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.

Josh Moore | Wedding/Event Guitarist, Guitar Teacher, and Concert Artist

I pursued an artistic career because I have always had an enormous passion for playing guitar, and more generally for creating art. I love the freedom of expression that music provides. It is an art form that isn’t bound by language, and therefore offers endless possibilities of expression. I feel that written language can often be limiting, and certain words (especially the most abstract and loaded words that we have like “love”, “fear”, or “happiness”) can be so subjective that their meaning can often be misconstrued. Read more>>

Cai Garcia | Professional Parkour Athlete and Coach & Photographer & Singer & Music Cognition Researcher

Artistry is a wordless language that expresses that which you can never place into something as feeble as the words and symbols of the human language. I chose to pursue an artistic career because I have lived my entire life doing everything that I can to capture and bottle those feelings and experiences that make us all who we are. Those memories that live within us from the moment they occur to the day that we die and shape us into existence. That feeling you get when you are first with someone, the tension… the possibility. That deep-rooted and heartwarming feeling when a scent passes through your nose and it takes you back to a feeling that fills the air around you and makes it just a hair short of tangible. Read more>>

Brooke Denevan | Co-Owner of London Aster Media

I’ve always been artistic from a young age. My mom would give me painting kits when I was 5 years old, my grandpa had a baby grand piano in the house that I would listen to him play (while teaching myself to play by ear). When I was 8 years old, my grandma bought me an acoustic guitar for Christmas. I had no idea how to play it, but I would sit and try to figure it out – not even knowing when it was out of tune. At 16 I started taking photos with my phone or point-and-shoot camera, but had no idea about editing, so I would just take pictures and leave the photos after that. Read more>>

Mariam Chekmeyan | Florist

I pursued an artistic and creative career simply because that is what I am passionate about. Growing up in school I never found an ounce of interest in math, science, history, ect. Looking back at it now the only time I really enjoyed being there was during art class. It was not until high school and my first job when I really started to realize that colors, patterns, shapes, and designing things in my head just brought me so much joy. Since then anything that had to do with being creative I have done, however adding my love for flowers and my creative brain is when I really decided to make this my life long career! Read more>>

Stevey Canales-Blackmon | Beary Boxes

It’s funny. When I tell people I graduated school for Surgical Technology and left it behind for baking, they think it’s such a wild jump. But I think, as people get to know me, they realize that a creative field was where I was always meant to be. I definitely think that being detail oriented is something I carried over from Surgical Tech to my dessert business. But I feel like maybe that’s where the similarities stop. Unless, of course, you take into consideration all the dirty dishes/instruments that are left over after the work is done. That’s also the same. Read more>>

Pinky Guerrero | Proud Mom and Wife, Creative Director, Philanthropist, and aspiring Marine/Nature Conservationist

The pandemic impacted a lot of us, if not all of us in some capacity – whether we had COVID, knew someone who had it, lost someone due to the virus, or became furloughed, or experienced a change in income, schools closing and kids being home, etc. I experienced ALL of that and also had oncoming health problems. I had family that unfortunately had COVID and never returned to their daily norm; I was furloughed, my kids ended up staying home for almost two years due to schools going virtual, etc. Read more>>

Anthony Thornton | Comedian

Being on stage has been “my thing” for as long as I can remember. I was in a local production of “Babes in Toyland” when I was 3 or 4, and ever since I’ve just gravitated to the stage. For the longest time I wanted to be an actor. Didn’t matter if it was on a stage or in front of a camera; I was going to be a professional actor. 1 problem, I hated like scripts (I’m dyslexic). Another problem, I wasn’t very good. I was typically typecast as the same character in every show, “Understudy”. Read more>>