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.

Jarrod Compton | Rapper / Producer / Songwriter

From a young age I always knew that music/production was my calling. Throughout many years of trial and error I knew that finding success in my own music was always this unspoken underlying goal, even before I knew I could do this for real. Read more>>

Daniel / Diego / Justin Rosen / Diaz / Kovach | Rock Band

All three of us are artistic and creative people. We all met in 2019 at ASU and started making music together. We realized that we have a great time playing and making music together, so we’ve stuck with it for 3 years now. First and foremost, it is something we do for fun. We don’t make nearly enough money (yet!) for it to be considered a career, but that isn’t what’s important to us right now. Playing music at live shows and recording music to release on streaming platforms is just a fun time, and that’s what made us stick with it for 3 years. Read more>>

Olivier Charland | Designer & Artist

I really felt like I couldn’t do anything else. As a kid I was making book super young, I was making birthday card on photoshop and in high school I started making websites. I feel very lucky to knew deep inside me that I would be doing a creative career. At the same time I was blinded by this idea of becoming a graphic designer very young, which made me fail all my other “unnecessary” class (for this goal). Gladly it worked out and I still love doing design and art today! Read more>>

Nancy Price | Artist

I grew up with a great appreciation and love for art, surrounded by art that my parents had collected from around the world. As a child, I spent hours drawing and enjoyed frequent visits to art museums, where the Impressionists were always my favorite. Although I have always been drawn to various creative arts, including painting, photography and poetry, my educational background is as a clinical social worker. I soon recognized the power of art, combining art with therapy when helping young children overcome the trauma of abuse. Read more>>