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.

Maryanne Aguilar | Food Influencer & Digital Creator

I knew that I wanted to get into the creative field because I have always loved creating things, whether it’s making a physical or digital product. Having an idea and making it come to life is such a rewarding feeling for me. Read more>>

Crystal Sandoval | Lash Technician

I’ve always thought of myself as a creative person when it came to myself. I had that look, the nails, the lashes, the shoes & the hair so I thought why not try and attempt something I would enjoy doing. So I started lashing, I watched countless of start up videos, how to’s, and the end results and I was fascinated. Read more>>

Amelia Mirabello | Celebrity Wedding Makeup Artist & Licensed Esthetician

I struggled deeply with mental health in my teenage years. Deep down I knew that I was put here on Earth for a greater purpose. I realized that much of the life I was living was self serving and the only way to heal wounds from the past would be to help and serve others. Read more>>

Melissa Guertin | Artist & Yoga Instructor

I’ve always been told that being an artist could never be a real job, and for a while, I believed that. After politely squeezing myself into the mold everyone else asked me to, I found myself giving up on my education, working dead end jobs, and creating less and less till I reached a point of not creating at all. I decided that even though those people meant well, they were wrong, and that it’s is possible to do what you love for a living, even if it takes a while to fully achieve that goal. Read more>>

Luis Salazar | Artist

Two things: makes me feel like in an another dimension and can make people feel/ go to that dimension too. Read more>>