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.

Sean Oliver | Filmmaker

Two humans stand on a mountaintop watching a life changing sunset. They each take out a canvas to capture the scene with paint and geometry. One human paints the vista as it is, capturing every detail with careful strokes. While the other ignores their basic sensory data, and instead imprints how the sunset makes them feel. Both renderings are valid snapshots of a moment in time. One a photographic-esque recreation and the other an explosion of interpretation. But few would guess they were paintings of the same setting sun. We’re quite certain of what we see, and even more certain of what we experience. But the more you recreate and share the past with others the more you realize that life isn’t as concrete as a movie. A few years ago myself and two good friends were returning from a film screening in Tuscon. Read more>>

Aimee Ollinger | Visual Artist

Pursuing this career was essential because if I didn’t my life would have felt unfulfilled. Creating art is just who I am. When I create a piece that brings someone joy, there really is no better feeling than that. People have questioned me with, “Well that’s great that you got a degree in fine art, but how are you going to make enough money to live?” Hearing this question over and over has definitely made me second guess my career choice. However, I realized that it is okay to have a day job while continuing and advancing my art career. I have faith that if I work hard enough I could one day survive off my art. Even if I don’t become a super famous artist, the career path I have taken so far has genuinely made me a happy person. I truly do love being an artist! Read more>>

Abigail Vazquez | Nail Artist & Entrepreneur

One of the most important decisions in your life is choosing the right career. It determines your future and part of your happiness. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t be as successful as you were intended to be. Seven years ago, I made the decision to become a nail artist. From an early age, I discovered I was very artistic. This defined me as a person who always gives 100% in everything I’m passionate about. I define creativity as a never ending resource that takes you to unimaginable places. This resource is crucial for success in the beauty industry. Now, those unimaginable places are tangible to me. I have my own salon suite, I’m continuing my education acting on accomplishing my goals and loving my career more everyday. I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on women’s lives. Women to whom nails represent a feminine, classy, sophisticated side they can’t hide. Read more>>