Artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that their career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not easy and so we asked a few of the artists and creatives we admire to talk to us about why they chose to pursue an artistic or creative career.

Georgia Heesch | Photographer & Custom Artist

A career as a creative was never my intention. I worked tirelessly to get into a STEM and research oriented university all through high school, with my creative endeavors always on the back burner. Halfway through my three years at university, however, I realized that everything in my life was pushing me towards this creative path. The jobs and internships that were motivating rarely lied in the field I had originally intended to pursue. My friends and family were actively encouraging me to change paths, to stop fighting what they saw would make me happiest. Even my professors talked to me about opportunities in the arts. As soon as I came to this realization as well, everything flowed much more smoothly. Read more>>

Fernie Rosales | Hip-Hop Instructor/Dancer & Pickle, Passivate, & Electropolishing Specialists

I give the same answer every time I’m asked this question and it’s quite simple… it makes me happy! I don’t believe I’ve ever felt so much joy in my heart, well unless I’m in love but that’s only happened a handful of times. At first, this was not the journey I thought I was going to take, I wanted to be a veterinarian at first because of my love for animals. But then I saw the movies “Honey” and “You Got Served” and I was blown away! I was hooked to the point where I ended up memorizing every dance routine from both movies. Read more>>

Lady Blanca | Drag Performer

My interests in art was not something that I always gravitated towards. As a child I was often interested in geology and natural disasters. As a 5 or 6 year old, after school I would often finish my homework as soon as possible, so I could look up information on natural disasters and watch videos of tornadoes going through states. What a wicked way to start up my childhood. However, growing older, I found myself more inclined in the arts; music artists, Broadway musicals, dancing. It was the strong female musical influences that I grew up watching that inspired me to begin my drag career. Read more>>

OnlyChrisAng | Rapper/Singer & Housekeeper

I’ve always been drawn to the arts growing up. Grew up loving to read which fed into my love of wanting pursue filmmaking because I wanted others to see the images from words on the page, just expanding the imagination. In college I got into theater and fell into acting as a way to breakaway from myself but to also channel a lot of what I was going through at the time and it was a fun experience that slowly led me to delve into poetry where I would be able to showcase those stories and parts of myself I needed to get out. All this to say that this winding journey ultimately led to what I’m actively pursuing now and that’s as a singer/songwriter. Read more>>

Carlie Anne Aka stabdaddi | Tattooist

I’ve always found with tattooing I’m constantly being challenged to grow. Self-improvement reflects so strongly in art whether it is spiritual or physical simply by watching your craft develop into something greater than it was years previous. I never wanted to pursue something that made me feel stagnant and with so many different genres of art I’m convinced I’ll never have to face that. I also love how art can be appreciated by any walk of life and to share that with the world and to manifest a concept into something that someone gets to Cary with them for the rest of their life is incredibly special to me. Read more>>

Beth Shields | Abstract painter/gallery owner

I knew from my first remembered thought that I wanted to draw/paint/create something. I started as soon as I could hold a crayon! I have no idea where this desire came from; it was just always there and continues to be there every day at my present age of 73. My whole life has been arranged around this urge and need. If I can’t work for some reason for more than a few weeks, I get depressed and feel disconnected from my life force. So, literally, I pursued my life as a artist because there did not seem to be any other path for me to have a satisfying life. As to the business end, I have made a living as a fine artist for most of my life. Read more>>