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.

Hana of WHATchuHANAdo | Content Creator & Artist

Art and creating art, whether it be manual or digital, is something I have always been drawn to ever since I was very young. I started drawing and painting when I was around four, got into filming and editing in my teens, and even got licensed as an Interior Designer in the Philippines in my 20’s. Anything and everything the involves art excites me and I really could not see myself in any other field or industry. I’ve worked a couple of jobs that were not related to art, and whenever I was stressed over those jobs, art was always an outlet. So I thought, “Why not just dive into it and make it my whole thing?” Read more>>

Codi Schneider | Author

As the author of a quirky, cozy cat mystery, creativity makes up my core. Without it, I think I would be lost. I remember even as a child being struck by a story idea that I simply had to write down ASAP. I would stop in the middle of playing with my brothers or friends, rush inside, and spend the remainder of the day filling up my little notebooks. It isn’t always simple though, pursuing a creative career, and I had many years of self doubt. Read more>>

Liv Roskos | Artist & Creative Producer

I pursued a creative career because I truly desire to see artists feel loved and appreciated for their craft. I’ve known ever since I was young that I was a natural connector and networker and feel like one of my biggest skills is creating experiences and spaces for artists to thrive. For years I really thought pursuing an artistic career meant just being on stage and performer. I’ve learned to think beyond that. Although, I truly love singing and being on stage, I also love facilitating an experience, hosting shows, and helping other artists dream, grow, and manage their careers and gifts. Read more>>

Bryce J. Rogers | Performing Songwriter / Content Creator / Indie Artist

Music has always been my best form of communication. It’s how I learned to best express myself and communicate points and topics that I am passionate about. Music has been a wonderful space for community and collaboration in my life, from hosting local open mic nights for several years in Tucson. To filming, recording, and edititing the Tucson Murals & Music video series, which highlights local songwriters performing in front of Tucson’s many beautiful murals. I just love creating things, whether that be music, videos, shows, or community. Read more>>

JAMES GIUNTA | Certified Hypnotherapist and Musician

My chosen career in the Hypnotism profession came about because of my natural inclinations, education, and Life experience. Since childhood, my interests have always been in The Arts, and to this day that’s where my mind loves to play. I consume music, movies, theater, books, essays, articles, and news media. Hypnotism is as much an art form as it is a science and philosophy, because each session is designed for the person in front of me. I need to see the world as they see it, and then design language that will be effective in connecting with their deeper levels of consciousness in order to influence their habits. Read more>>

Leo Duke | Performing Artist

I wanted to pursue music and performing for many reasons. The first of which I’ll say is that I love it more than anything else. For me, getting up on a stage and playing to a full audience is the most incredible feeling in the world. It’s also an incredible self confidence booster when you’re playing a song you wrote and having that audience go absolutely nuts over it. Read more>>

Josh Louchheim | Artist

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. My grandparents were big supporters of the arts, here in the valley, and I grew up appreciating the work they had in their home. Since learning about artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, in 3rd grade art class, I knew I wanted to be an artist. Something about the bohemian lifestyle resonated with me, I found it to be mysteriously beautiful. Read more>>

Phillip Holton | Musical Artist

The general concept of more mechanical jobs always terrified me. I am someone that has always craved new experiences and existing in an artistic world has allowed much of that to happen. Read more>>

Hillary Solterbeck | Artist

I’m the kind of person who always has a million thoughts running through my mind and I’ve found that creating art really allows me to slow down and focus. So when I started considering what I wanted to do as a career, I felt like it should be doing something I love considering we spend the majority of our lives working. Read more>>