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.

Marina Renée Hogue Nuñez | Soprano & Singing Actor

We’ve all heard the saying, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” That’s how I feel about pursuing a career in the arts. As a classical singer, I get the privilege to serve as the interpreter and teller of people’s stories. I love being able to transport someone into a different world, give a different perspective, or provide some solace and joy even if for a moment. For me, all the work that goes into being able to do that is just plain fun! Why would I want to do anything else. Read more>>

Chris Via | Reader, Book Reviewer & YouTuber

I have been in Information Technology, specifically software and web development, since I was 15 (I am now 36). While there is room for creativity in my day-job, it is bereft of the creative freedom I get in my literary pursuits. I have been a lifelong reader but a course on self and society in literature during my B.A. gripped me in a way I could not shake. Before I walked for my undergraduate diploma I was already taking graduate classes in literature and writing. Reading and thinking about literature is not just something I do in my spare time to decompress from work, although that is a dimension of it–as Novalis said: “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” Literature, for me, is a way of life, and I am impelled to share it with people. When I first started the YouTube channel in the summer of 2019 I had no idea there would be so many people interested in the books I love. Now, as time presses on and new subscribers show up every day I find the creative possibilities endless. Read more>>

Sophia Wong | Artist

Art has always been a part of me or in my life in some way. I feel that we all have a calling of what we are to do in the world and following my path as an artist is what I believe has been mine. It’s not the traditional or easiest career, but I think it is important to no matter what, courageously show up for yourself and listen to your truth. Art has been my greatest teacher and partner in my journey to do so. I have immense gratitude that through art, I am able to connect with others and have a voice to express what is meaningful to me. Read more>>