Artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that their career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not easy and so we asked a few of the artists and creatives we admire to talk to us about why they chose to pursue an artistic or creative career.

Shavonn | Gospel Artist

In all truth, it chose me. I was born into a highly creative and athletic family so my gifts and talents being cultivated was an essential part of my family’s everyday life. Read more>>

Hailey Whitley | Bakery Owner

I always knew I wanted to make art a staple in my life. Since I was little, I was drawn to painting and design. Baking dog treats for my fur baby sparked my love for decorating baked goods. From there my skill set grew to sugar cookies and then to cupcakes. Knowing my day to day involves an artistic outlet brings me a lot of happiness. I can’t imagine myself in a non-creative career. Read more>>

Caddo Lindsey | Theatre Director

When preparing for college I actually was preparing to go to school for physical therapy. Throughout my time looking at colleges I realized I personally would not be fulfilled. Creating art and theatre is a huge passion of mine, and letting go of that seemed to be letting go of a huge part of myself. So I decided to go into theatre and have not looked back since! I have had a career in theatre as a professional actor, stage manager, and director! It has been very fulfilling to continue to create art in many different ways. Read more>>

Juan Pablo Ocampo | Audiovisual Artist & Dancer

Since I was a kid, I felt the need to tell stories and create environments, either drawing or playing with my toys. As I grew I realized I was good at dancing, loved to sing and act, and design and video was a passion of mine too. So I became a digital artist by degree, but I practice a lot of disciplines. Read more>>

Nicholas Thomas | Chef

Food has always been a big part of my family. In my case, it started with grandparents and Sunday dinners. Food brings family together and of course love and nourishment! That thought alone was enough for me. I knew food would be a factor in just about any occasion that took place. Everybody has to eat! Food brings love ones together! Why not be a part of that! Read more>>

Young Drew 214 | Hip hop artist & Songwriter

I feel like it picks you, we can only be what we are in this world. It came natural to me and I function and feel best when I’m being an artist and creating. We are all made for certain reasons and when we find that reason we excel. Along the journey I’ve seen the tragic and sad event of people going through a career that wasn’t meant for them or where they just didn’t fit that role and I knew I couldn’t live that way. Read more>>

Carey Dixon | DJ & Recording Artist

I choose a career in music because my grandmother played organ at her church. I saw how it moved people and it inspired me. Another reason I got into the industry was I read a book in elementary school about Djing and it sparked my interest in the field. Read more>>

Ashley Lady Carter | Dance Instructor

I actually have a great non artistic career and I am pursuing my passion of dance. My goal in life has always been to beat the stereotype of what you can and cannot do. Working in Corporate America has taught me about being discipline and striving to be the best. But it also lead to discover my passion of dance!! By activity pursuing both I get the fighting spirit I need to stay hungry and the deep satisfaction and joy I get from dancing!!! Read more>>