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.

Jade Marie Patek | Singer-Songwriter

Playing and creating music is my passion and I absolutely love it. I’m a very driven and competitive individual and I love putting myself out there and just trying things. I knew I loved creating music and performing for people, so that was the direction I wanted to take. I love being my own boss. I talked to tons of people in the industry, attended seminars and just tried new things once I decided to get into the music business. I never want to wonder “what if” when it comes to giving the music business a go. Read more>>

Catie Crump

I have always been a creative. There is something about getting to be artistic that has always driven me. I never wanted to be like anyone else, I wanted to be unique and different. I moved to Nashville at 22 to pursue music and songwriting. This was my creative outlet. I poured my heart and soul into music for years. At 24,I began working in the film industry. I worked in costume and wardrobe department. I spent 3 years getting to put looks together and let my creativity pull me a different direction. At 27, I met my married my husband ,Jared, and moved to Aubrey, TX. I had left my job as a wardrobe assistant, and honestly was looking into finding a 9-5. For me, this was like putting an animal in a cage. I need to create! So, I baked! I have always loved to bake, and I especially loved baking cookies. I spent hours upon hours in our apartment kitchen creating new cookies, and perfecting my recipes. It became my outlet. Read more>>

Brad Thompson | Singer-Songwriter & Guitarist

I chose an artistic career, music and songwriting specifically, because honestly it was the only thing that made sense to me. Any other career path that I looked at just seemed disingenuous and just not likely to pan out. Besides playing music, I’m totally in love with the idea of working for myself. I would not have it any other way. It’s entrepreneurial, it’s a small business, it’s wherever I take it. I love the possibilities of having my own career and answering to myself and the work that it takes to get there. It’s really all that I’ve ever know known. Read more>>

Mica Mackenzie | CEO

I knew from a young age that I didn’t want to get stuck in the typical 9-5 job scenario. I tried a lot of different things before I settled on running a boutique online agency, but logistically I realized those other options weren’t well suited toward the way I like to live my life. Running an online media & marketing firm has enabled me to work from home full time and use my creative talents to build businesses all over the nation. It feels like a real win-win. Read more>>

Sarah Erickson | Brand Designer

Well, I was never very good at math! Jokes aside, I’ve always loved art and creativity. Even as a kid, I filled sketchbook after sketchbook with doodles… but I had no idea that art could lead to a viable career path. In college, I found Graphic Design and fell in love: as an art form, it felt organized… and yet it held unending creative possibility. That balance between structure and chaos appealed to me, and still keeps me on my toes with every new project. Creativity is a place where my gifts align with my purpose. Every day, I get to do work that nourishes my soul and offers tangible transformation for my clients. It isn’t easy—but it is immensely rewarding. Read more>>

Billy Flores | Taquero

When your spirit is bone dry, but your day to day grind keeps you trapped, something has to give. I messed around with home cooking to soothe and renew myself in my little down time, which I always loved to share and show off a little. I knew my food was delicious, but for others to find joy In that moment, I felt closer to a calling than I knew. I realized how much life was overflowing out of me. I was me again. For me I didn’t pursue Art, it needed to be set free; and when you get a taste of it, it’s over. I’ll never forget the moment of clarity, and peace in my decision to move forward with my Art. I was at my Church (Elevate Life Church in Frisco) at a Men’s conference in 2017. Erwin McManus was the speaker, and he was using biblical reference to my life and how thinking “good was enough for me” was cancelling my dreams. Read more>>

Farzana Razzaque | Artist & Calligrapher

I have always been drawn towards the visual arts. Following that passion, I enrolled in Architecture school and pursued that interest with a desire to formally educate my self on how beautiful and visually appealing spaces can enhance livelihoods. Many years later, after a brief period of teaching, I returned to art. The passion grew stronger as I found more people with similar interests who were either teaching art in academia or had their own galleries. I developed and strengthened my artistic skills and was surprised at the positive response I received from people. With the introduction of the internet in my early development, I was able to quickly get my work reviewed, critiqued, and even promoted to people all around the world. Read more>>