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.

Eddie deAngelini | Writer/Artist of the comic strip Collectors

Since a young age, I’ve always found my happiness in being creative. When you’re young, there’s no thought about making a living from it, just the pure desire of expressing yourself in your creations. As an adult, I lost that pureness and chose a career path of financial stability. When I started writing and drawing my comic strip Collectors ten years ago, I realized personal happiness will always be more important that being safe. Read more>>

Karen Vargas Letkemann | Full-Time Couples Photographer

Some of my earliest childhood memories include playing with makeup, playing dress up and being excited to perform. I always, always thought I would grow up to be a singer, poet, actress, dancer- you name it. If it was creative and artistic, I wanted it. Any opportunity that I came across where I could feature something creative was an opportunity I took growing up; even if I now cringe at the memory of some of my veryyy cheesy performances. Read more>>

DWJ | Writer / Blogger

I had always known that my PURPOSE is writing. I wish I could explain why I was even trying to pursue a career in law when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. Perhaps the whole enchilada of ‘practicality’ that was shoved down my throat by the society. After giving it a few precious years I walked away from a semi established career as a paralegal that felt toxic and I decided to travel. Read more>>

The Detours | Classic Rock Band

Every band member in The Detours was raised in a musically orientated household so we were brought up listening to lots of music. All of our parents loved classic rock so we listened to a lot of that genre growing up. Read more>>

Ekaterina Gorbacheva | Photographer / videographer & musician

To be honest, I don’t think I ever had a choice. Repetitive actions put me to sleep or force my mind to wander, and even in a non creative job per se, I would always focus on problem solving, differences, starting things up, finding unique approaches and solutions; I would work best when presented with a challenge of finding a new path and it’s the most creative thing if you ask me. Read more>>

Johnny Summers | Vocalist | Trumpeter | Composer | Director of the Calgary Jazz Orchestra

That’s a good question, I think the answer is pretty strait ahead, I simply didn’t have a choice if I was listening to myself. Read more>>