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.

Soleil | Singer, Songwriter, & Entertainer

Music is what’s most authentic to me. Freedom, in various forms, is my biggest metric. Being a singer/songwriter is something that I cherish because I value the experience of being able to express myself freely and in a creative way that serves as a release for me and an inspiration for others. Art makes you feel something, and that’s what I want my music to do. Read more>>

Caroline Golden | Collage Artist

I have asked myself this very same question! I often wonder if my artistic side hadn’t been such a pull, what other possible career I would have chosen. As a small child, I was continually drawing. I recall the very first time opening a box of sixty-four Crayola Crayons, an army of colors and possibilities just waiting for my command! After filling one coloring book after another, wearing those crayons down to a nub, I moved on to whatever blank notebooks were available to me. In fact, I still have one of those notebooks on the shelf next to me as I do this interview! Pretending I was an author, I filled page after page of drawings with accompanying stories. How I wish I could read my pre-school aged scribbles! My parents had the foresight to enroll me in weekend art lessons. I was six years old, and on the very first day upon entering the building, I saw adults teaching art and others busy creating. They wore paint smeared smocks, their fingernails embedded with color, swirling around me was the scent of linseed oil and the sense of serious creative industry. Read more>>

Salty Sam | Comedian & Mystic

As a yoga teacher, my mission is to create as much awareness as possible and I feel that there is a strong need for a true companionship in people. But, there are a lot that feel misunderstood and have no place to truly express themselves. I aim to create a space that invites an unfiltered Expression that allows people to feel connected. This is my purpose with The Salty Sam Show. We all have one, just need place to express it. Read more>>

Missy Revuelta | Photographer & Medical Professional

Since I was a child, I’ve always found ways to express myself creatively. I actually wanted to be an animator for Disney, but then started to learn different mediums of art and how to express myself. I enjoy the expression and making my own rules not having to live up to what society wants. Read more>>

Brittany Hamilton | Makeup & Hair Artist, Skin Expert, & Cosmetology Instructor

I decided to choose this creative career because it definitely chose me first! Being a creative was always apart of my life from every stage of my life. Started with dancing, to taking a liking to makeup & hair from performing (I loved how I felt when I was made up for every performance!), to modeling/fashion shows, to directing fashion shows & being behind the scenes for makeup & hair, to apart of a glam team for photoshoots & VIP clients. Even if I had the opportunity to steer away from the creative realm, it’s my calling so I would eventually find my way back in it. This life was meant for me – I truly believe that. Read more>>

Jesus Suarez | Art Director and 3D Artist

An art career was not my first choice. Like many other people I tried to go the conventional way and staying “in the family business” by attending Engineering school. My father’s an Engineer and he had his own company back home, so it was the obvious step to take. But I quickly realized that’s not what i wanted to do. Lots of technical discussions and math was definitely not very interesting to me, and while attending school i met a guy who used Photoshop in his spare time. Can’t even remember his name but he introduced me to it, and I started playing around with that in my own time and eventually decided to make the switch and pursue a title in Graphic Design. Later on I was introduced to Motion Graphics and 3D and that was pretty much game over for me. With my computer I have the opportunity to create my own worlds, explore and tell stories that otherwise I would not be able to. Read more>>

Amsi | Singer/Songwriter

Music has always driven me almost since the day I was born. I have always loved performing and singing, and I just never wanted to stop. I am incredibly lucky to have a support system that encouraged my dream and helped me get to the place where I am now. I don’t think I could ever picture myself outside of a creative field. Read more>>

Ariel Rose | Performer, Singer & Songwriter

I pursued an artistic career because I truly believe it is what I was born to do. Many people have incredible talents and everyone has a different journey to realizing them, and I realized at an early age that what I love to do is perform. Growing up, my parents actually enrolled me in a lot of musical theater groups, classes and lessons to encourage me and help me develop my talent. I think a life without creativity is quite boring! There are so many amazing ways to be creative in any profession. I chose a career in the arts specifically because it’s how I best express myself. Performing is an especially wonderful career because I enjoy making other people smile and feel things through music. If I can make someone’s day just a little bit better, it’s all worth it! I think being creative isn’t always easy. It’s especially difficult not to get caught up in society’s views on things or your family and friends’ views on things. But when we are creative we not only come up with new and wonderful ideas, but we are also able to learn more about ourselves. And in doing that, we can help others.  I am also a songwriter. It’s another way of expressing myself and I have been doing a lot of that lately. Read more>>

Jaimi McPeek | Actress, Dancer, Model & Singer

I believe whole-heartedly that I was meant to do this! For anyone who doesn’t know, my name is Jaimi McPeek and I am an actress, dancer, singer and model. From a very young age, I have suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder along with Depression. I started dancing at the age of 5, but by the age of 7, I realized that dancing was a complete release for me. It was a way for me to showcase the often-time confusing emotions without saying a word. It was a different way of expressing myself. By the age of 10, I knew I wanted to go professional, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. At 13, I tried musical theatre and by the age of 15, I got my first role in my theatre’s broadways season of Catch Me If You Can where I played as the youngest of 8 female dancers in the show. While dancing in Catch Me If You Can, I was also singing and stage-acting. For about a month, I performed in front of sold out crowds every single night. That feeling is something truly indescribable. Read more>>

Ginger Salem | Celebrity Vocal Coach

I feel like my career chose me. From a very early age I knew I wanted to sing and I would sing along to the radio riding in the car with my parents and they never told me to shut up, so I guess they didn’t mind. I remember one evening while watching Marie Osmond she was singing her song “Paper Roses” and I started singing with her and my father looked at me and said “you have a beautiful voice, you should be a singer when you grow up”. That meant so much to me because my Dad was a Singer himself in a band back in the 50’s called Bobby Star and the Eldorado’s where he played rhythm guitar and sang back up. When my parents would take me out to their favorite restaurant on occasion my Dad would sit in with the band and soon enough I would be jumping up on that stage singing my heart out, I was hooked at 10 years old. My Mom was so encouraging always asking me to give her a little concert and dragging me along to different venues to have me sit in with the locals bands until eventually I had my own. I became a teacher only after struggling for years to learn proper technique and getting nowhere. Read more>>