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.

Anne Heaven | Singer & Musician

I believe that art and music are simply forms of expression; when we are sad and lonely, we create things with emotions that no other thing can. Similarly, happiness and joy are easily communicated through art and music. It’s amazing how, when everything else fails, music always comes through. Being creative is my journey to discovering myself, and sometimes figuring out my feelings is difficult for me, so I write it all out. It is a goal of mine to be able to connect with others through emotions that they can relate to. Read more>>

Kim Davidson | AZ Lifestyle Photographer

I found my path to photography, oddly enough by persuing a career that was not a great fit for me. Straight out of college, I went to work in the financial industry. At that time, working in corporate America was my view of success. Work for a big corporation, 9 – 5, five days a week, benefits, paid time off, you get the picture. I stayed in the industry way longer than I probably should have. I met a lot of great people along the way, including my now husband, but I came home most days unfulfilled and unhappy. I have always had a passion for photography. Most of my lunch hour at work was spent perusing photography blogs and websites. Reading the stories of the couples, the pregnancies, the little one’s who lives filled up those pages. I loved the story that those images told. Read more>>

Sophia Bavishi | Singer/Songwriter & Performer

Growing up as a child, I always gravitated towards anything creative. I fell in love with singing and music at the age of 9, and then began doing theatre around the same time. I played some sports as a kid, but never seriously. Instead, I joined theatre, and soon rehearsals and tech week became my versions of “practices” and “games.” I always knew growing up I wanted to work in a field that allowed me to be me and express my creativity. I realized that a sitting desk job might not be the best for me. I love being on the go, being on my feet, and being able to constantly come up with new ideas, songs, lyrics, etc. Read more>>

Carlye Morgan | Founder & CEO of Chalonne

I pursued an artistic career because designing has always felt very natural to me. For my entire life, I’ve gravitated towards art and some of my earliest memories include painting and drawing. In college, I studied art history at Vassar and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a semester abroad in Rome. While I loved art and design, I ultimately decided to pursue a career in advertising and marketing in New York and then back in Los Angeles. Now, in the present day, I am fulfilling a dream of having design as a core part of my career and I believe it’s the integration of visionary design and the highest quality of craftsmanship that truly sets Chalonne apart. Read more>>