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.

TJ Tekurio | Content Creator, Curator, Teacher & Choreographer

Growing up, I had the privilege to attend Performing Arts schools (Elementary-High School), so arts and creativity were all around me from an early age. Once I committed to being a dancer I dove head first into creative movement, choreographing, performing, creating, and soaking up all the creative juices I could. I had a few mentors that took me under their wings and helped me see my artistic potential and gave me opportunities to sharpen my voice. My artistic craft and years of discipline took me to college, where I only deepened my knowledge on the arts and expanded my repertoire by collaborating and taking on new projects (Film, Visual Arts, etc). When I was on the cusp of graduating and making decisions about careers, I knew I was going to have a job in the arts for the rest of my life. Read more>>

Shane Kinsler | Filmmaker & Teacher

For as long as I can remember I have always been creating. My mother had me in art classes when I was maybe five years old. Before I even learned to swim, I was learning to create. I was the kid building sets in my bedroom to choreograph action sequences with my toys. Drawing and writing stories continued through elementary and high school. Eventually, I got my hands on a camcorder and immediately started making films. I went to Glastonbury High in Connecticut, and our art department was lucky enough to have a tape-to-tape editing machine. This was when I really started experimenting with shooting and editing stories. And in hindsight, I would say was the first major turning point for me, because I knew then, that making movies was what I wanted to do forever. My senior year my English teacher, Mr. McGovern, pulled me out of class to tell me how good my final story was. Read more>>

Beverly Dameron | Artist & Painter

Art was always an interest but I needed a nudge. Over twenty years ago I took a voice acting workshop. It was intense and you preformed instinctively 100% of the time. The instructor told the class “I’m going to flip you to the right side of your brain. So be prepared for changes.” That was an understatement! At the end of the workshop the instructor said I had made good progress and she hoped I would continue with the next workshop. I instantly knew and told her I was going to become a full time painter/artist. It was what I should have always been doing. I went home that night, retrieved all the cans of house paint (only paint I had at the time) from the garage and painted a scene on my china cabinet! From that time since I began & continue to develop my art. There is no limit to the imagination, challenge and joy it brings me and hopefully my clients. Read more>>