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.

Matt Stenberg  | Artist

I’m fascinated with the idea that one can create something from nothing that has never before existed. From a blank page can come infinity. It’s about freedom and possibilities. Read more>>

Zack Mack | Cinematographer, Editor, Director, Photographer & Business Owner

In all honestly I just fell into an artistic and creative career. I didn’t even think about it as being artistic or creative until much later down the line. I was just a kid skateboarding with my friends, who happened to have a camera and a lot of those friends became professional skateboarders. So, then I would film my friends and sell the videos to their sponsors and it just kept growing from there. It all just fell into place very organically looking back at it. Read more>>

Jane Linter | Producer=Director and Brand Integration Expert

Both of my parents were in the entertainment industry. My father was a jazz musician and my mother was a dancer. They met in musical theater. I guess you could say it was in my DNA. I grew up in a very theatrical creative environment and knew from about 5 years old that I wanted to be either a performer or an artist because I was passionate about drawing music and dancing. It was in my blood and I felt driven to the arts. Read more>>

Tim Yeager | Photographer

Having worked a range of jobs, from bus boy to dish washer to corporate office jobs, the appeal of self expression and working for myself on my own terms seemed like a natural fit. I’ve always felt like a creative person so being able to weave that into my job was also an exciting prospect. Read more>>

HLLNDR |  Singer-Songwriter

Creativity is something that consumes the artist. It’s a never ending desire that begs to be fulfilled, and once fulfilled, only begs of you more. Since I was a young girl, I felt this constant longing to create and to tap into ways of expression. I loved music, I loved poetry, I loved the connection I felt in a room where both of those were present- and out of that brought forth my obsession with what I do being a singer-songwriter. Read more>>

Migrant Motel | Sexy Rock for Your Next Tinder Date

I think we honestly see a hole within the rock scene for the music we make… We love artists like K Flay, Royal Blood, Oliver Tree, etc. but there’s also tons of stuff that sounds dated, isn’t very innovative, and just straight up bores us. We’re honestly just trying to create the music that we wish we could listen to, and can’t find elsewhere. Read more>>

Kathy Comer | Landscape and Portrait Photographer

Photography is my passion! I love capturing a beautiful San Diego sunset at one of our beautiful beaches and lakes! I started photography late in life. My father was a fantastic photographer who won many awards, so I think it’s in my blood! I did phone photography first and that hooked me and I then upgraded to a DSLR camera. Now I can’t stop shooting! I love creating beautiful images that others would love to see! Read more>>

Boa Mistura | Urban Artist Team

We chose to be artists because we love to modify reality in surprising ways. We usually translate local identities into pieces that communicate straight with the inhabitants as they are located in the public space. Through these pieces, we would like to show the people what daily life is with a pair of new eyes to wake our critical thinking up through these pieces. Read more>>

Jonathan Kordich | Concept Artist & Illustrator

I often hear the answers of people that are asked this question and giggle a bit to myself. The amount of people that proclaim that they ‘didn’t have a choice’ is a little silly. I fully understand the sentiment, but it just seems cliche at this point. All of my friends that I grew up with became engineers and programmers; it’s possibly that I could have tried that out too, god only knows. There’s no single reason as to why I became an artist, but I started at an early age, stopped, then reconnected with it again during college. I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a position where I can pursue my career without being bogged downs by bills and debt at an early age. Ultimately, I can continue pursuing my career probably due to the sheer amount of people that have the ‘didn’t have a choice’ mindset. Read more>>

Napoleon Doom | Owner of Lucid Nap Productions

I feel like all my life, everyone else has been on this wavelength I just couldn’t tap into. It seemed that in everything I attempted, no matter how hard I tried, or how much effort I put in, the end result was invariably me being lambasted for doing something wrong and ruining things for everyone. There were so many things everyone innately knew, yet I didn’t, and I couldn’t seem to learn. I did learn at an early age to just make myself malleable and compliant. I just placated other people’s will, because I had learned that anything I might contribute would be wrong and destructive. In my school life, relationships and career, I just suppressed all aspects of my self and obeyed. People still remarked about how weird, creepy or disgusting I was. Read more>>

Andreea Jamotillo | Culinary Artist & Writer

When deciding what to do with my life, it was a no-brainer – I wanted to do something I was passionate about and that was fun. Creating tiny delicious works of art wasn’t necessarily the first thing that sprang to mind, but my roads have led me here and I’m so grateful to be doing what I do. Read more>>

Oleg Tsank | Fine Artist & Oil Painter

Ever since I’ve picked up a drawing pencil аnd the artist’s brush, I developed an unshakable interest in fine art. I know that my close friends usually think that art begins by looking at a painting, but for me it was different. I enjoyed the creative process and that is what took me on this adventure in my life. At first, when I was in elementary school, art did not have the same attraction. I was given an ordinary colored pencil and told, no, ordered, to draw when given a prompt, and this left me utterly uninspired. Only when I began to sculpt did the experience stoke a fire in my soul. From there I moved towards oil painting, which is also a very tactile experience. In those early years, drawing and painting became indispensable to me, so I focused my attention on art exclusively. Read more>>