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.

Erica King | Certified International Makeup Artist & Public Figure

Being artistic and applying makeup has always been a passion. I realized at an early age I had the talent, skills, and abilities to be artistically creative and I knew that these were God given gifts. Initially, I only performed this creativity on myself using my face as a canvas for learning and improvement. However, I received such positive and overwhelming responses that I decided to peruse makeup artistry professionally. The combination of my artistic expression, innate gifts, and formal education served to carve a lane for me in the makeup industry. While makeup is an industry of skill, talent, and ability, it is also an opportunity to have fun and as I always say “Enhance the beauty that lies within.” Read more>>

Nicki Gazlay | Hairstylist & Make-up

I chose to pursue an artistic & creative career so that I will always be fun and create! The beauty industry is forever changing and I love being challenged. In the beauty industry, I can really explore so many paths and there is never a dull moment. I love surrounding myself with other creative people that love to collaborate on fun projects. Read more>>

Justin Borja | Photographer

Ever since I was a child I always gravitated towards art whether it was music, drawing or photography. Especially when it came to photography. My father actually did photography as a hobby and encouraged me to try it out as well. He bought my first DSLR camera when I was seventeen years old. I had no intention of getting into photography, but my father always pushed me to try new hobbies and expand my comfort zone. After doing a couple of practice shoots I realized I could create stories through pictures so people could see the way I viewed different environments. This was a feeling that I never had before and it encouraged me to see how far I could go. Read more>>

Angela Rae Mendoza | Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist and Beauty Educator

Being able to create an artistic outlet through hair and makeup is a way for me to express my gifts and creativity. It brings me so much joy when I am a creator of some thing so unique and special for a particular person or event. My passion is to create and that is why I chose a career where my artistic skills are put to great use. Read more>>

Tran Ta | Apparel Designer & Entrepreneur

For most of my young life, I always considered myself a left-brain thinker and that I absolutely had zero talent in the arts. I never thought I was creative in any way. Throughout high school and college, I figured my only career choices would be in law, medicine or education, even though I enjoyed art history and interior design. I ended up with a BA in the liberal arts and somehow made my way into finance. The longer I worked in finance, the more I craved a creative outlet. I think living in New York City at the time also made exploring different creative outlets more accessible. During my 8 years there, I had enrolled in writing, drawing and oil painting classes. I remember constantly searching for career choices outside of finance. One time I looked into art appraisal. Read more>>

Lorann Schindler | Makeup Artist & Photographer

For me pursing an artistic/creative career was not so much a choice, but more so just who I always was. As far back as I can remember I always just had my hands into whatever was within reach. Be it my grandma’s makeup, a box of glitter crayons, scraps of fabric I tied around myself, or flour from head to toe in the kitchen. Everything was always a possibility to be something else. I have always looked at things differently. Looked for a different angle or a new perspective. My imagination has always run wild. Growing up my Barbies didn’t just play house. They lived in an imaginary mansion, they were women in power, and most importantly they were my models. Read more>>

Sara Hangtagool | Food Blogger & Chef

I like things that challenge me and get me to think outside of the box. I feel like working with food, there is constantly something changing and you have to get creative. I also am a very hands on person, and I like being able to touch and feel the work that I am doing. Sitting behind a computer all day just doing the same thing day in and day out, would not feel satisfying to me. I love seeing how ingredients grow from simple single items, to a full blown 5 course meal. It’s so thrilling. Because you have this idea in your head and you put the pieces of the puzzle together, and seeing it all come to life is so rewarding. I just love being able to freely express myself through food as my medium. Read more>>

Corina Garza | Business Woman & Makeup Artist

I wanted to pursue an artistic and creative career because I love meeting new customers daily. Seeing different faces with the business brings a smile to my heart. I love helping women reach their beauty goals, pro tips with matching skin tones and educating women about makeup and skin. I love being able to do what I love and enjoy working with so many different types of professionals reaching their goals and don’t have the time to do their makeup. I love having different types of environments something new every time is why I do this. I started my cosmetics line after three and half years of becoming a Makeup Artist selling healthy products to clients and new customers. I chose the natural route because I always want to know what kind of products I use since my skin is sensitive. Read more>>

Rebecca Zacarias | Creative Life Coach | Workshop Facilitator

My own soul searching played the biggest part in choosing a second career as a Creative Life Coach. After over 20 years in the corporate world, I could feel in my soul a yearning to do something that involved more creativity and that was more fulfilling and professionally rewarding. I had ignored creative expression over the years and began to realize that this was causing an imbalance in my life – mind, body and soul. This soul desire started my expressive arts path and I began my training as a Creative Life Coach. I started Creative Soul Care™ as a way to share my expressive arts journey with other women. I was amazed at just how healing being with my intuitive creativity could be. The practice healed my soul and helped me find a more mindful way to live a life that was more healthy, happy and balanced. Read more>>

Dechelle Roan | Makeup Artist

I chose to pursue the career as a makeup artist later in life. My career originally began as a childcare center director and owner. I reached a point in my career where I wasn’t happy. I was making really good money, but waking up dreading going to work is not a good feeling. I have always be infatuated with color and makeup since I can remember, I would always sneak into my mother’s makeup and give my dolls makeovers. Growing up I struggled with being an introvert and finding ways to express myself verbally and makeup has helped me overcome that. You are a brand and stepping out of your comfort zone to promote yourself is vital. I began to really take makeup serious a few years ago. Read more>>

Don Longo | Artist

I grew up in a family that loved the arts. My mom was a singer as a hobby and my dad was a wood craftsman also as a hobby. Both were extremely talented in these endeavors. They encouraged me to pursue whatever dreams I had as a young boy. When I was 10 yrs. old I helped design my grandmothers’ tombstone and knew then that I had some kind of artistic talent. I was allowed to paint my bedroom furniture any way I wanted as well. The freedom I had to explore color and design was what helped me pursue the arts throughout secondary school and college. I became a high school teacher in both Physical Education and Art but enjoyed the art classroom to the gym as I was able to open up young minds to drawing, painting and sculpture. I was amazed at the talent that the students had who never thought they had it. Read more>>

Hynece “Hynni B” Brown | Comedian

I’ve always been a creative person. Whether it was singing, acting, crafts or now comedy. I inherited a lot of my mom’s talents which led me to being able to go “Center-stage” and express myself in front of WORLD! Read more>>