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.

Taylor Poweziak | Busy Mom School Owner

When I first started @BusyMomSchool on Instagram, it started as an outlet to share activities and crafts that I was putting together for my kids in an attempt to limit screen time. I found they were spending too much beloved time in front of a TV, but when given the opportunity to PLAY with something as unconventional as a “sensory bin” filled with rainbow rice, their creativity would come alive all while LEARNING through play. I started throwing together sensory bins and making homemade playdough, and just loved creating and curating these activities so much, that when people started reaching out asking if I sold our sensory bins, it sparked this little side business. I have so much fun dreaming together different themes and shopping for items I know kids will love, and it brings me so much joy to know that I’m filling other people’s homes with fun, educational activities. If just one other busy mom gets five minutes to enjoy her morning coffee HOT, I will be happy!. Read more>>

Kray.Cee | Music Artist/Songwriter

I can do and say what I want when I want and there be a true authentic feeling behind it that came from me. I love being able to get crazy, loving, sexy, or raw without having to conform. Read more>>

Waseem X | Entrepreneur & Artist

I began pursuing a creative and artistic career because I love to create. I think everyone is a creative genius in their own way and it’s something people should embrace more often. There’s so many things that can be done when you tap into your creative capacity and manifest what’s in your mind. A lot of the great works we see today started in the minds of creative people and I hope day I can use my creativity to be impactful. Read more>>

Angela Flanagan | Painter & Creative Arts Director

My artistic and creative career came through a rapid series of opportunity that I did not feel adequate or worthy of but I said yes to those opportunities. I had dedicated 8 years of my life to the study and practice of Hula & the Hawaiian Arts under the tutelage of Hula Master Leiola Galla in Tucson, AZ. I had taken time off to care for my super amazing grandmother who was suffering from dementia. I needed a creative outlet that did not demand strict practice or a ton of time. A friend and I started a fun arts & crafts group. Each member would share a different art form or craft each session. I really took to paper mache taught by local artist Chris Bishop. While shopping with a friend downtown she told the shop owner that I was an artist. It was the first time someone called me that. I’d been crafting/creating for maybe 3 months. The shop owner asked to see photos of my work and offered me wall space!. Read more>>

Taide Pineda | Musician

I fell into it. Although it has not been easy, It is my passion and love it. Read more>>