  • Hair / Makeup
  • Interior Design
  • Lighting / AV
  • Maker / Artisan
  • Marketing / PR & Communications
  • Photography
  • Photobooths
  • Planning
  • Rentals
  • Stationery
  • Stylists
  • Visual Art
  • Venue
  • Videography
  • Web Design
  • Wedding Professionals
How will the list be chosen?

Our team will review each nomination to identify creatives on the rise who embody our core values and mission. We will review based on the following criteria:

  • Empowerment: Are they empowering others to thrive?
  • Impact: Are they making an impact on the local or global community?
  • Purpose: Rather than focusing on follower counts and subscribers, we’re looking for individuals whose businesses are built with intention and are purpose driven. No “k” required.
  • Passion: Do they love what they do?

While multiple nominations of the same individual may be taken into account, please keep in mind that this list is not dependent on the amount of times an individual has been nominated.

Will there be voting once creatives have been nominated?

The heart behind this list is to celebrate those who deserve recognition. This is not based on popularity or bots bringing in votes. For that reason, there will not be a voting round. Real people, our team, will be reviewing each nomination.

Will preferential treatment be given to certain members?

Simply put—no. While our Rising Tide leaders and HoneyBook members exemplify our core values, it is not a requirement to be a local chapter leader or HoneyBook member to be nominated or chosen. We will be evaluating each nomination without bias.

How many times can I nominate?

You can submit up to 3 nominations for different individuals.

How long will nominations be open?

The nomination period is from June 26th to July 11th. You may submit up to 3 nominations for different individuals from Tuesday, June 26th through Wednesday, July 11th.

After the nomination period, the evaluation and selection process will begin. No nominations will be accepted after July 11th.

Can I nominate myself?

Simply put, no. We are using this opportunity to support and empower others, and we ask that you do the same.

How'd you choose the name?

Why 20?
Entrepreneurs and small business owners end up spending 80% of their time on uninspiring tasks, and only 20% on the reason they started a business in the first place—their superpower. No more. We want to encourage more of that 20%—the creativity, passion, and individual talent that leads to a life built on passion and purpose.

On The Rise
This list is not a space to see the ‘popular’ and ‘most liked’ faces that are frequently highlighted as celebrities in our industries, but rather to blaze a trail of fresh faces and new voices that deserve to be elevated. By intentionally leaving out a describer in the title, we open the door to encompass freelancers, solopreneurs, and small business owners who may self identify with one description over another.

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