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.

Natalie Fedak | Storyteller

Storytelling is the most magical form of real life alchemy. With nothing more than curiosity and imagination, storytellers can activate very real chemicals in listeners’ brains (feelings and thoughts) and create entire worlds and experiences within the mind, experiences that can feel as potent and as meaningful as events in real life. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is. So, I suppose you could say I pursued storytelling as a career because I wanted to learn about magic. I wanted to know how to use it, how it works, and what it can do, which is, as it turns out, quite a lot. Read more>>

Douglas Fur | Photographer

For as long as I can remember I always expected that I would become an artist. Within my family and amongst friends my identity was as the artist, even when my focus changed from illustrator to theater artist, to writer, and eventually to photographer. It has been decades now that I have felt compelled to always have a creative project to work on no matter how silly and regardless if anyone will ever see it. The need to have a constant outlet for artistic self-expression is what gives me my sense of place and purpose. Read more>>

Stephen P. Davis | Film Director

I have always been the creative type, always loved English and reading and art. But when I think back on what truly inspired me to do film I think of my family. My dad passed away when I was very young and so my mom was left to raise me and my brother by herself. One of the things we’d often do together even before my dad passed was watch movies together, most notably, Back to the Future. So, I think back to that as being a core memory for me when I was very happy as a child. That inspired me by wanting to also create art in the form of film that can affect someone in such a positive way like it did for me growing up. Read more>>

Rafael Navarro | Comic Book and Story Artist, Teacher and Lecturer.

It was all that truly made sense to me at the time and still even now, my true calling so to speak… I honestly don’t believe in fate, but art and the pursuit of it was always there, gnawing at me, even after i had decided to become a mathematician during my senior year of high school. It scared my parents frankly when i suddenly changed my path… But as the years went by, even winning an Emmy in animation and a Xeric award in comics, I’ve never regreted it. For what it’s worth, I still do my own taxes! Read more>>

Romana Djekaj | Business owner and mom

I wanted to create a clean brand that reflected positively on the planet and the body. I wanted to create safe products that were versatile without all the unnecessary ingredients that are bad for the environment. Read more>>

dan kubat | artist

I LOVE TO DRAW! hahah, ever since I took a crayon at 3 years old and had my way with my mom’s living room wall. From that point on, I knew what I would be doing for the rest of my life. Read more>>

Veronica Soto | Personal Trainer, Women’s Empowerment Devotee, Photographer, Cheer Coach

When I began training at a local gym, I did not know that at that very moment that was exactly what I was supposed to be doing in my life, I did not know the way my life and career would unfold as it did, but I am so grateful it went the way it did. I was almost forced to begin Revibe Movement Fitness. Now looking back, I am so glad I followed the path that was laid out for me and purposely created something that would be so impactful, so empowering and so moving to me and the many women around me. Read more>>