A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Rebecca Storani | Ballet dancer

I did choose ballet at my very early age, but as something that made me feel full and happy already at 3 years old. Growing up i realized that was the art in ballet making me feel as good. Ballet is not just about technique, but it’s an art… we are actors, athletes, dancers giving emotions in roles, so that’s why artists. Rather than that i also like to spend my freetime painting, even though i’m not professional in that, it makes me feel creative, using colors and making me feel happy and free. I think art and creation is my world. Read more>>

Drew Deng (they/them) | Illustrator

Becoming a full-time artist happened somewhat by coincidence. Art has always been my favorite hobby, but I couldn’t imagine myself dedicating my entire life to it. On one hand I didn’t want to ruin my love for art, and on the other I didn’t think I’d be creative enough to constantly imagine new ideas. However as I grew in my skills and as a person, learning about different mediums, techniques, and life lessons made me curious about the world around me. I wanted to explore all the different methods of creation while adding my personal touch wherever I could. Read more>>

Skylar Carden | Mr. Oye the Music Producer and Songwriter

Honestly, for the simple fact that I truly love what I do. I always have. I’ve always had a passion for creating music and it has always been a mental release/outlet for me, whether it was beatboxing, writing song lyrics, or making beats in the studio. It wasn’t really until the last year or two that I truly considered this my career path. Read more>>

MJ Dowling | Artist

From an early age I was influenced by my mother’s artistic talents and my father’s passion for construction. My mother always enjoyed acrylic and watercolor painting and my father, an electrician by trade, really liked to build things. Given their influence, I was drawn to the study of Art and Architecture and pursued a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh. While at CMU, I also minored in Art and thoroughly enjoyed taking numerous classes in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Read more>>

Diego Jhazs | Singer songwriter, musician

I’ve always been into music and art, since I’m a little kid. I remember singing my favorite’s bands songs over and over again while I was in kindergarten. I took the decision to pursue an artistic career because music is what makes my heart pumped, it transcend the meaning of passion, It’s more like a lifestyle Read more>>

Kamla-Kay McKenzie | Agency Signed Model, Model & Posing Coach

Ever since I was a child, I always wanted to become a model. But life happened and I did what felt like the responsible thing (for me) to do. I went to University, got my Master’s Degree, and then worked a little in corporate doing advertising and marketing. I loved the company I worked for and enjoyed the creative aspect of my career. But that desire to pursue my modeling started to creep up again. I had been doing some small modeling gigs here and there during college and while working full time. However, after some years, it became very apparent that my heart was more driven for my love of modeling than being inside of an office space. The blessing was that whether it was advertising or modeling, Read more>>