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.

Kate Kelton | Artist, Photographer & Model

Did I have much of a choice? ;} My mother’s a painter, sculptor and photographer; her aunt a world renowned photographer; her father a painter; my father was a painter, architect and photographer; his father was an engineer and photographer; HIS father was an architect, sculptor, painter and engineer! So it’s a little embarrassing, this wealth and breadth of unending artistic lineage. Busts of my great-grandfather on hotels in Prague, pictures of the central train station he designed on every manhole cover… I did get admitted into the University of Toronto’s acclaimed Architecture program like my father before me, but there was a recession in the 90’s and the going joke was, “What does an architect say to their client?” “Would you like fries with that?” Since nothing was being built, I decided on Film School instead seeing as during the Great Depression people still needed to believe in some kind of escape and films seemed to do pretty well. Read more>>

Kathy Crabbe | Soul Reader & Artist

I followed my intuition which led me straight to a creative, artistic career! Plus, more importantly I learned to trust my intuition, beginning with dreaming. I always wanted to ‘live creatively’ as I told my grandfather when I was 13, but I didn’t really think it was possible until I met my husband, a Southern California architect who convinced me it was! So I trusted, I listened, I made wise choices and I pursued my artistic, intuitive dreams. I moved to California from Montréal, Canada and very quickly became a full time artist and soul reader in the process. Being an artist AND a soul reader, spirit medium, astrologer is a way to combine my desire to be of service with my creativity and my intuition. As women, especially we need to learn how to trust our intuition, something that is knocked out of us by society and the capitalist mentality that says competition and getting ahead, worshiping the god of money is the answer to all prayers. I have learned how to tune in to the voice of my ancestors who tell me that there is a better way to be; a better way to connect with the world and to be of service. Read more>>

Kelley Wojcik | Zumba Fitness Instructor & Creative Designer

Having a successful career was a goal that every high school student was striving for, right? But not for all of us and definitely not for me. Just the thought of working five days a week at a cold, gloomy boring office felt really wrong to me. Looking back on things, I think, never really knowing exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up landed me exactly where I was supposed to be! Back in high school I remember liking specific job traits but never found an actual career path I wanted to follow. After finishing most of my general degree classes at a Junior College, I decided to take a break. I didn’t know what to study next. I felt like my career path was blocked. I moved to a different state and somehow by the grace of God landed an opportunity to work in a retail pharmacy as a technician, which would then later grandfather over in to the state of California as a Certified Pharmacy Technician License! My “career” kind of just fell into my lap. I worked in many different pharmacies for over a period of 16 years. My job paid well for a single person, but I realized this career path wasn’t at all what I had imagined. Read more>>

Samantha Sapphire | Performance Artist / Seamstress / Stagehand

I followed my heart in pursuing a creative career because when I tried to think of working a job solely for financial gain whether or not it was within my interests, having a career just felt pointless/hopeless. I’m not someone who could spend every day doing something that wouldn’t bring me joy or help me grow as a person (no matter how much money it made me) & while the arts aren’t the most lucrative career choice, they make my career feel like something that matters in this world & something that makes me a better version of myself every day that I set out to create. Read more>>

Dead Radio | Rock Band

We started this band as a way to pursue our passion for creating music and connecting with others. The band started as a small project with Daniel and myself (Brandon) doing acoustic open-mics 2-3 times a week in the IE. The excitement of performing live became addicting for the two of us, so we continued doing open-mics for the next year until we found our drummer Dennis to finally become a full band. We performed all throughout Southern California as a 3-piece for the first half of 2018, but were lucky enough to recruit our current bassist Tyler, who went to high school with Daniel and Dennis. Adding Tyler gave us the final piece we were missing to really fill out our sound since Daniel was able to move from bass to rhythm guitar. We’ve had some amazing experiences performing in front of new crowds and making some lifelong friends along the way. Our music group has established a fun little community of like minded artists and musicians that share our passions. Read more>>

Harrison Weathers | Graphic Designer & Illustrator

To be honest, it was all I ever really wanted to do. Finding a way to not be a starving artist was what led me to Graphic Design. Design gave me an opportunity to show my artistic capabilities while also helping businesses create growth and helping companies take the next step. The ability to help a company or individual bridge the gap between what they want to say and how they want to show it is what really excited me. Read more>>

Liz Brown | Artist, Designer & Fabricator

Art has always had a big influence on my life. When I was young, I had a vivid imagination and loved drawing, painting, and writing stories to document the imaginary worlds I created. Throughout my life, art has been the easiest and most effective way to express myself and examine the world around me. My interest in pursing creative projects continued through primary school and into college where I majored in Studio Art. After college there was a long stretch of time where I struggled to find a career where I was able to make a decent living and still fulfill my creative needs. After six years and a series of jobs that seemed to lead nowhere I was hired for an administrative position at a co-working space. It was through that co-working space that I met other artists, designers, and fabricators who had successfully started their own businesses. Soon I was taking on design and fabrication projects of my own and I realized that I could start my own business and have a successful, creative career. After a few years of taking on side projects, I had built up enough of a client base to quit my administrative job and create MonkeyCat Studio. Read more>>

Carin A. Hazmat | Artist & Designer

I’ve been told by my parents that ever since I was a little girl I was always found quietly drawing in a corner somewhere. Many years has passed since then and to this day, I still can be found drawing in a corner quietly with music to keep me company. There was something embedded in my soul that told me my journey would be a creative one as I could have never imagined anything else for myself. Read more>>

Vince Alvendia | Independent Comic Artist, Illustrator, and Creator

I have been drawing since I was old enough to pick up a crayon and drawing has always come naturally to me. It’s the one thing that could keep my focus for long periods of time and, as I got older, there wasn’t anything else that sparked my interest or intellect like art did. As I grew up, I would go from wanting to be a fine artist such as sculpting or painting, and then being a commercial artist or graphic designer, to being an animator before finally landing on illustrator and comic artist. Read more>>

Taylor McCabe | Artist

To allow myself to be vulnerable and share my passions with others. Since I was young I always found joy in making others feel welcomed and appreciated, and with my art I can relate to others’ emotions and remind them that we are not alone in this world, rather, we are all a part of something much bigger and lovelier than we could ever imagine. Read more>>

Joseph Henseler | Artist, Designer, Builder, Musician, Producer, Poet

From a fairly young age (around 7) I was interested in and found that I had natural talent in music, specifically drums and percussion. While I enjoyed playing very much, at such a young age there was a lot to learn about how music is composed, how to read music, play the rudiments correctly and play in front of others in performances at school. With so much to learn about music in general, I also turned to other creative outlets that interested me that provided a bit more instant gratification without so much theoretical learning. I found joy and comfort in drawing first. I soon realized that within my tiny grade school in a small Pennsylvania town that I had artistic and musical talent. My talents progressed through high school focused mostly on the drumming as a means to survive the entire high school experience, as well as provide a home for emotional expression. Home life was challenging because of mental illness in the family. Staying involved at a high level out in the marching band and drumline world provided a solid focus outside of the sadness and confusion within the home. Read more>>

Joe Carrillo | Lead Guitarist for The Fallen Electric

It’s an endless pursuit that started at a very young age. Growing up in the grunge and alternative explosion of the ‘90s was something that continues to inspire to this very day. The crazy part about nut jobs like us, is that all the validation or lack there of wouldn’t ever slow us down for anything in the world. Honestly, calling it a career puts it in a “job” category, and while it’s a lot of work, it sure doesn’t feel like it when you suggest from the stage that people pick their poison and join the party… and then they do. Read more>>