We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Patricia Carrigan | Author & Dance Instructor

I pursued art and creativity, initially, because it was an escape from school and responsibilities. Now, I pursue it because if I’m going to do something for the rest of my life, why not do something that brings me joy? Being a writer and a dance teacher does that for me. I get to create something that is mentally and visually appealing for more than just myself – and seeing others enjoy it is so much more rewarding than what I did for a ‘career’ before. Read more>>

Bailey Wright | Digital Marketer & Creative

As a child I never thought I was “creative.” I couldn’t really draw and at the time art class is what was “creative” to me. Toward the end of high school I started learning that there is more to creativity and being a creative than just drawing, painting, etc. I have always been a writer at heart. It started as a coping mechanism and eventually turned into one of my greatest loves. I got my degree in journalism and photography and it was really during my undergrad that I learned that creating is what made me happy. Whether it was covering Flagstaff news, pouring the perfect latte, taking a beautiful portrait or painting my nails… these are the little things that kept me going. Read more>>

Yolanda vn der Lelij Klein | artist

I always wanted to paint. So when I had a chance I started with painting and enjoying it. Read more>>

The Free Boyz | Music Collective & Podcasters

It’s not a career for us, we love music and making it. Being creative is the only thing that has broughtn us fulfillment and happiness. Music has always made us feel included in a world of misfits, allowing us to express our selves in ways we could have never found in another outlet Read more>>

Victoria Ramirez | VARH Photography- Photographer

I’ve always been a creative person. From a young age, I knew I wouldn’t be happy unless I had a creative outlet; so as an adult it’s been amazing to pursue my art full-time both through personal photography and social media content for brands. I feel very privileged to be in a spot to pursue creativity and art and be able to support myself. It took a few years to get to this point, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Read more>>

Pablo Robles | Professional Editorial and Corporate Photographer

Ever since I was a little kid, I enjoyed looking at the pictures on magazines and newspapers. I always wonder how can a photographer capture such creative images. I didn’t know at the time that what our eyes see is different than what a camera can see. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that by manipulating the cameras settings, you can capture images that our eyes are incapable of seeing. Read more>>

Nikki + Jon | USA Travel Couple

We decided to pursue a creative career because that’s what we started loving! Growing up, we both though we needed what was considered a “professional career” such as accounting. But we quickly learned that that just wasn’t us. We love being more flexible with when and where we work and we didn’t want to be tied down making someone else’s dream come true while ignoring our own. Read more>>

Jackie Narciso | Singer, Songwriter & Visual Artist

As a child I idolized incredible artists and performers like Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and so many more. I was inspired by their talent, confidence and work ethics, so I practiced their songs over and over (and over) again in the hopes of learning how to emulate what they were doing. Read more>>