Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Jacqueline Williams | Balloon Artist

I’ve always been a creative person. It’s who I am. I’ve dabbled in a lot of things such as photography, doodling, when I was younger I enjoyed creative writing. I always knew that I would end up using using my artistry as a career I just never knew it would be balloons. I love how something a simple as balloons can be turned into a work of art!. Read more>>

CeCelia Baughn | Makeup Artist

I grew up in a very creative household. My parents often had me involved in their projects, and this led me to see the endless possibilities of mediums to work with. I loved drawing with my Dad and crafting with my Mom. Although the day I took a painting class at 12 years old I just knew that I was going to pursue an artistic/creative career. Until I was 16 years old, I was hesitant about the field I particularly wanted to pursue. I bought myself the Urban Decay Electric palette, and some eyeshadow brushes with some birthday money I had gotten that year. From there, I started creating looks and getting inspired by “influencers” on Instagram (influencers weren’t really called that at the time). I would wake up at 6am every day before school to do a full face of makeup. I could sit there hours in front of the mirror and not get tired of doing my makeup. The thought of creating something new every time I sat down really sparked something in me and I knew from the beginning that I wanted to make this a career. Read more>>

Sabrina Dolcy | Aspiring Makeup Artist & Beauty Influencer

Ever since I could remember, I have always been into the beauty/fashion industry. With makeup, there are no limits to what you can do or create. Makeup is so expressive in different ways from soft natural looks to a bold dramatic look; it’s not just about hiding your flaws. It’s about making a statement and letting people know you are confident and bold enough to be in the room right now. You don’t have to be a painter to know what colors go well together with makeup. Sometimes a simple mistake can actually lead to something creative and trendy. I chose to pursue an artistic career because there are no limits to express beauty. There’s no perfect and exact way that makeup should be done, as long as the makeup artist and client is content with the final look- that is all that matters. There is always something new to learn in the beauty industry no matter how long you have been in the game. Read more>>

HAYELO | Recording Artist

I use my childhood as a reference point to discover any and all of my possible interests. I was always drawing pictures, writing stories, learning origami, and even practicing magic tricks- I gravitated to anything that allowed my imagination to roam free. As I got older, reflecting on my past interests became a guide leading me to choose to an artistic path. I tried to find more “practical” career paths as the end of my high school years approached but nothing stood out to me and I knew whatever I chose to do with my life, I wanted to enjoy doing it. The traditional lifestyle would not offer me the luxury of loving my work, so I chose to pursue a creative career. Read more>>

Rebecca King Ferraro | Digital Marketing Manager & Consultant

I am a former professional ballet dancer with Miami City Ballet. I started ballet at the age of three and I was lucky enough to pursue my passion through to a decade long professional career. While I was dancing, I had dabbled in starting a blog and using digital marketing to promote the website. I found this to be really interesting and exciting, as I immediately came to see the value that social media had for a business and brand. In 2016, sidelined from dancing by a serious injury and impending surgery, I had to start thinking about what came next for me. I teamed up with a fellow Miami City Ballet dancer to expand my blog into a new medium: a podcast. The Conversations on Dance podcast (conversationsondancepod.com) has become one of the most popular ballet and dance podcasts in the country, taking us around the country for live events and to cover performances/festivals. Read more>>

RaShawn Dixon | Illustrator and Designer

I decided to pursue an artistic career because I wanted to make a cartoon series. I enjoy watching cartoons as a kid and love the time and effort creators put into creating each episode. Also the story and character development as well. During my years in college, I realized there’s more avenues for illustration besides working for industry name officials. Illustration goes into editorial, children books, greeting cards, helping indie studios that lead to working with big name coroporations. It’s been a year since I’ve graduated and I’m taking various art courses to sharpen my skills and to what I want to do. In the end, I’m doing more editorial work than visual development which surprised me. Read more>>

Priscilla Martinez | Product Manager & Artist

I think creative people have an internal fire that pushes them towards being creative. I don’t think it’s a choice, I do take breaks but the art always brings me back. Read more>>

Charlie Tripp | Artist, Producer & Engineer

For me, music was something I was always drawn to. It always spoke to me but it took awhile for me to believe for myself that I could actually pursue it. I tried doing the university thing and I got into Boston University for Electrical Engineering. It became apparent for me during my years there that I needed to stop fooling myself and just commit to music. My classes were extremely difficult and I was at the bottom of the class my whole time during the later years. I felt that I had to finish for my parents, but after graduating and going through that I learned that any path I take in life will be difficult, so I might as well just go all in on music because the thought of not doing that makes me sick, and if thats not a sign I don’t know what is. Read more>>