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.

Kaylin Sturtevant | Professional Dancer & Choreographer

I followed my heart knowing that it would be difficult to pursue a dance career. The world, especially the United States, needs more appreciation and understanding for the arts, and I hope to play a role in spreading that knowledge and awareness. I have been told that what I do is not “a real job,” and I want to demonstrate that there is a purpose and necessity to pursue a creative career. In difficult times like the current state of the world today, art can provide in so many ways such as powerful statements, demanding attention to current issues in the present climate, and an escape from reality all at the same time. I want to continue to use my talent to inspire others to feel and relate to something. Read more>>

Kyle Mendes | NITE DBA Y/L/E Productions

We pursued an artistic career because we were always fascinated with both the creation and performance aspects to music. As kids growing up, listening to albums, watching music videos and concerts… that’s exactly what we wanted to do. Kyle and I are proud to say we are full time in music. Not an easy task to say the least. Read more>>

Jamilah ‘Milah’ Lucas | Artistic Director

I don’t think that I chose dance as an artistic career for I believe that it chose me. Growing up in school, I had went through some hard times with peers and people not liking me because I was different. Dance was the only time I felt like nothing else mattered as long as I could release my emotions through movement. After experiencing depression in high school, I thought, God what if I could mentor kids through the art of dance who are going through or went through hard times. What if other kids need to release their emotions to feel something other than the pain from which they’re suffering. What if I could make kids see an artist and not what the world thinks of them. I remember my senior year, writing up a business plan to start my own performing arts studio in my chemistry class and feeling this overwhelming joy and excitement come over me. Read more>>

Desree Robinson | Enterpreneur-Art

I come from a Artistic background and I wanted to shine light on over-looked Artists like me. I created “LOST KIDS” in 2009 then created a book in 2011. That came to life 2019 and just to see the impact “LOST KIDS” have made is now it’s 2020 ONLY GOD KNOWS. Read more>>

Plot$ | Recording Artist

The Desire for Ownership. I’ve always had the desire to be more, be more and be the greatest. I didn’t want to punch in a clock forever. So I figured I’d use the regular 9-5 as a stepping stone to accomplish my dreams. Read more>>

Liliana Bloch | Art Dealer

Because I love art, education, and freedom. Art is the highest form of being human, a field where all parties involved are constantly learning, and I firmly believe that education makes us better people and prepares us with more tools to face our daily challenges. The US has some of the best art programs in the world and is a privilege to be able to work with a roster of artists and professionals that continually challenge and teach me new things. Read more>>

Sheila Clark | Singer-Songwriter

Sheila is a musical artist that has recorded her first album, “Uncertain Texas” in Nashville, TN. and her second album, “Would You”, in Texas. She is currently singing and performing with, “Sheila And The Caddo Kats”. They are a classic acoustic rockabilly band with a nostalgic flavor, that takes their audiences back to a simpler time when music relayed the good feelings of being alive. On any given night, audiences can be seen swaying and singing along to the sounds of their favorite songs performed without the help of electric instruments. The origin of Sheila’s music career, started in the Caddo Lake area of East Texas, where she, as a singer/songwriter grew up. She developed a love for music through the teachings of her father, a Music Director, and her Grandfather, who was part of a Gospel Quartet. Read more>>