Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Sean Hoy | Dog lovin’ Cartoonist, Artist & Humorist

I believe and know that my artistic and creative calling originated at birth, but it did not materialize until I was in the 4th grade after drawing cartoon sheep for my classmates while reciting sheep puns in a funny voice. I was hooked and labeled the class clown which has two meanings in school. To my friends, I was the funny friend. To my teachers and principals, I was a clever, quick witted terrorist. And so began my on the job training until I reached Arizona State University as a freshman and asked to be part of the editorial staff at The State Press newspaper at an editorial cartoonist. Read more>>

Victoria Poull | Pastry Chef

As a young child, all I knew was that I loved books and I loved dessert, so it made sense that I wanted to be a baker or librarian. Not the proud owner of a chic indie bookstore but a librarian, because obviously work as a librarian would be reading books all day and life as a baker would be wolfing down eclairs. One year my Nonny gave me a stack of books about these young friends who started their own catering business and I fell in love! That was when the idea of starting my own business began. Read more>>

Armana Christianson | Cottage Bakery Owner

I don’t think that I pursued this career, it kind of just fell into my lap! I’ve been playing professional golf for the last 6 years and between COVID and some injuries, I took a step back from tournament life to practice and heal. During that time, I started baking more from scratch and finally decorated my first cake! This was all at the end of 2020 and by January 2021, I had launched my website and started taking custom orders. Now, each week I get to use all of my creative energy to put into desserts for people to enjoy. Read more>>