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.

Paulina Ramos | Visual Artist

Since childhood I have been interested in the illusion of the figure on a two dimensional surface. I wanted to gain knowledge of materials and use them to make my imagination a reality. I value greatly my studies into the history of art as one can learn how the past may influence the present. It’s important to see how these artists represented the world around them and then to use these lessons to help depict contemporary society. My hope is that future generations will look favorably on the art produced today and find some meaning in it. Read more>>

KP Jenkins | Dancer & Fashion Model

Dance has been a part of me even before birth, my mom would play music while I was still in the womb, and I would start kicking and moving. Dance is my lifeline. Dancing allows me to express who I am and how I feel about the things around me. Read more>>

Henri Benard | Music Performer, Music Educator, Music Production

I pursued a creative and artistic career because I honestly believed there was no other option for the life I wanted to live. I never wanted to be controlled by a job (funny I say that now because a career as an artist is very demanding and time consuming work). I knew that if I applied my skills correctly in this world, I could work for myself and have fun while doing it. That was certainly a major motivating factor, as too many people dislike their jobs and want more fulfillment from their life than their 40 hour/week job can offer. I also knew I wanted to travel and see lots of places on this earth. Read more>

Katy Nichole | Singer-songwriter

I chose to pursue an artistic career because my love for music isn’t just a hobby. I am constantly learning new things and wanting to grow in my craft. I realized that I could turn the thing I love the most into a career and it brings me so much joy. I have never felt like the type of person who would have a normal 9-5 kind of job. I have tried many different things, including being a certified Medical Assistant, but music is the one that always stuck with me. I have been singing for as long as I can remember and when I started writing my own songs, I couldn’t stop. I have been extremely blessed to have the gift of music and be able to use it in such a positive and uplifting way. Read more>>

Ada Rose Mancusi | Graphic Designer & Jewelry Maker

My passion and abilities have always been in art and design, so it was an obvious choice for me as a career path. If you are dedicated and develop your skills and abilities with passion, you will create a career where you will ultimately be satisfied. Some of the earliest memories I have is of drawing everything – I enjoyed it immensely. This passion is what lead me to develop my artistic skills and choose the path I am on today. I was also very fortunate to have a family that nurtured this creative ability allowing me to explore and develop these skills which helped me gain the confidence to pursue design as a career. Read more>>

Nissa Kubly | Artist & Teacher

Early in my education I had really great mentors and teachers. They were instrumental in shaping my love for art. I knew in high school that I wanted to pursue an artistic field. In my small high school, the art teacher offered all art classes; 2D , 3D, Photography and Painting all taught by the same teacher. I thought “how can one person know how to do all this so well?” All of the mediums seemed like I needed a life time of knowledge to master them. He suggested attending the University of Wisconsin- Madison and take classes in Metals/Jewelry. Under great guidance from amazing instructors there I learned all aspects of metalworking (fabrication, casting, turning, holloware, stone setting, raising, etc) I left with a golden knowledge of the field in undergrad. Read more>>

Ciera Cece Garcia | Nail Artist

While working in an office definitely paid my bills and allowed me to acquire proper business skills. It didn’t allow my soul to speak. I am a creative, I need to create for my sanity. Nails are my canvas & my creative outlet. I am blessed to have a career I truly love. Read more>>

Alec Damiano | Musician

I pursued a creative career, because I honestly don’t know what else I would do with my life. I grew up in a family of musicians and learned how to play the violin at a very young age, so music has always been a major part of my life and everything I do. It has always been my passion. Read more>>

Marcial J. Paredes | Artist /Creative

I pursued a creative career because it’s something that is so much more fulfilling to me. Creating something with my hands that others get to enjoy is very rewarding. Read more>>

Richard Palalay | Pianist, Composer & Arranger

I have always been involved in music. My first public performance was at the age of 7. Playing the piano in front of an audience was for me a natural thing to do, and aside from piano studies and playing familiar pieces and popular songs, I also loved creating music. Sitting at the piano and coming up with my own melodies was just as satisfying as learning a new piece. There was never a decision to be made where I had to choose what I was going to do for the rest of my life. Music was it. Read more>>

Kay Hale | Artist

I am impelled for the most part to create. If I ignore the desire, the call to create then I can fall into a very dull routine. I pursue my art career because I have always been an artist. Even during times of slow down, or busy with other things life brings, the desire to create has always been there. I consider even my down time a time to dream of art. Considering this time of isolation, I have used it to prepare myself for new work, new ideas, and rest. A weary body and soul has difficulty creating. I have fallen into the idea that to be a successful artist I must sell,sell,sell. But to keep creating, I have had to put that selling idea to bed! Read more>>

Jill McKee | Designer + Vacation Rental Consultant

I absolutely love the challenge of something new all the time! In the work I do, every home is different. They all have their own distinct feeling in so many ways. I just love “listening” to a home and what it wants! That might sound crazy, but it’s true! I love to just sit in the space and feel it. If I sit there long enough and really listen, it always becomes really clear to me what it needs. Then it’s lots of fun to add my own artistic and creative touch to really watch it progress into something better than it was. It’s really fulfilling work! Read more>>