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.

Anita Dawson | Founder and Principal Designer of Dawson Design Group

I’ve been involved in the visual and performing arts since I was 5 or 6 years old. I concentrated on ballet and later joined Ballet West —a classical ballet company in Salt Lake City- as a professional dancer. Following that, I became an Arts Administrator for both dance companies and fine art museums. My experiences have definitely influenced my interior design style today. For one, I have an understanding of how people move through space, of line form and shape – and this inspires me to create not only beautiful homes, but places you want to live in. Read more>>

James and Jules Branaman | Videographers, Photojournalists and Editors, Producer, Drone Pilot

I always knew deep down I needed and wanted a creative career but I wasn’t sure how. In college, to help identify my work purpose I began taking elective courses and most were creative based, so I continued pursuing those creative possibilities and found photojournalism. I really just needed to get out of my own way and believe that I could thrive in a creative-based career and voila, here I am. James started college seeking a business degree and was literally falling asleep in his first economics class. Read more>>

Kenya Autie | Songwriter and Multi Grammy Winning Producer

I pursued an artistic career because I have been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. Music is a universal language and can have an impact on people because it conveys messages, not only through lyrics but also through other music elements such as key, rhythm, mood, etc. There have been times when pursuing a music career seemed impossible for me, and then something has happened, and an opportunity has opened up for me, and I have found myself immersed in the world of music again. I feel that producing music is not just a job but a mission: A responsibility I have first with myself, and then with the world. Read more>>

JIMIJAME$ | Artist, Songwriter, Composer, Creative Director & Music Producer

I wanted to invest in something that I’d love waking up to everyday. Read more>>

Adrian Crutchfield | Musician

I pursued an artistic career because I knew I was going to do my art regardless of everything else. So why not take the career path? This way, my art is the priority in my life when it comes to making a living. And even if I wasn’t making a living; I’m doing something I love and enjoy. Read more>>

Jessica Bosman | Soap & Candle Artisan

From a very young age I have always been creative. From painting to sculpting and even trying to come up with my own recipes for cooking. It has always brought me joy in creating works of art, even the scientific aspect behind some creations. Knowing that others enjoy my work just as much as I do, lights a fire inside me to continue to create. Read more>>

Nick Gates | Photographer and Digital Creator

I chose to pursue an artistic career because i love to create anything from music to photography. I love the moment when you are in your zone, with not a worry in the world, and just concentrating on the project at hand. I have been shooting photos since i was in high school which was only film and a dark room. I try to take photos that capture a feeling, look like a painting, and also don’t look like they were taken from the location they are at. Read more>>