Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Kristi Smithson | Artist

In life, my path has led me on multiple creative journeys. I have always had a passion for the arts. But, it began with studying Interior Design in college which ultimately led me to earn a Master of Architecture. Read more>>

Kaitlin Leahy | Owner

I’ve always had a passion for the fashion industry. Creativity has just always been in my blood. Working in retail has always seemed to be a good mix of both using creative skills to merchandise and display products as well as get to create different pieces exclusively for my boutique. Being able to have my own store at such a young age was just the icing on the cake to be able to put my creative and artistic skills to work while having the career I always dreamed of pursuing. Read more>>

Quia Querisma | Hairstylist Specializing in Curly Hair and Custom Color

I have always been a creative. From a young age, I was always writing, drawing, painting, and experimenting with different ways to interpret my creative impulses. Just like the scores of hairstylists out there, I got my start playing with a Barbie styling head. I started doing my own hair in middle school and things took off from there. I got a pixie cut at 14 and never looked back. I enjoyed experimenting with my hair, trying different colors, and techniques. When I was finally burned out on my first career in corporate marketing after 14 years, I decided it was finally time to indulge my inner hairstylist. Read more>>

Dramah Queen | Social Media Influencer & Dancer

I am and have always been a passionate person. One of the most life giving things to me is creating something from nothing. God has gifted me with the talents to dance, create, and express. At a young age I pursued dancing and it has become part of who I am. Pursuing creativity allows for expression, freedom, and a truthfulness that flows into my day to day. My hope is to inspire those around me to live a laugh that exudes joy and gratefulness. Read more>>