Artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that their career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not easy and so we asked a few of the artists and creatives we admire to talk to us about why they chose to pursue an artistic or creative career.

Elle Ostapuk | Hair/Makeup artist & Aesthetics student

I never thought that I would chose this career, let alone did I know it was a possibility! I graduated high school in May of 2020, in the peak of the pandemic and it’s lockdowns. I felt as though the chapter of my childhood was not given closure, which I believe greatly affected my academic performance in my first year of college. (August 2020) I felt disappointed in myself, and burnt out, and like I failed at meeting my goals. I soon realized that these goals weren’t my dreams, and that my heart desired a career full of fun, and people, as well as creativity. Read more>>

Tanner Tovar | Filmmaker

I pursued an artistic career because ever since I was a child I’ve always had a creative side. It started with drawings of animals and fish, and then moved to watching movies in 2002 when Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. I fell in love with the visual art of movies and tv. I got my first camera in high school where I started landscape photography. Soon it transitioned into doing portraits of people and then I knew it’s what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Jen Litt | Portrait Photographer

I’m pursuing a creative career because it allows me to connect with myself and other people. I can use my photography to tell other people’s stories and in the process, I get to express myself through the pictures, too. Seeing people react positively when I send them their photos is the best part because I’m making other people happy by doing what I love. Read more>>

Natasha Cantone | Professional Tattoo Artist

Art was always a creative tool for me that was used to communicate how I was feeling. As a young child, (3 years old) I was going to Therapy. I was non verbal up until the age of 5! So they interpreted my emotions through drawing and creativity. And as I got older it formed into an outlet that’s I’ve always have been drawn too. I really wanted to go to Pratt institute in NY for fine arts but the option was never their I couldn’t afford it. Read more>>

Michael Miller | Fine Artist

In many ways I think it was a career in art that chose me. I was not particularly gifted as a child when it came to drawing, many of my other siblings art work made it on to the fridge before mine did. Art was a byproduct of my fascination with history. I would read accounts of Civil War generals and spend the next day drawing them. My parents took me to Gettysburg when I was 12 and it was there that I started to fall in love with the old barns and the idea of preserving part of the past. It struck me that history was all around and I wanted to preserve it through painting them. Read more>>