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.

Kenia Forget | Co-frounder of Stix + Brix

From a young age, I have had a passion for art, always choosing another drawing or painting class over instruments or sports. I became interested in architecture as a teenager and thought it was a very alluring career. I was drawn to design, models, materials, and studio spaces. I then pursued a career in architecture and enjoyed all that I learned. But as an adult I found that I wanted to break away from the traditional practice and spend even more time in the creative process. That is when I switched from working full time in our architecture firm to full time on our kids architecture brand, Stix + Brix. Read more>>

My Cousin Vinny | Artist

When I first started producing music and DJing, around 12 years old, something clicked in my brain and I became fascinated. Hearing melodies and sounds in my head, trying to make them real, and putting them out into the world keeps me inspired and fuels the pursuit of my creative journey. Read more>>

Luxrem | Your favorite prog nerds from Miami

As a band I think the thing that drove us toward this career was not just the love for music, but an inescapable feeling that this is the thing that we were meant to do. Something we can’t live without and will never stop doing. We all have different musical backgrounds and have all been playing since we were teenagers. Our singer is originally from Suriname and met our drummer in a songwriting class at Miami Dade College. The rest of us are all from right here in Miami. Read more>>

ChelseaLuv | Artist & Singer/Songwriter

My pursuance in the arts is more of a calling than a career. It’s something that’s always felt natural and like home. I grew up as a creative child and ,fortunately, never lost that spirit of self expression. I literally couldn’t see myself doing anything else. (Still don’t) Read more>>

Eva Aning | Writer & Blogger

I’ve always had the desire to be part of something more. I wanted to make a difference by doing something that mattered. My parents always encouraged me to use my gifts, or God would take them away. So in elementary school, I started singing at church. Singing became my favorite thing to do. Not only was it a gift, but it was what I used to help me and sometimes others heal. Through song, I fell in love with the meaning of specific lyrics and words. Read more>>

Ludwig Paredes | Musician, Composer & Multi-instrumentalist

From a very young age I was immersed in the world of art and especially music, my father and mother where both artists. I believe that art and specifically music is the easiest way to reach the deepest emotions and compartments of the mind. Music in a few second can make you smile or it can make you feel sad. That’s art, that’s emotion. Personally, I believe that in a world where it is becoming more technological and automated, we need more humanity, more culture and, above all, more sensitive human beings. That is why I love music and what it makes me feel and it is also the contribution that I want to leave to humanity or at least to my family. Read more>>

Ariel E Richardson | Bracelet Designer & Hairstylist

I pursued this career because i wanted a way to motivate people through inspirational bracelets . To let them know you can over come any situation such as depression , suicidal thoughts, heart break and low self esteem. Each bracelet has a special message on each charm. To remind them you are more than enough and you are somebody . Read more>>

Freddy Tyler Paul | Singer-Songwriter & Fashion Photographer

I was just a total geek growing up. People don’t realize how nerdy making music and photography really is because they only hear or see the final products, often which are seen as glamorous in one way or another. Well every musician started out in his bedroom playing an instrument by himself and tinkering with electronics all day. At least that’s what I did! Then one day I picked up a film camera. I literally spent an entire year wandering around Chicago alone teaching myself how to properly expose a photo. So at the end of the day, I guess I just realized I wasn’t good at anything else but being my usual nerdy self, trying to create something from nothing. Read more>>