Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Victoria Noelle Vitanza | Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

Simply because it’s a part of who I am, not just a career choice. The one thing I remember most about my upbringing is that my parents always encouraged our hobbies and creativity by showing constant support for our passions. From my younger years of sketching models in my note pad to eventually graduating onto more complex croquis drawings at FIT in Manhattan, I always knew my destiny was for fashion and style. My love for art transcribed into the world of Cosmetology during my early 20’s, thus following in the footsteps of my mother who was also a hair stylist for Vidal Sassoon during the 1980’s. I believe that if you enjoy what you do for work, you will never work a day in your life. There is not a day that goes by that I forget to show my appreciation of my teachings from past mentors by showing it within the work and service I provide for my clientele. For them, it’s a gorgeous fresh look. For me, its a satisfaction that takes me to that same feeling of passion I had as a child. Read more>>

Dimana Zaharieva | Artist

I do not think there has ever been another alternative for me. I have always been driven by the desire to create. To be completely honest, the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a magician, and I guess becoming an artist is second best to that. I have had wild and exceptionally vivid dreams ever since I can remember, which brought about this fascination with the possibility of alternate worlds and realities. Representing them through art allows me to bring them to life outside of my subconscious and to share them with other people. As a visual thinker, I have never been good with words. Expressing myself through visual art always felt more natural. Growing up in Bulgaria also contributed to my maturing interest in art. I was surrounded by local art that is very culturally endemic, but also had the privilege to easily travel around Western Europe and familiarize myself with the ‘canon,’ as well as art that subverts or transcends it. Read more>>

Kylie Turner | Creative Director and Branding Agent

Pursuing a creative career path was less of a conscious choice and more of a natural progression for me. In my early twenties, I was bursting with ideas and would pitch them to anyone who would listen. Eventually, I ended up taking matters into my own hands and launching my creative services to various small businesses in Southern California. It took time, but soon enough I was able to build a sustainable roster of clients who saw the value in my work. The thing about happy clients is that they create a snowball effect, especially when working in niche markets such as hospitality or fashion. Since then, I haven’t looked back. Read more>>

Diana Luckysova | Sculpture Artist

I have always been artistically inclined, but didn’t pursue the artistic career until I moved to the US from Ukraine 15 years ago. For a while I treated it as such – a career; going from a relatively successful professional photography field, into commission painting and finally maturing into becoming a sculptor. It’s been a long process to realize the only way, for me personally, to stay truly passionate and loyal to my art is to actually stop viewing it as a career. I have compartmentalized my life into various aspects and the art no longer falls under the financial category. I simply do it, because it is my legacy, something beautiful I want to leave behind for the world to see. I know I will do it for the rest of my life, simply because I love it and not doing it is not an option. I don’t care if it sells. When it does sell, I smile. I take it as a compliment. Read more>>

Virginie Mazureau | Fine Artist

Creativity was something that came naturally for me growing up, and my family has always supported and awakened me to Art. Going from still life drawing to painting and sculpting or discovering ballet lessons to acrobatic classes…I have always been surrounded by inspirational artistic influences, and creative path was obvious to me. It was an interior design degree I obtained in Paris, the city deeply and intrinsically influenced by Arts, that led me to pursue a dream a few years later: to be a painter, which I still am today. Read more>>

Sammy Bel Mar | Singer/Songwriter & Producer

I’m not so sure that I chose my artistic career as much as it found its way to me. I’ve always had the music bug in me since I can remember. Growing up with a hairbrush in hand and turning whatever else I could find into a makeshift microphone was my childhood. It was how I expressed myself and learned that music was something I wanted by my side forever. Through the years, I sang in choirs and learned how to play a couple instruments, but It wasn’t until sophomore year of college that I took my own passion for songwriting seriously. I created connections with individuals that shared the same interests and goals as me and I’m a strong believer in the power of environments. My bubble was solely music. Whether it was the business side of the music industry or the artistic side, everyone I had contact with was hellbent to thrive in the world of music and I think that really inspired me to pursue this creative career in my free time. Read more>>

Jackson Wagner | Singer / Songwriter

From a very early age I was aware that I wanted to be a musician and pursue a creative career. I was greatly influenced by songwriters like Bob Dylan and John Prine and remain in awe of their story-telling abilities. Over the years, I have worked to find my voice as a songwriter, leading me to many different genres and styles. My upcoming project exemplifies this variety, as it showcases my blues and Americana roots while incorporating elements of folk and alternative rock. Music has always been a major part of my life and it only makes sense that my career choice would reflect that. Read more>>

Terrance Carter | Creative Artist & Mentor

I chose to pursue an artistic career because it is my way of giving back and uplifting my community and others all across the world. There are many reason within me that motivate me to share my life story to help motivate the next person to believe in themselves and follow their true calling in this lifetime. Read more>>

Andrea Macasadia | Architecture Student / Designer + Illustrator

For as long as I could remember making things and adding pieces of my creative style anywhere I could, whether it be overdoing it in a PowerPoint for class or overdressing to go to the grocery store, it all brought me so much joy and I felt so fulfilled. I truly believe I couldn’t have taken any other path other than that of a creative career. My earliest memory of the actual starting point leading to a creative career was when I was 5. My parents set up an art gallery themed party for my 5th birthday showcasing all my random drawings and paintings I’ve made over the years. It made me so happy that I got to make as many pieces as I wanted to fill the walls in our house. Looking back at it I am so grateful to have had my parents nurture my creative tendencies at such a young age. By then I knew I had the potential to be an artist of sorts. Read more>>

Mia Sera | Singer/Songwriter

I came out of the womb warming up my vocals, and I’ve been singing ever since. When I was 15, I went to a singer’s retreat. I got jealous when I heard some of the other singers performing original songs and I didn’t have any. So I went home, learned how to play guitar by watching YouTube videos, and started writing songs. Nothing else made me feel as passionate and as understood as music did. Even though some people told me that it was unrealistic, pursuing music as a career was a natural choice for me. God has blessed me with the gift of music and a very clear purpose to connect to people with the same passion and love that I felt when I listened to my favorite songs. Read more>>

Eduardo aka INZO Garduno | Abstract Artist

Being artistic gives me the platform to express myself from painting to fashion . I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. I’ve always been creative since a child, It brings peace and joy and feeds my soul. I feel art is one of the things that brings people together , I wanted to be part of that, Art surrounds our daily life. Read more>>