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.

Cynthia D Hilaire | Actress & Writer

I am the youngest in my family and my siblings are 8 years older than I am. Being in that position, I always felt like I was on my own and had to validate and entertain myself. Sometimes, the younger ones are always dismissed, not heard, and misunderstood. My feelings and frustrations were often labeled as “oh you’re just a child, stop being spoiled, nothing is really wrong”, etc. So I always felt like turning to my creative side was a way for me to talk and let out all my angst. The childhood trauma I experienced further fueled my curiosity to explore all things I was creative in like writing, drawing, modeling, acting, and singing. Now I find most of my joy in acting and writing. Read more>>

Joseph Welch | Real Estate Photographer

I pursued an artistic career because I find creating to be extremely invigorating, rewarding, and stimulating. I feel very much alive while creating. To create something out of nothing is very satisfying. Knowing that others can benefit from what I’ve created is in itself a reward. I feel very grateful and thankful to have such a career. Read more>>

Angelique Cecchetti | Makeup Artist & Beauty Coach

I guess I never really asked myself this question. But I feel like I’ve always been attracted by everything about glam and beauty. I remember stealing my mom’s red lipstick when I was only 5 years old and hide it in my backpack to apply it at school. Then, my mom had to deal with teachers telling her that “makeup was not allowed at school”, but that was the way I wanted to be; always wearing makeup, getting my hair done by my mom for a regular school day, and the older I became, the worst it turned. I was really into fashion, modeling, makeup… As a teenager, makeup was always my number 1 priority on my “need it list”. When I was 12 years old that I started to wear daily makeup. I realized it was something that I liked to do naturally. I practiced on my older sister and my mom…and the funny story is that neither my sister nor my mother are into makeup or fashion, so I can’t say where this is coming from. Read more>>

J. Allen Pealer | New Gospel Recording Artist

Honestly, I didn’t pursue this career. It is literally just something that has been inside of me for decades. God has given me a gift to share with his people and I dare not be disobedient. I would love to share with the world the awesomeness that is our God. He opens the door and I walk by his lead. Read more>>

Lynn Garcia | Visual Artist & Designer

The reason I pursued my career in the arts is because of my passion and determination to redefine the way we create and see art! Read more>>

Willy Martin | Actor, TV Host & Content Creator

It’s not something I chose … This career chose me. I became an actor and then a television presenter through a series of opportunities that were presented throughout my life, mainly my childhood and adolescence. Read more>>

Fernanda Froes | Visual Artist & Stationery Designer

I pursued a creative career because visual art and natural history are my passion since I was very young. I grew up in Rio, Brazil, surrounded by the exuberant tropical forest. My inspiration comes from natural science. I illustrate and create handmade sustainable stationery products that carry a Brazilian soul. I believe that my goal as an artist is creating awareness of environmental preservation by highlighting the often overlooked beauty and secrets of nature. Read more>>

Rebeca and Liz | Professional Hair Dresser

Rebeca and Liz have always had strong independent personalities. Deciding to come together to create our own place of beauty was a no-brainer. We both grew up with a passion for beauty, I mean we took dress up to an entirely different level as kids. And that passion only matured as we grew up. Who knew that playing makeover and dress up could turn into a career. For Rebeca her passion evolved from mastering nails to falling in love with the beauty of hair. For her the passion grew from one area into another. For Liz her passion evolved from skincare aesthetics to makeup, hair and nails. So why did we pursue this career, well we know that if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. Read more>>

Dawn Pilpel | Designer & Owner

Honestly, I don’t feel I pursued a career in art, but rather my love of fun, art and fashion developed into a career. I believe life is too short to look like everybody else. I want to empower others to be leaders not followers. I want my creations to stand out in a crowd. It’s so rewarding seeing how my customers are able to express who they are through each of my pieces. My ideas, my passion live in every aspect of my work. My art is as unique as the people who wear it. My artistic journey is far from over and I’m excited to see where it takes me. Life is too short to be boring. I love thinking outside of the box and love getting others to break out of a mold and be who they want to be. stand out, be you and #grablifebythenuts Read more>>

Jason D’aquino | Artist & Miniaturist

This is such an incredibly enigmatic question…. I’m not sure that it was a conscious choice, but if it was, then I believe that I chose to pursue an artistic career path because ALL other choices truly paled in comparison. I could never imagine living a fulfilling life without artistic creation. I suppose for me it is what people refer to as a ‘calling’- an undeniably irresistible draw toward a particular pursuit-forsaking all others, and with total disregard for what logic, expedience, convenience or the prevailing knowledge dictates. All advice I was given as a child, was designed to steer me toward a financially secure 9 to 5 career path. But the idea of becoming a cog in a large machine was soul crushing. I could not abide the notion of selling my life , day by day, hour by hour and minute by minute, without ever really living it. Read more>>