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.

Celine Alva | Actress

I was extremely shy growing up and wouldn’t really speak. So my elementary school teacher pushed me to audition for theatre to get me out of my shell. I had no idea what I was doing or how that choice changed my life and who I am completely. Theatre and Film not only became my escape but my therapy. The stage and set taught me how to express myself and gain confidence. I fell in love with telling stories and the art of it all. Read more>>

Jessica Weathersby | Traveling Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist

Growing up I was introduced to the beauty industry through my uncle Jose Camacho, owner of Camacho Hair Salon & Bear with Me Hair for kids salon. I would go to the salon and just be amazed at everything in there. Watching him as well with his clients was fascinating to me. I remember asking him “Tio, do you ever get tired?” He said, “Oh honey, when you love what you do you never get tired!” That response stuck with me throughout the years of growing up and while in high school there was talk about “What’s Next?” after senior year. Then, the planning began. I planned to go to cosmetology school and also college to pursue a business administrative degree. I wanted to learn the ins and outs of owning my own business as well as learning how to provide all beauty services. Read more>>

Lindsey Capron | Faith Blogger + Web Designer

I pursued an artistic/creative career because I firmly believe that’s my TRUE life’s calling. Even as a little girl, I just knew. My entire life has been exposed to “outside of the box” thinking where creative and artistic expression knows no bounds. I grew up in a household where artistic expression was encouraged. I even went to a performing arts school my entire life where I was able to explore what kind of creative I was, skills I was proficient in, and what I liked. After spending 10 years in pharmacy after graduating from high school, I knew that me pursuing an artistic career would make me feel more alive and free. I’m a creative. Always have been and always will be. Read more>>