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.

Amanda Ortega | Actress & Playwright

I’ve always been a drama queen to be honest. My parents and family can vogue for that! I think being an artist is something I’ve always been and it in a way choose me. It’s one the biggest passions in my life and I love it so much. When I am creative weather it be writing a play, acting or directing it’s as if my whole being is electrified. There is no greater feeling than to do what you love. Is it hard, yes! But as the saying goes anything worth having is worth working hard for. It’s a dream, inspiration, and true struggle to be an artist. I know it choose me and I continue to choose the path of being an artist everyday. Read more>>

Brittney Campbell | Brand Designer & Strategist

I’ve always had a love for art. I never knew how to channel it for the longest. It was not until I was in high school, I took art for the first time and my teacher was amazing. She motivated me to expand my horizon and try new things. So, I did and won an award at a local art show. It was one of the greatest feelings because I had worked so hard on the painting. There was a lot of self doubt. I had to deal with and work through. Is my work good enough? Am I capable of this? I went to school for business but found out that’s not what I wanted to do. I really wanted to create art. See, you can go all around the world and try things but you will always come back to your first love. My first love is to create. I am passionate about encouraging others to do the same through visual storytelling. Read more>>

Giorgio Casu | Artist & Designer

Creative minds don’t have many choices in order to be happy and fulfilled. As an artist, I create art just because I cannot live without it. I would paint or create even if it wasn’t my job. The difference between who does art as a job and those who have to do it just as a hobby or passion is the perseverance and obviously their own talent. Read more>>

Legal Fox™ (Shannon Harvey-Fung, Esq.) | .EduTainment Video Creator & Attorney

To fulfill a deep longing from within. After over a decade of practicing law I felt strongly that something was missing from my day-to-day life. I then realized there was a gnawing creative spark within me that I must tend to. I felt stifled in the sole role as a ‘logical’ lawyer. Due to this, at first, I questioned if I wanted to continue in my path but I soon realized that I could still use the vastly helpful knowledge I’ve gained and channel it in a more amusing, innovative way that could also benefit a larger section of people. I wanted to create video vignettes that were educational yet unique, sexy, and savvy. Something that might captivate those in the general public that may have otherwise been bored with legal topics. Informative yet inclusive, relevant, and lighthearted. With the help of a few talented people, Legal Fox TV™ – a fun, progressive, law-related web series – was born … based on real-life cases and facts. Read more>>