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.

Sathvika | Singer-Songwriter

For as long as I can remember, music has been my life. Even as a three year old, my first response to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up” was always “singer”! Growing up, I was raised in a diverse household in terms of music, on one hand my mom would be playing classical South Indian and Bollywood music and on the other hand, my dad would play artists like Guns and Roses and Pink Floyd. In fact, I was probably the only kindergartener with a slight obsession with Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall”, which was probably not the best song to be singing! As I grew older, my passion for music only grew with me, as I soon picked up the guitar and piano which only spurred my love for songwriting. Over the past few few years, I have travelled to both Nashville and Los Angeles to write and release songs of my own, including my original song, “Satisfied”. I truly believe one of the most rewarding and special parts of music is the ability to connect with so many people. “Satisfied” was inspired by my own struggle with my insecurities, a universal struggle we may all face at one point or another. Read more>>

Adrienne Mullins | Storyteller & Producer

I don’t think I pursued the career. I think creative careers chose me. I’ve always been artistic. It’s in my blood. I danced, I sang, I acted, anything that was artistic I was in. As I got older, I knew I needed to find a career that suited me, and working 9 to 5 in a cubicle wasn’t it. That’s when my love for storytelling and production came to be. I love taking a general idea or concept and turn it into something magical. No matter how times and trends change, creative people will always be needed and I want to be a part of creating the next big thing. Read more>>

Jill Malouf | Artist

I was always good at arguing (according to my parents). But I loved drawing house plans, design and anything creative. Then one day I snapped. Not really. First it was ambush decorating my friends’ living rooms. Then I couldn’t stare at the bare walls in my law office any longer. I talked to an artist friend, bought some art supplies and watched some abstract art videos. That’s when my life changed. In my gut I just knew. A big break came when I was accepted into a statewide juried art exhibition in my hometown of Dallas. It was held at a prestigious gallery, and my work sold on opening night! Since then, I’ve learned it only takes a few dedicated ‘cheerleaders’ in your life to change your trajectory. I still enjoy practicing law, and even more so, now that I’ve figured out what to do with all this creative energy. Many artists have day jobs that give them flexibility. For me, painting at night and on weekends – while listening to ’80s music – began to consume my spare time. Read more>>

Gia Findley | Photorealism Artist

My love for art stretches back to my youth. Most kids played sports, but I typically spent my weekends playing with my sisters and creating something new with paper and crayons. Art was always my favorite class, so there was no question it would be my elective of choice in middle school. It was there that my Art Teacher pulled my mom aside and said that she saw something in me and recommended I take AP art classes in high school. I loved art before, but I really found my happy place in high school. I won two gold medals for “Best in Show” for my artwork submissions of horses at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. I graduated and left for UNT to pursue a degree in Design, but quickly saw that art was going more digital, which was not in alignment with what I wanted to create. So, I changed direction and got a degree in Fashion Merchandising, which prepared me for an almost decade long career in Product Development and Brand Management (also creative roles!) for well recognized retailers. Read more>>

Jessica Moore | Owner & Principal Designer

I grew up in an artistic family, so it’s part of my DNA. My parents were both very artistic. My Mom played several musical instruments, she painted, and sketched any chance she got. My Dad was a radio personality and writer. They always encouraged me to express my creativity growing up, so I felt like persuing a creative career was inevitable. I took art classes all through high school, and decided to pick a major in college that would allow me to be creative and help people. One of the ways that I felt the need to express my creativity, was through revising, or creating interior spaces. I remember painting various rooms and rearranging furniture in my parent’s house at a very young age. My early career didn’t allow me to be as creative as I would have liked to have been, but it helped me to get that work/life experience I needed to eventually start my own design business. It also helps that my best friend and husband is a creative (artist/photographer). Read more>>

Chandler Corbeille | Artist & Freelance Production Coordinator

With a background in theatrical and television production, we both have a knack for the arts and the creative processes involved. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had a lot of extra time on our hands which allowed us to explore creative mediums outside of production work. The pandemic brought on a lot of added stress to everyday life that intruded on our mental health. Painting became a healthy outlet that allowed us to escape from the madness and fully immerse ourselves in an alternate reality. Our tagline quickly became, “Sit back. Relax. Escape Reality.” We hope that when people view or purchase a piece from Melted Moon, they experience a similar whimsical escape, even if just for a moment!. Read more>>