Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Ava Renae | Life Coach & Wealth Producer

Being the wonderful charismatic human I am, I am here to create everything I desire. As a young girl I was always building something out of nothing. “When life gives you lemons you learn to make lemonade.” Hearing this now is funny because you can make a lot with lemons, lemonade I feel is the beginning to something fantastic or considered the basics. I was always in arts and crafts, some sort of music or art during school where I exceeded in the class every time. Read more>>

The Chapman Brothers | Music Business and Live Entertainment

We chose this career not only because we’re passionate about music, but because it’s in our blood. Our father introduced us to music at a young age, and we immediately fell in love. We’re also naturally quick learners and not afraid of the spotlight, so all of these combined factors made an artistic career not only passion-driven, but a necessity. Read more>>

Christian Dyer | Stylist Specializing in Vivid Colors

I’ve always been an artsy person. Painting has been a hobby of mine since I was a kid. I really enjoy working with my hands to create something beautiful. The biggest draw to the hair industry for me is that I get to do that for people! The wilder the color they’re looking for the more fun I have creating it. Read more>>

Paul Escalante | Vocalist and Guitarist for Omega Station

As a kid growing up I always felt a tad bit different so I gravitated to music as a source of comfort and a refuge where I could openly express myself and feel the most like who I really am. The rest of the members of the band are similar in that way. We gravitated to a creative life because it is where we feel the most at home at it gives us the most gratification. Read more>>

Michael D. Smith | Writer and artist

Writing and art energy have always resonated with me as nothing else has. I began writing and drawing at age seven, and seemed to have taken to it as if I’d done this in a previous lifetime and was now simply picking up where I’d left off. The earliest writing was heavily influenced by Grade B 1950’s science fiction movies, and by the fifth grade I’d found my kid science fiction voice with “Voyage to Venus,” starring my newly-minted space hero Jack Commer, who later became the focus of my adult Jack Commer, Supreme Commander SF series. I also illustrated the stories, designed spaceships, and drew comics of dinosaurs and alien attacks. Read more>>