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.

Tim Louie | Bassist for Rahway

I’ve always been a creative person since I was a young boy writing about a killer bee chopping the heads off of its victims in first grade. I’ve spent my entire life being a creative writer, which led me into the field of Public Relations. I became professional storyteller. In high school, I picked up a bass guitar after watching Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue light his legs on fire while playing his bass. I knew that’s what I wanted to do…Play bass for a rock band! It gave me the outlet to creatively write my own music through the years. Read more>>

Erik Buckley | Silversmith & Lapidary Artist

My pursuit of a creative career is fueled by a passion for artistic expression, a strong love for the different media in which I work, especially silver and turquoise, and a dedication to quality and constant improvement. This particular artistic endeavor allows me to draw inspiration from countless sources, whether that’s from the rocks pulled out of the ground or from the desert landscape above. Beyond that, being able to create something from scratch is a meditative and therapeutic process. Above all else, though, is the ability to share some of the beauty and the wonder that artists see in the world. Read more>>

Eccentric Danny | American Contemporary Artist

I pursued a career in artistry due to the fact that life itself is art! Finding a way to express and give personal perspective for people to intake through sight on how I view the world, my personal experiences and social issues through a unique approach that makes people appreciate through visual interpretation is amazing. I love that I can exchange and appease people spaces with my works in exchange for some monetary value and thus make a livable wage and a passion to create more. Read more>>

Harlan Cone | Photographer & Creative Director

Well,Since I was very young I was drawn to the creative arts.Music Photography & Fashion all of these things became my passion.My parents ran a creative arts business and I started learning at only 8 years of age.So you can say its a lifelong journey I hope someday to something amazing behind with my creative work. Read more>>

Kaylee Michelle | Fine Artist & Art Instructor

Art had always brought me joy and peace. I started painting with watercolors at the kitchen table when I was a little kid, and that passion has only grown stronger over time. I searched for different art careers, wanting to avoid the “starving artist” trope. Almost ironically, I chose to start my own business and become a public school teacher. It may not be fighting that stereotype, but I’ve found it really is a calling. I can create my own art and influence and inspire young artists- there’s nothing better. Read more>>