Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Torris Pelichet | filmmaker

I’ve been creating since I was a child, back then I feared growing up and getting a job because my parents made work sound like slave labor. I loved story telling and often enjoyed when someone read books to me, but going to the movies was like my Disneyland, I understood writing and filmmaking where jobs and swore I do either or, or both when I became a man. Read more>>

Tammy Troutman | Manicurist

When I was a little girl I was always enamored with being in the beauty salon, the way it smelled, the women who were being serviced, the service providers and the feeling that people felt after there hair or nails were done was something that resonated with me early on. I loved how the hairstylist and manicurist created pure art in there own ways. I’ve always been drawn to some sort of art and creative expression and after working different odd jobs I remember telling my mother I need a career where I wouldn’t get bored. While sitting at my friend’s nail shop in 2011 it came to me. From that day I began to pursue my passion. Read more>>

Brit Drozda | Singer-songwriter, Recording & Performing Artist

My life doesn’t feel complete without musical expression. Singing, playing piano, playing guitar and songwriting are an extension of who I am as a human being. I’ve played piano since I was 4 and sang my whole life. They are not only creative outlets but forms of therapy for me. When I took a break from music, I felt lost. By rediscovering it and making it my career focus, I feel fulfilled. Each new song I write, and each performance opportunity, allow me to grow as an artist and to connect with new people. Music is much more than a career. It is a lifestyle. Read more>>

Rachel, Hazel McFadden, Geary | Website Design and Digital Marketing

Choosing to start a business in the creative space is tough because there are so many others doing similar work, but in the website design and digital marketing world the combo of our left and right brain partnership allows us to shine. We are able to approach each project from both the logical and problem-solving, left brain and the creative and innovative, right brain. The result is a carefully executed solution that we are not only proud of but is ultimately the workhorse that our clients need to grow their business. Read more>>