We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

John Williams | Music Producer

I grew up in a very musical and talented family so I was basically born into the arts. Read more>>

Julie Phillips | Creative artist, instructor, student forever

The artistic career chose me. I was born a creative individual. My mind wanders and wonders. Processes intrique me. When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change. Finger painting at four with red paint at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; I remember it vividly. My grandmother enrolled me in that art class and many others as she saw something in the way my mind processed. People have always asked me how I see what I see, feel what I feel. Often misunderstood (and still) Creatives are out of the box, Read more>>

Jimmy Kanfoush | Artist & Guitarist

I am self taught, I was born to draw and create things especially from my imagination. My parents said I started drawing at 3 or 4 years old. I would draw anything and everything that I found interesting. I never saw or knew another artist as a child, so I figured my inclination to try to draw in the first place came from God. I never really though about being an artist at a young age, I just figured I was an artist because I knew how to draw at an early age. That led me to other things, like drawing my family and friends and making fun of them most of the time with my sketches and cartoons. My Dad would but my brother and i Marvel and DC comics when we were very small children. Read more>>

Adam Seitz | Professional Photographer

Ever since I can remember I’ve had creativity on my brain. My mind would constantly be wandering and thinking of different ideas. Being creative and artistic is the only thing that makes my life feel complete. And the feeling I get when someone admires/appreciates my work is an amazing sense of euphoria. I always knew having a “normal” job wasn’t for me Read more>>

Simanta Mahanta | Simexposure Photography

It’s a combination of pursuing your passion, what you’re good at and wanting to create something beautiful. Moreover, I love the outdoors and my photographs can help foster a greater sense of appreciation for our natural wonders. Read more>>

Carlos Rosales | Filmmaker

I love to create something out of nothing. I love to write and film original stories. Collaborating and and making art of all sorts is what makes me happy, ultimately. Besides family of course. It’s what inspired me if I’m honest. The death of my father in 2018, is what caused me to fully take control of my creative venture. Read more>>

Orlando Valentino | Actor & Executive Producer

I pursued an artistic/creative career because I could tell that I was purposed for it at the age of 10. The church I attended at the time had started a drama club and the couple, Joy and Kevin Roe, asked me to be a part of it. I was nervous because I was so young and had no acting experience. Also, around that time my grandma passed away causing me to be an emotional wreck. In spite of it all, I said “What the heck” and joined. After months of performing, I discovered I was a “natural” and that acting was therapeutic for me. Read more>>