We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Elizabeth Kosowesky | Photo Retoucher & Photographer

Ever since I was younger I was always into art. I can’t say my stick figures were anything to brag about but when I was younger buying a disposable Kodak camera was always so exciting. Back then using film always gave you the excitement on how the images would turn out after they were developed which I believe is when I started getting interested in photography. In middle school I was fortunate enough to have a photographer come into the school to teach a photography class where we shot with film, developed, and then used Photoshop. Read more>>

Jonny Miller | 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵 & 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘬 𝘚𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳

I am a highly sensitive, extremely expressive person. Art and music have always been a part of me. I exist to make art and I feel so deeply that I don’t know how I would get by without singing or expressing myself somehow. If we didn’t live in this economic system I would not be concerned with profit and I would sing and make art all day. Though it’s difficult to constantly figure out a way to monetize these skills, the alternative is spending all day with a song in my heart that goes unsung, and that is a life not worth living. That would be the suffocation of my soul. Read more>>

Tiffany Kelterer | Photographer

It didn’t start out that way; I spent 10 years in various marketing roles. I believe I was drawn to marketing in the first place because it has an artistic nature to it. I loved the strategy and campaign design, but I constantly found myself interested more in how the campaign imagery looked and felt burned out. Photography has always interested me, but I rarely picked up my camera outside of documenting vacations. After I had my son, my interest was sparked again as I tried my best to document all his milestones while home on maternity leave. I quickly noticed I was rarely in photos with him and that this was a common complaint with other moms. Queue the ‘aha’ moment. Read more>>

Kendall Olivia | Designer & Clothing Stylist

It’s the only thing I feel like I know how to do. It comes naturally to me and it makes me happy! Read more>>

KaeVibes | Singer/Songwriter

“I decided to pursue a creative career because I absolutely love music and the freedom one can take when creating it. Growing up,I bit my tongue a lot because I didn’t want to get in trouble or be viewed a certain way so I haven’t always felt heard when I speak but I have learned that people listen when I sing, so I decided to say what I needed to in song form. When it comes to songwriting and artistry I can put those words into a song without worrying about repercussions. Music is a form of therapeutic expression and I get to be as free and creative as I want. Read more>>

Carly Fraizer | Owner & Designer of Steele Swallow Bikini

The main reason I chose to have a creative career is the simple fact that I get to share and inspire through my creations. The whole process of having an idea and bringing it to life is super amazing and fun! Given the opportunity everyone, I believe should embrace some sort of creative process every now and again. Having a creative career can be challenging at times but it is ultimately the best reward when someone else is just as stoked about your creations as you are. Read more>>

Larisa Burton | Henna Artist & Jewelry Designer

It’s what fulfills me no matter what’s happening in the world. Art has always been my outlet for expressing myself. I’m grateful it can also be my job. Read more>>