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.

Kai Diaz | Designer

Actually, growing up, I didn’t think I could make a career from being creative. I thought that the salary was the deciding factor of what career choices I had. Not to say that designers or artists can’t be financially successful, but professions such as doctors, lawyers, engineers were a more lucrative choice. As I grew wiser, my perception and definition of success changed. I pursued a career in a creative industry because I knew it would bring me great joy to use my creativity to put food on my table. It also brings me joy when I see the brands that I’ve worked with grow. I love seeing my work out in the wild. Read more>>

Omar Lopex | Filmmaker

A mix of narcissism, stubbornness & aversion to steady income all had a hand in directing me towards this Path to Glory which we collectively call “The Arts”. Read more>>

Dan Malabuyo | Visual Explorer

I chose to pursue an artistic or creative career path because it has been in my bloodline. My mother and father are in the music arts and my mother did portrait illustrations. I then followed her footsteps at a young age. When I hit Highschool, photography and videography became a strong interest of mine as most of my friends got in to skateboarding and took part in filming and photographing this extreme sport. Ever since then I became more intrigued with the craft but never placed it on the forefront of my future goals. Instead, my career went towards the graphic design industry. After 15 years in this career and experiencing many ups and down working from a slew of industries, I realized that this rollercoaster ride will most likely not be sustainable. Read more>>

Brae Wyckoff | Director

Everyone one of us has a choice in life. Some of us have chosen the wrong assignment they were called to. I chose writing. It took me a while to get there, meaning, I did the corporate career job until finally submitting to the call in my life to be a full-time writer. I left the large sum of money in the career to be the professional author I dreamed about. I have written and published seven books now. I have won awards. I have sold thousands of copies. I have spoken to the masses on stage. All of that type of success is dribble compared to the messages I have received from my work. “I literally just started reading this and I am inspired to tears!” “This is a book that will truly grasp you straight from the beginning and leave you in wonder as you ponder yourself and your place in the world.” “Christian Fantasy Stuff is rare! But good Christian Fantasy Stuff is even more rare!” Read more>>

Cassie Valenciano | Business Owner, Marketing & Social Media

I’ve always had a creative side growing up but I never imagined I would be doing something in a creative field. I always thought it was in the family bloodline to become a Nurse. So out of high school, that’s the route I decided to take. One day on a clinical, I was about to gown up to see a med-surge patient and it was in that moment, I realized I was meant for a different path. I had to break the news to my parents that I wanted to pursue something in the arts and I have not regretted that decision since. I knew pursuing a career in a creative environment would ultimately mean I would be do something I love everyday. To me that is living the dream- If you love what you do, it will never feel like work. And that’s how I currently feel. I feel blessed to be doing what I’m passionate about every single day. Read more>>

Ted Washington | Artist

I tried to do other things but nothing could erase my desire to pursue my visions, to have my voice. The joy I get from doing art made the prospect of failure acceptable. Fortunately that joy is also fueled by a desire for perfection. There will never be the perfect piece but the works created in that pursuit grow and evolve, and some have even turned out good. Read more>>

Conner Thomerson | Audio Engineer

Music has always been an essential thing in my life. The whole process of making a record is a fantastic experience if you do it with the right group of people. I chose an artistic career because the thought of making music that potentially better/help someone’s day is a big enough accomplishment for me. Furthermore, the music community is just a safe place; ANYONE is welcome, no judgment, no negativity, only people bettering and helping one another to become the best that they can be. Read more>>