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.

Lauren Pires | Student Journalist

I believe what inspired me to pursue an artistic career would be my parents. Sometimes I feel like a photocopy of my father, we both have the same interests to the point where we work together on almost every project. I have always been a visual person, and I think expressing yourself or your brand through design is extremely important. We eat with our eyes first, we judge books by their covers – it’s just the way humans are. I have a passion for engaging audiences to want more, which is why art and design will always play a crucial role in my life. Read more>>

Owen Munisamy | Fine Artist

I always loved drawing and so my parents send me to a private art teacher. After primary school, I went to a dedicated secondary art school called “St Luc” in my home town Liege (Belgium). Followed by university studies at Winchester school of art (Southampton University) in the UK. Art has always been where I can escape myself, find peace and calmness away from the frustrations of life. I am very much encourage by my friend and family. That visits me and gives me confidence to look at a brighter future. Read more>>

Daniel Fiorda | Visual Artist and Musician

I am a -natural-inclined to music and visual art from my childhood. with a creative family ,specially my father , which is now is 90 years old. Read more>>

Nirva Tervil | Graphic Designer & Brand Stylist

I choose to purse an artistic or creative career because as a child I’ve always been very passionate about the arts, from dancing, drawing, painting, and designing. I never knew that designing would be something I end up doing permanently, but I’m glad I did, because I love my job. Designing not only brings me happiness but also my clients; knowing that my passion and gift is helping someone’s vision and dream come true, is the best feeling. Read more>>

Sarah Bataille | Brand & Graphic Designer | Illustrator

For as long as I can remember, I have always gravitated towards anything that would allow me to be creative. From a really young age, my favorite pastimes were writing short stories & poems. Coupled with always having my nose in a book, escapism through art and literature really molded a lot of not only who I am, but also how I viewed the world and those around me. So, it was only right that I guess I would find myself about 15 years later creating for small businesses and having people reach out to me and tell me that they can’t wait to work with me or buy my pieces. Honestly, the goal was never really to pursue art as a means to make an income. However, over what will be about 3 yrs of me taking this route, and looking into different career paths and even graduate programs since I received my B.A. this past fall. I don’t think I can see myself doing anything outside of creating. Read more>>

Lisa Mounteer-Watson | Artist, Actress, Writer

I pursued this as my career because I am most at peace with myself when I am painting. I am a highly intuitive person, and at the risk of sounding grandiose, I feel I am an empath, picking up on the energies that surround me. Perhaps I am too sensitive. But I use this personality trait to my work. creating pieces that are derived from my emotions and feelings about a place or situation. This also helps me articulate what I am sensing. The canvas speaks for me. Read more>>

Tom Falco | Cartoonist

I had to. It was my destiny. When one has an ‘artistic career’ I believe the career chooses you. I don’t think you just wake up one day and decide to be an artist or be in the art or creative business. Whether you are an actual artist, or cartoonist in my case, or art gallery owner or musician or actor, I believe you are born with that inside of you already. Could it be something left over from a past life? Who knows, but I believe the talent and drive are inside you from the day you are born. You really don’t just decide one day to be a painter or violin player. I believe that drive is always in you whether you pursue it right away or start that career later in life. Read more>>

Khiry Hines | Digital Artist & Producer

I’m still in pursue of my career artistically. I’m constantly trying to grow as the years go on. As time passes I learn things about art , people , places , cultures, etc. It’s always good to keep an open mind about and explore different mediums. So to answer the question I’m still on pursuit of an artistic career. Read more>>

Diego A. Infante | Artist & Storyteller

Creativity and the arts have always been a huge part of my life. The way creativity works for me is more like curiosity. I’ve always wondered about whether certain things could exist or how creations can be built from using the most random of my influences. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. But it’s always fun to visualize and bring them to life. As for the arts, it’s something that truly brings me happiness and satisfaction. I love learning new skills and practicing. I love going to art shows and talking to other artists about their work. And I love feeling challenged and underestimated. That’s when the fun part comes in. Read more>>

Shayna Tabaryai | CEO & Founder of Design Haus LA (Graphic Designer, Content Creator, Entrepreneur)

If I’m being honest, my parents told me that being an artist was not a realistic career choice. Since I was a rebellious child, I was driven to find my way around it. From a young age, I loved to draw, paint and get my hands on anything that allowed me to express myself. As technology was advancing, I became more tech savvy and I realized that I can turn my passion into a career. From that moment on, I decided I wanted to get my degree in Graphic Design. After graduating, my parents became my biggest support system and before I knew it, I landed my dream job working as a Graphic Designer for Fashion Nova. I already knew I could achieve anything I set my mind to and this was only the beginning for my creative career. Read more>>

Baelondra | R&B Artist

Ever since I can remember, i’ve been singing and writing songs. It’s something that I was born with and that I believe I was born to do. Read more>>

Kobesha Dubuisson | Certified Makeup Artist & Licensed Full Specialist

The reason I chose to pursue this type of career is pretty simple. I believe that this is what I was born to do. Ever since I could remember I was always drawn into anything creative from art projects, baking, and DIYs. This is what truly makes me who I am today. It has been my backbone, which is how I am able to get through the many good and rough times in my life. Read more>>

Jennifer Page | Founder, Infinite Muses & Creative Director, Studio Page Design

Since I was little I have always been creative. Lots of drawing, writing, dreaming, playing in the woods of Maryland. My mind works in the thurst for knowledge – history, science, art, animals, pyschology and I just love to get to know people and what they’re about – what makes them work. I’m a very introspective and deep thinker. Sometimes too much. But it’s really informed my writing skills and abilities over the years as well. I knew from an early age that I wanted my career to be in the arts. It’s lead me down a really interesting path. I went to Art School at the Corcoran College of Art & Design in Washington, DC. I decided to major in Graphic Design (2002) and I worked in design agencies in DC & VA for 10 years, then moved to Miami. I worked at many really unique places down here including The Bass Museum of Art as their Graphic Designer. I got to meet many local, national and international artists. Read more>>

Antonio Rivera III | I am Known as Tony From The Bronx | Boricua Boogaloo Soul Singer and Killer Blues Guitar Slinger all into ONE!

It was something innate within me. Since really young I always loved emulating the voices of singers, male and female alike. In fact probably more female singers because of their range….Aretha, Etta James, Diana Ross, Sade…my parents loved songs by each of those artists and their sound was angelic and awesome to me. So singing was definitely my first fascination, then fate intervenes when my grandfather gifts me a classical guitar at 12 years old. I plucked and toyed with it at first, not even knowing how to fret (change notes) LOL! I saw one Metallica video “Sad But True” on MTV and BAM…I was sucked in! It looked SO cool and those dudes looked like Rock Gods! (still are…shoutout to Metallica). Since that time way back when, i taught myself by any means necessary…and believe it or not, fate has ALWAYS opened the next chapter each step of my life…through the band mates I’ve met and are now family. Read more>>

Chelsea Granger | Artist/Illustrator

I pursued an artistic career because even when I tried other things it haunted me. I have been making art since I was a kid, and although I did go to college for art I didn’t believe it would be how I would make a good portion of my income. It has been scary and exhilarating to pursue art, to commit to my vision wholeheartedly, knowing art isn’t always valued. I will say, ‘pursuing an artistic career’ looks different for me than it might for others, I have always embraced taking on outside work that is not connected to my art practice but helps pay the bills. For me, this choice has helped me stay true and authentic to what I want to make. Art for me feels spiritual, after multiple major deaths in my life I have only become more committed to staying true to how I want to spend my time and energy while I am alive. So pursuing my artistic career feels like it is honoring life. Read more>>

Ktwo LeMew | Performer – Alternative Artist – Badass MF

The idea of having a *stable* or *office*-type of career never really sat well with me. When I was first going to school for my AA degree, I had a 9-5 M-F job to help pay the bills, but it was seriously eating away at my soul and creativity, not to mention my self-love. One day, I woke up and talked with a few friends, and decided to flip my life upside down. I bought a ticket to Burning Man, put in my two weeks notice, and said FUCK this *normal* lifestyle. At the time, I was gogo dancing here and there for fun, but when I got back from my trip out West, I decided to perform full-time. In between then and now, I have had random side jobs, but performing has always been my main source of happiness and income as well. It brings me so much fulfillment and satisfaction to be my truest self, and that is exactly what and who I am when I am performing on a stage. Read more>>