Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Elizabeth Frost Funes | Party planner

Ever since I was a first time mom, 22 years ago, I’ve been creating and designing my own kids birthday parties. With a small budget, I would homemake stamped invites, table clothes and piñatas. I created themed parties that looked fabulous and had other moms asking me where i got my creativity from. For my middle child’s 12th birthday ( and in the middle of the pandemic where human connection was suffering) I decided to throw her a personal and intimate slumber party with 4 of her closest girlfriends. I saw teepee party companies in another state and I thought it looked like so much fun. I thought of a cute theme and the creative juices started flowing. Read more>>

Lindsay Oien | Brand + Commercial Photographer

I was always the creative and artsy type growing up. One year I had dreams of being a fashion designer, the next year I wanted my own HGTV show, and now here I am today, expressing my creativity through brand and commercial photography! For me, it doesn’t really feel like work and I still have days where I’m amazed that I actually make money doing what I do. But what really seals the deal for me is knowing that I get to use my creative powers everyday to help others. Read more>>

Michael Curiel | Photographer – Videographer – Graphic Designer – Digital Artist

I decided to pursue an artistic career initially because of my love for music and cinema. I began playing guitar while in high school and became amazed at the process of creating a song, as I learned more about sound design and began to notice every little sound in music that often goes overlooked by the casual listener. Later while in college I took a photography course and realized that not only was I intrigued by photography, but I was good at it, or at least I thought so (haha). I took over photographing nightlife in Tucson at a nightclub after their usual photographer graduated and then began getting into automotive photography since I was very into the Arizona car scene. Read more>>

Danny Rich | Music producer and audio engineer

I’ve always wanted to do something that could inspire others, and I don’t want to be stuck in the 9-5 rat race going through the motions. Read more>>

Martin Ramos | Artist

I pursued a creative career because I have always been a fan of creativity and being different. Sometimes we have to understand that being different is OK and that in this world some will interpret creativity differently. Read more>>

Paul Louis | Musician and Video Creator

I decided to pursue an artistic career because I love taking ideas and bringing them to life. You can do so many things with a microphone, a camera and a computer. The possibilities are endless. You can literally create anything you want. I love being able to have fun and express myself through my work and be able to tell my story and life experiences. Read more>>

Yung Boss Crook | Artist and Entrepreneur

I pursued an artistic or creative career because I want to do what I love and be paid to do it. It just so happens that I’m good at it. Read more>>

Ethan Hill | Photographer & Videographer

I love being able to express myself as an individual creative everyday. The freedom to wake up and decide how or what I want to capture and do that day . Read more>>