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.

Jamie Brenstuhl | Senior Graphic Designer/Photographer

I knew from a young age that I wasn’t going to have a career in numbers/math, which narrowed down my choices a bit. But seriously, I showed some talent early on in my art classes and found myself always wanting to draw/paint. My whole family is super creative and involved in the arts, so I was always supported and surrounded by art from a very young age. I participated in summer art programs year after year and knew I would major in Fine Art after my high school senior year. Most of your life is spent at your job, so I always knew that my career had to be something I loved and didn’t always feel like “work.” Everything you see and are drawn towards is normally created by someone: an inspirational Nike ad, a painting in a museum, and a beautifully curated space. Read more>>

Elie Kennedy | Artivist for Suicide Prevention

I started my artistic journey through the most traumatic event of my life. I had lost my son, Anthony to suicide on July 13, 2015 he was 29. I’ve never experienced a loss from suicide in my life. While trying to process the fresh emotions going on through my heart, mind and soul. My husband and I went to our favorite family beach spot. I brought some nail polish to maybe do something normal for myself and paint my nails on the beach. I found myself painting rocks and creating a huge memorial with the rocks for my son. We came back weeks later, and my husband said there’s one of your rocks. I exclaimed, “No way! They got washed away.” I looked down and sure enough there was the one of many rocks still there. It was the one that said ANT with the red heart on it. Read more>>

Deron Cohen: Teaching Artist

I have loved to draw and make art since I was very young. I seemed to have an aptitude for it; my friends asked me to make drawings for them and my parents were always supportive of me pursuing art. No one ever said it would be easy, but I had enough confidence to try to make a career out of what I love. It still continues to be a struggle, but I have never regretted my decision. Read more>>

The Natural Supernatural | Band in Echo Park

Pursuing an artistic career became, at some point for all of us, more of a personal necessity than a choice. Music especially allows us to reach into a secret ineffable reality and give it form. It constantly gives us the chance to learn, communicate, and express ourselves. Getting to share the joy of music on a regular basis? The answer was inherent to the question. It’s the meaning to the best parts of life. Read more>>