We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Kellin Watson | Singer-Songwriter & Musician

I chose to be a professional singer songwriter and musician because, to put it in simple terms, it was what I was best at, & what came most naturally to me. My parents were both artists as well, but had conformed to the more traditional work force when I was young in order to support my brother and I. While they remained as artistic and creative as ever, I saw the toll working for someone else had on their soul and creative muse’s. I was always taught that one of the main purposes of life was to find your calling, and simply follow it. Read more>>

Ashley Martinez | Mom & Candle Maker

I didn’t end up where I am today overnight. When I had my 3-year-old son, I needed an outlet. He was born with a heart deformity, and I was having a tough time with anxiety, being a mom of 3 at the time and going to so many doctor appointments. He ended up with a feeding tube which was really tough at the time for the both of us. Before I started my business I started getting into social media, specifically Instagram. I started a page as a makeup influencer and loved being able to inspire others! Read more>>

Marina Mohan | Nonprofit cofounder & brand owner

I have always been artistic and a creator. Growing up I was always involved in dance and art. I think that I always bring creativity into what I’m doing. Read more>>

Lamont Aka (JC-VerbalAssassin) | Music artist/Engineer/Screenwriter

It was the feeling I felt the first time I listened to my own voice on a song. It blew my mind that it was me and it felt right. From there on I continued to pursue music and develop my sound,style and way of writing to where I am today.Its a path no matter how it ends I will never regret diving into. Read more>>