We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Zavia Empey | CEO of Zavia Walker and English Teacher

Ever since I was little, I’d dress up in my mom’s and older sister’s clothes and be modeling all over the house. Haha. I have always been creative and use to draw all over my notebooks in school. In 2013, while living in Jamaica, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune illness and navigating it brought on a lot of stress. Read more>>

Cristina Núñez | Painter

There are three factors that together have made me pursue a creative career. First, I have a very bad memory. It is very difficult for me to retain information, so it is not useful for me to store data. Read more>>

Latisha Young Jasmine Whitehurst | Content Creator & Social Media Influencer

Jas and I realized that we were both at a point in life where we wanted to explore our creative side. We both have careers that can sometimes lack in the creative department. Read more>>