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.

Araya Shepherd | Portrait photographer

I decided on photography as a career because it brings me the most joy. I’ve tried being a business and a psychology major and while I found both fields interesting I couldn’t commit. Being able to create something that can be timeless or fun, something that will resonate with people in some way makes me happy. Read more>>

Bryanna Aliyah Alvarado | Teen Entrepreneur

Since I can remember I have always been artistic and creative. Remembering the times where I would create DIYs in my treehouse and sell duct tape wallets at school. I recall always looking at YouTube videos on how to make slime and would decorate pencils to sell during recess. Read more>>

Brittany Ha-Nguyen | Photographer & Videographer

I have always gravitated towards creative outlets since I was young. I love that there are no limits and boundaries in art – in fact, it is encouraged to be bold and different. My favorite classes in school growing up always revolved around creating, whether that was painting, music, or film, and when it was finally time for me to decide what I was going to choose as my career, the clearest answer was pursuing something in the arts industry. Read more>>