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.

Natalie Forsythe | Photographer & Accountant

Fun fact: Photography is not my primary career. I pursued accounting at Stephen F. Austin State University and am currently serving in a finance management role at Martin Marietta. In 2017 my nephew was born and soon after I discovered a passion for photography. (He’s quite the handsome little man.) For me, photography lets me utilize the artistic side of my brain, along with creative thinking versus the critical thinking and analyzation that consumes the accounting world. Read more>>

Jade Massentoff | Singer-Songwriter, Pole Dancer, & Actress

Since I can remember I have always been in love with music, dancing, and singing. Even during the hardest times in my life journey music and dance has been my outlet as it has been for many others. This has led me to believe that not only do I have gifts worth fighting for, but I have something worth sharing as well. It only made sense to start my own brand as a musical artist, Professional Pole Dancer, professional actress, and business owner. Read more>>

Bethany Kempfe | Creative and connector

If you would have asked me this question five years ago I wouldn’t have known how to answer it. I was consumed in the corporate world and almost forgot what it was to create. I used to paint, sculpt, design, and draw. But stopped because I kept saying I don’t have time, my big girl job comes first. I wasn’t taking time to myself. Now I can say that being creative again feeds my soul. I began this journey during the lockdown in 2020 and it literally calmed me. I’m so happy now and found joy again. Read more>>

Cynthia Hume | Photographer and Content Creator

I chose a creative career for myself because nothing else worked. When I say I have tried everything, I really did. I’ve worked at a fast food restaurant, been a teller at a bank, I worked at famous theme parks, worked retail at department stores, I was even a freelance makeup artist. I occasionally worked in flower delivery and I worked as an Uber driver for exactly one day. Oh, I’m also a college drop out. Now this is over the span of 15 years but, I literally have been there and done that. Throughout the years, I was desperately trying to find what my passion was. Read more>>