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.

Cody Grubbs | Photographer and Videographer

I pursued photography and filming, because of the way it capture memories that will last forever. And because I find it as a stress reliever, to just go around and take pictures, and make videos. Read more>>

Jacob Serrano | Musician

Honestly, music is all that I have done my whole life. It’s always been there for me even when no one else was. Music makes me happy and it usually makes others around me happy! So honestly it’s a huge blessing being able to create, play, and teach music for those who love it just as much as I do! Read more>>

Jaylin Wade | Rapper

I decided to pursue an artistic career because I could not really see myself doing anything else. Once I truly found my love for making music, I knew there was nothing I wanted to do more. The feeling of making a great song, enjoying it with your friends, then having to create something even better. It’s impossible to describe effectively the rush I get when I push myself and make better music than I thought I was capable of. I felt as if I continued to make music only as a hobby, I’d be doing myself a huge disservice. The rest was history. Read more>>

Tara Nicolas | Tara A Nicolas, Actor, Dancer, Singer, Nike Trainer, Reiki & Meditation Practitioner

It’s difficult to find the words to express this but I pursued an artistic and creative career because I was called to. I tried doing the things my family would approve of, or that seemed more “normal” or “stable” (only to find out that all of that thought process is moot). Every time I would ignore that little voice pushing me towards my purpose, the voice would get louder and louder and if I didn’t listen I would eventually get physically ill so that I had no choice but to listen. Read more>>

J Warrer “ARTOFWARRER” | Artist & Music Production

I have always been involved with art & music my whole life whether it be drawing, painting, writing or recording more so as a hobby and I knew I had more than a dream on my hands after the great reviews. Sheer determination and a ton of patience learning the marketing/business side after that.
But, all in all, I’d rather fail than to never try. Read more>>

Fernando Lezama | Chef, Entrepreneur

Because, I believe food encompass and plays one of the most important rolls in our life. From Childhood all the to way to adulthood and any stage in between food has made and impact in my life. ( Memories)As a child food was most of the time the center of most activities in our home. From gatherings, holidays, visitors and special days interacting with food was always there. I remember when going to the Farmer Market to buy those fresh groceries and sampling different kinds of local produce. Read more>>