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.

Emily Louise | Freelance Artist & Writer

I don’t believe we are designed to endure the traditional forty-hour work week, like as a species. We are, however, natural Creators. Each day, as we navigate our respective experiences, we are making something out of nothing. Countless thoughts, feelings, and connections that did not previously exist are effortlessly given life through our every interaction. I am pursuing an artistic career because I want to honor my sovereignty. If I am constantly, effortlessly creating my reality regardless of external influences, why not do it for a living? Read more>>

Miles Graci | Musician & Artist

The easy answer is I was born creative! “It’s not that I choose to create, it’s that creating chose me” is a saying that I came up with years ago while trying to figure this question out for myself. I have always had a passion to create and started drawing cartoons at a very young age. So not to sound too corny but I would say it wasn’t much of a choice to pursue this as much as it was my destiny. Any artist will tell you there is not much money in art. We don’t do it for the money. We do it for the passion, the challenge, the love and the growth of it all. When I sell a piece of art I get something in return that is far more valuable than money. To be able to create something with my hands, bring it to life and have another person put a value on it is an absolutely incredible feeling. I am truly humbled by these feelings! Read more>>

Holly Schranz | Indie Artist

I’ve always been a creative person. I’ve been playing different instruments and singing since I was four years old. My mom was an artist and my dad always played music around the house. My parents gave the freedom and support to try anything and everything I’ve ever wanted to pursue. When I turned I wanted me to have a back up plan, so I went to college and tried to find anything else that might peak my interest that had financial stability to come with it, which caused me to put my music dreams on hold. I graduated college, studied 5 different majors and obtained my piece of paper saying I’m an expert in ‘liberal studies’ whatever that is. I realized that I wasn’t happy and the only thing I could do to change that was to actively work my hardest to try and make something of myself as a musician. Read more>>

Judith Dauncey | Artist

I ultimately felt I had no choice. I have always just wanted to make things, and have an outlet for expression, at some point it was surprising to find that a creative career was possible. I have excelled in other professions, but always get drawn back to the arts, painting especially. There are so many aspects and ways to have a career in the arts, you just have to seek out your niche. Read more>>