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.

Leo DiSanto | Singer-songwriter, performing musician and storyteller

I believe it was the video for the Beatles’ “I am the Walrus” that channeled me into a life in creative work, that bit from the Magical Mystery Tour film where the band is capering around in weird, creepy animal suits. I vividly remember watching that video at a friend’s house as a kid and thinking, “THIS is what I wanna do with my life.” Of course, in those days and probably for too long after that, I thought creative “success” would look like Beatle-sized superstardom. It would be many years before I’d come to understand that there was a viable path forward as a working-class artist, or what I tend to think of as a blue-collar creative. Read more>>

Hailey Welch | Business Owner & Photographer/Videographer

I began capturing images at the age of 10 when I discovered my first camera. I immediately fell in love and haven’t stopped taking photos since. When I pick up my camera, I strive to create beautiful and emotional images and films that tell a story by showcasing the beauty of people and the world around them. Even with its ups and downs, my couple’s lives and stories are beautiful and I love capturing and creating images and films to show my couple’s that! Read more>>

Coral Isamar | Photographer

I pursued an artistic/ creative career such as photography, because life has to be captured. I ask myself why do we feel the need to take photos and videos of everything? I think we’re afraid that a magical moment in our life could be forgotten. Being able to captivate people’s memories brings joy to me as well as it will bring to others as they look back and relive those moment within that photograph. Read more>>