Artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that their career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not easy and so we asked a few of the artists and creatives we admire to talk to us about why they chose to pursue an artistic or creative career.

Lily Armentrout | Photographer

Since childhood I always had a love of the arts. I found myself always drawing, painting, making my own clothes for my Barbies and taking photos with my dad’s Nikon SLR. Twenty years ago in college I majored in Biology/Pre-med to pursue a career in pediatrics which was my lifelong goal. After graduating college I took a year off to study for the medical school entrance exam only to find myself working for the University of Miami and the Medical Examiners office. While I immersed myself in learning hands on gross anatomy I spent my free time photographing rock bands at local South Florida venues. My love of music and photography began to take up a good portion of my personal life. At that point I had not considered making photography a career as it was simply something that I enjoyed as a hobby. Read more>>

Randall Richards | Director & Director Of Photography

pursued an artistic career because I wanted the freedom to create the life that I wanted for myself. I’ve always been involved in art, whether it’s playing the guitar, singing in the choir, dancing, painting, drawing and taking photos when I was younger. During this time I also developed a  love for technology, so of course having a mother who is a teacher, she pushed me towards the more traditional side of things.  After college, I won a photography competition and got a 2 year internship with Smirnoff and that along with, what I like to call, my “artistic renaissance” in 6th form when I tried to do everything I could possibly do in the arts, I hit a big turning point in my life. It gave me freedom to express myself, especially in different forms. You know, variety is the spice of life and I felt that a creative career gave me this opportunity that a traditional career could not. Read more>>

Jessica Morale | Singer Songwriter

I decided to pursue a career in music because I fell in love with the feeling performing stage for an audience gave me. I grew up in a Puerto Rican household with an eclectic variety of music always playing around the house. I found myself becoming bewitched by the infectious beats and enchanting lyrics and I began singing all around the house. Growing up I always immersed myself in anything creative, such as choir, drama, and art classes, but especially fell in love with performing in front of an audience. There’s just something so magical about performing your song onstage, and someone comes up to you from the audience and tells you, “Wow, I’ve felt this way too. Read more>>

Ashley Torres | Owner of Fluent Hippie.co

I Decided to Pursue an Artistic or creative career to allow myself the chance to expression my passions with the world and create something out of it. Growing up I was very involved with Fashion and sewing, so this really helped me to continue to learn more about the different outlets within Art and create a professional lifestyle out of it. Read more>>

Tamiko Sinclair | Entrepreneur- Skincare

I have always been a creative individual and focused on inspiring others so it only made sense for me to start a business where items are curated by myself. My creative compass is definitely what makes me Me and I believe that is translated into the aesthetics of the brand. If my business didn’t involve creativity or an artistic component, then it wouldn’t feel authentic. Read more>>