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.

Alex Pistorio | Orlando style and motherhood blogger

I love this question as it plays a ton into what I stand for in my brand. I left my job I knew for seven years, to fulfill our goal and my dream of raising our daughter full time. With that, I know that staying at home full time can lead to parents falling into the same daily routine, and I still wanted to keep my passions alive which is fashion, creativity, networking and meeting people, and sharing my love for motherhood and lifestyle. Being able to pursue this creative blogging avenue full time has given me the outlet to fulfill my goals and dreams all while raising our daughter full time, and giving her the example that you can do anything you put your mind to! Read more>>

Ayrsto | Recording Artist, Producer, Engineer, A&R Director

The more i embraced my creative side, the more I evolved as a person. The more i strengthened my artistry, the more I grew as an individual. To me, a main goal in life is to grow as an individual and evolve as a person.So the choice to pursue was never really a choice at all, as it was a need.. Passion is everything, we’re only here for so long. Read more>>

Patricia Val | Singer/songwriter

I chose an artistic career because I get to express emotions from life experiences in forms of music. Read more>>

Grant Reitz | Multimedia Designer

As a kid I was always doodling strange creatures and I had a knack for it. On a few occasions I was called down to the principle’s office for this (sorry mom). As my skills developed, these little creatures got more complex. I watched my father hat his job everyday. For years he worked in business with people he described as “Lump Fish”. My father is quite the character. Not taking anything away from how hard he worked, but I told myself even at an early age that if I had the ability to, I would pursue a career that I enjoyed. He would say if you can get paid to do what you like to do, then you have won. The idea of getting paid to make funny illustrations was too enticing not to give it a try. Read more>>

Dajé | Recording Artist

I chose a career in music, because music has been such a pillar in my life. Music provides me with peace, joy, and healing; and I’ve been blessed with the talent and ability to do that for others through my music. Read more>>