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.

Jairo Guerrero | Electronic Music Artist, Producer & Sound Explorer

The correct question would be why I decided to develop myself artistically or creatively? The artistic and the creative are gifts with which you are born, they live in you, asleep, until you allow yourself to wake up in your vocation, to begin to walk that way. It has to do with “being true to oneself”, without fear of disengaging from the status quo that often dictates family, environment or fear. Read more>>

Analisa Reynoso | Content Creator

Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to spend my time entertaining people. I loved seeing people laugh and smile at the things I was doing. I was always the class clown that would get straight A’s on her report cards, but under the behavior section the teacher would write “Great student, but she talks a lot in class”. The feeling I get when someone loves a video I made on TikTok or laughs at a joke I tell on stage, it’s like a drug. Read more>>

David Gonzalez | Photographer

For me, it was the true freedom to be whatever kind of artist/creative you want to be. I really fell in love with the idea that you can go out and create your own style, be unique. Read more>>

Amelie Miceli | Mad Mystic of Beverly Hills

Oh it has pursued me! We are all creators, you can deny its call, but it will only keep calling. Embracing it can emerge in so many ways, and not every creative endeavor has to lead to a pay check and they shouldn’t. But when it all clicks into place – you can feel the perfection explode.   I am a writer.  Read more>>

Guy Morris | Author of intelligence action-thrillers

There is a growing trend in America of retired individuals stepping on the gas to accelerate into a final act, or commonly called a third act career. I started work at age 12 working with migrant workers on Southern California chicken ranches. I enjoyed a 36-year Fortune 100 professional career to retire at age 62, but I wasn’t done. To be fair, like many successful people, I have a dysfunctional relationship with leisure time. Read more>>

Kohei Owatari | garden designer and stone artist

I have always been fascinated with the patterns of nature, particularly the flow of fluids. I am a pilot, a kayaker, and plant collector. I am thrilled to see beautiful patterns in the natural world. I see wind create movement of clouds and movement of leaves and branches in trees. Water ripples and flows down streams and rivers, then creates marvelous waves in lakes and oceans. Read more>>

Ricardo Reyes | Founder of Rey Roi

I always wanted to create something in my life that could make an impact on people and myself. I did not know what could’ve been, but I found a certain passion for clothing and revolutionizing fashion. I have a vison and ambitions that I discovered taking this path and creating my brand which gives me motivation on to keep growing and take name of Rey Roi within the best ones in the world. Read more>>

Heather Pease | Spoken Word Artist, Curator & Host of OC Speakeasy

I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, but writers don’t make a good living, so I got my degree in business and have spent 20+ years recruiting engineering talent for tech companies. That pays the bills but poetry is the only thing that makes me feel alive and full. Read more>>

Dréa Van Allen | Harmonicist, Singer, Songwriter, Music Teacher, and Organic Winery Manager

I chose to pursue being a music artist, songwriter, teacher, and musician because it is what makes me come alive; my soul can finally really speak and I get to be me and express the me that is hidden otherwise. I feel most at home when I’m on stage doing what I do best, I love to connect with the audiences and be unapologetically authentic and transparent in my message and the delivery of my music. Read more>>

Katrina Belleza | Professional Organizer & Stylist

Being creative has always been a part of who I am, it is what makes me happy. I naturally gravitated towards a creative career because if I wasn’t doing anything creative I would find every excuse not to do it. Read more>>

Rachelle Madrid | Hairstylist

A: My name is Rachelle Madrid, also known as OCHairQueen! I’ve been a hair stylist for 17 years. I studied at Vidal Sassoon, and did my apprenticeship at Jose Eber in Beverly Hills. One cannot have a more creative or artistic profession than styling hair, and I feel blessed to have chosen such a creative endeavor as a lifelong career. Read more>>

Robert Waldo Brunelle JR | Painter, sculptor, book illustrator, political cartoonis

I had no choice. I was born an artist. I’ve been creating artwork since I was a toddler. Read more>>