We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Rebecca Burke | Mixed Media Artist

I don’t think I could do anything else, to be honest. I’ve always been drawn to the arts- I had a lot of unsupervised free time as a kid and that led to a vast amount of hobbies.. I used to watch my dad do handy little DIY’s around the house, and I took the skills I learned from that and applied it to different mediums. Read more>>

Joshua Kemp | Artist | Drummer | Producer | Engineer

Music has always been my life . From an early age it was like I learned how to walk then I was thrown in front of music . My family was heavily involved in the music scene . So I was blessed and fortunate enough to see a lot from an early age . Growing up in a gospel legacy family “The Hawkins family “ you had to be nice at your craft ! Can you imagine the anxiety … lol . Read more>>

Andrew Redd | Cinematographer

Starting at an early age, I’ve always had an interest in drawing, photography, and performance. As I reached my late teen years and realized I needed to find a direction in life that could provide opportunities for me to not only make a living but also fulfill my creative spirit. Read more>>

Jenni Dale Lord | Singer-Songwriter

I love playing music so much, I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I say that, because I’ve have done other things in the past. I have a culinary degree and worked as a chef for many years. Before that, I was a server while attending college and culinary school. I even got an Electronic Media and Communications degree from Texas Tech just over 10 years ago. Read more>>

Ramon J Montoya | Cinematographer / Director / Filmmaker

When I was a child my parents introduced me to oldies music like Richie Valens, The Temptations, Otis Redding, Old Spanish love songs and Mariachi. My mother often wrote poetry while my Father sang ballads from his child hood in the kitchen as he cooked. I started to sing after I saw the movie “La Bamba” my parents always told me I would be a great singer one day. Read more>>

Natalia De Leon | Lash artist & Licensed Esthetician

I’ve always had a passion & love for creativity. I’ve always had many ideas but never knew how to express it, tried art & I’m okay at it I’m not the best, but then I took a course, a lashing course with Jerika Jordan, La Reina’s Lashes, at first it was hard but the more I practiced it the more I fell in love with being able to take one’s regular everyday look to something different! Read more>>

Olivia Bradley | Photographer

To create a better definition of internal balance. We sometimes works job based on the reward system of being rewarded for our time spent on the job. I would believe the biggest benefit of pursuing your creative abilities while rewarded with appreciation for your artistic abilities provides inner balance and external value for others. Read more>>

Laurie Jacobson | writer, Hollywood historian

Entertainment was very important in our house as I grew up. We went to movies as a family. My parents played music and comedy albums for their friends on Saturday night before hey went out to dinner. Books held a prominent place on many shelves. My mother was a painter and told me many stories about the lives of the Impressionists. Art was all around me. Of course, there were fewer job choices; but office life was not for me. Read more>>