We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Lisa White | Product & Lifestyle Photographer

The pursuit of a creative career was really inevitable for me. I come from a family of artists and have been around art my whole life. My mom is a talented illustrator & painter, as well as my uncle! Creativity has come in all forms within my family, from music to crafts to culinary arts. So when I first discovered photography, I knew that was my medium of choice. Working within a creative field is so much more fulfilling for me. An obvious sign of this was a past job choice that didn’t include using any type of creativity. Read more>>

Brittany Arnold | Social Media Marketing Manager

I’ve always been creative. When I was in elementary school, I would write short stories and gave them to all of my family members. From the jump, I knew I wouldn’t go into a “traditional” career path because I was meant to be artistic. I’ve always been passionate about writing/creating, so I knew majoring in a Communications path would be the right choice. After having the freedom to take classes like Creative Writing, 21st Century Media, and Art as Persuasion – I believed that a career in Social Media Marketing would be the best choice for me. With over four years of experience so far, I know that I made the best decision. Read more>>

Andrew Yasgar | Artist Sket One

As cliche as it may sound I didn’t choose it, its chose me. Since as far back as i can remember i loved to draw. It put me in this alpha wave zone that brought peace to my mind that was cluttered with thoughts, ideas, impulses of overactivity that i think everyone in my family was overwhelmed with. My family always encouraged me, even when i took on being a graffiti writer. My mother knew it was illegal and dangerous, and begged me to be careful. I was careful and VERY active. So i guess growing up supported and learning new skills every year is why i chose it. I was praised, supported and given the tools to move forward creatively thats why i do it today. Read more>>

Nordine ‘Orsha’ | Designer, Creative Director & Founder/OrshaShoes

For as long as i can remember Fashion has always been a true passion of mine. Since a  child, I loved painting, drawing and making  clothes for my dolls. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a Fashion  Designer or any career which allowed me to be creative. Fashion is an image of self-expression whether affordable or lavish. It allows me to reinvent, express, create & stand out from the rest of the crowd. Fashion also gives me confidence, as if I look good, I feel good inside. The act of creating something, of coming up with new ideas and bringing it to fruition is very gratifying. Being open to the creative experience is also a source of great joy. Read more>>

Grace Astrin | Abstract Artist

What led you to pursue a creative path? As far as I remember, art was always a part of my life. I was surrounded by paintings and sculptures from an early age, thanks to my mom for being an artist. I would spend hours in her studio experimenting with different colors, techniques and looking at art pieces, both hers and other artists. Slowly my work became more and more complex and I started doing exhibitions in Rome, Italy. When it was time to choose a career, painting was already second nature to me. At that point, I knew I couldn’t live without it. It was an easy choice. Read more>>