Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Dexter II & Cami Burnom | Artists & Designers

I think pursuing a creative career came naturally to us because art, design and the creative process have always been a big part of anything we’ve ever done together. I’m not sure anything else would really stick. Creating art is something we both love, so I think it was vital that we made a career of it. Otherwise, it may have always just been a big distraction in our lives. Read more>>

Jena Noveras | Actor & Filmmaker

I think art has the ability to give us a safe space to experience all the good, and bad, that life has to offer. Take for example Joe Wright’s 2005 film Pride & Prejudice; I will never be a middle class woman in Regency-era England, but I do know what it’s like to be a woman who sometimes lets prejudices cloud her judgement. And seeing Lizzy Bennett go through her journey of letting go of her own ideas of people and taking the time to really understand Mr.Darcy, gave me that space to go through that with her Read more>>

Henry Finch | Portrait Photographer, Retoucher and Visual Artist

Honestly, it’s just what I’ve always been best at for whatever reason. I fell backwards into photography from trying to be a singer/songwriter. I still write music on the side but the initial reason I purchased my first DSLR was because I wanted to start filming quality guitar covers and start a YouTube channel. which was short lived. After that I just thought myself “Well, I have this camera I might as well get some used from it.” After some shoots with a friend of mine that was into modeling it kinds just grew on me and I also realized there was money to be made from it. Read more>>

Lauren McCoy | Content Creator

In this world, we are taught from a young age to follow structure. From being in grade school and following the line leader, to following the path of going to college and then working the rest of your life away to be able to afford to pay off the debt you have in order to even get that education in the first place. We are told by society what to do, how to do it, when to do it, where to do it, and to not speak against it. I remember being in art class in high school, a class meant to help you have the freedom to express yourself, and was told I was doing my art the wrong way since it wasn’t a cookie cutter replica image of what the teacher had shown,Read more>>

Amber Valley” Evangelista | Portrait Photographer & Creative Director”

When I was little, like all kids, I was asked the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” After realizing being a princess wasn’t in the cards for me, I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I was lucky enough to have parents who were supportive of my artistic pursuit, they believe in my talent. My mom had me in art lessons since grade school and I was always experimenting with new mediums from paint, charcoal, mixed media, to photography. When I started working, I made it imperative that I worked in the creative field. Read more>>

Caileigh Blake-Christo | Creative Designer & Mental Health Advocate

Art has always been a big part of my life; I love consuming the creativity of others as well as making something of my own. It’s inspiring to see the unique visions, whether visually, audibly, or a combination of the senses, and be welcomed into such a vulnerable space of someone else’s creation. For me, I love sharing my perspective, sometimes collaborating with others, in hopes of promoting joy, starting conversations, and enriching the lives of others. I have a degree in Graphic Design and love problem solving in a creative way to visually portray a message. Read more>>

Cecilia Hone | Musician, Teacher & Producer

I actually can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know I wanted to pursue music as my career. I have always been drawn to music and the creation process of it. At 7 years old I begged my parents to buy me a piano and ever since then I knew music was always going to be a major part of my life. Read more>>

Dominik Krzanowski | Magician, creator & inventor.

I pursued an artistic creative career because I am artistic and creative. I grew up around my dad’s work in the film industry, He was working with Jim Henson and George Lucas creating amazing creatures and characters. Henson and Lucas created worlds and I was attracted to that. I wanted to be a magician and have my own world that my character would inhabit. It’s been incredibly rewarding, but also frustrating. I have to work, I don’t make enough money performing, yet, so I just took to the creative stuff like directing, lighting and magic prop building because I could get work doing that. I really enjoy lighting, Read more>>

Katy Burk | Small Business Owner and Performer

It’s always been the only option to me, I’ve always loved and excelled at music, art, crafts and more. I grew up singing and dancing and training to be a performer, and I still sing in a couple of bands, dance when my body will allow and when I have time to go to a class. I pushed myself a lot as a dancer because I wasn’t super skinny, so I had to make sure I was in the top of my classes and ended up with some injuries that never quite healed because I did things like dance in pointe shoes on a fractured ankle, so while that makes dancing now difficult and not something I can do all the time, I still do it when I can because I love it. Read more>>

Diamond Rodriguez | Makeup Artist

I’ve never been the Monday-Friday, 9-5, mundane routine. I could not thrive in a career where I’d be behind a cubical for the rest of my life talking work place gossip with coworkers. I thrive in an environment that allows me to express myself creatively and share that passion with others. Makeup has allowed me to connect with people beyond a customer service interaction and truly make a difference in their life by evoking confidence! That’s why I choose this career everyday, because I know this career allows me to not only connect with people all around the world, but I get to make people feel good, look good, and (hopefully) become more confident. Read more>>

Fia Raboy | Travel Photographer & Digital Content Creator

I have been pursuing a creative career because I have realized that it makes me smile about myself and life. I remember excitedly drawing and coloring well starting at about 4 to 5 years old, and my parents would be proud of me having artistic talents at that age. Ever since I’ve held any kind of camera, I would get internally excited taking meticulous shots. I was choosy how to take pictures because I did not want to waste film or megabytes! Eventually I went to college initially for arts – until I chose to be influenced by an ex-lover who said “art won’t give you that much money.” Read more>>