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.

Diana Bang | Event Design

I was working full days, had two kids under two years old, and 10pm was the only time in the day when I had a moment to myself. That’s the time I would start baking, experimenting, sketching, editing, and allowing inspiration to take true form. And that’s how I started my business, out of a need for self care and expression at the end of each day. I would have never imagined that my artistic outlet would one day grow into a full-service event design business. I love working in this industry because the creative possibilities are endless. Each client has a unique personality, each event has a specific purpose, and I get to help bring each client’s vision to life. What I love most about my job is that I get to use creativity to bring beauty into life’s milestone moments. Read more>>

Roger Taylor | Musician, Volunteer Board Member of San Diego Bluegrass Society and Summergrass Bluegrass Festival.

first off, I am hardly creating a creative career. Instead I am mostly working on re-inventing myself with an avocation. It’s called acoustic music. I am drawn especially to bluegrass and old time music. This is a 180 degree turn from formerly working as a professional mortgage broker for 34 years. The word career may not be the appropriate description for me. I think I am a reborn musician. Read more>>

Rourke Abt | Cocktail Bitters Maker and Wood Worker

I was intimidated and skeptical. Scared would not be an exaggeration. I knew it would be a risk, but scores of people had mentioned to me that I should start a business, and that if my product was available, they would be interested in it. I continued about my way being a craft bartender making quality cocktails with house-made ingredients while sharing the science, history and origin of timeless cocktails and centuries old techniques and ingredients. I did not think I had an artistic bone in my body. I cant sing, dance, draw or even print my name somewhat legibly. To this day, I still don’t know whether I am right or left handed. Designing, cooking and crafting cocktails and its ingredients seemed to open up my artistic ability. I have always enjoyed experiencing other cultures cuisine and especially their beverage tradition: horchata from Oaxaca, Persimmon cider from Korea or a lime cordial from Louisiana that was popular in the 60’s. Read more>>

Kayla Koslow | Art Educator, Professional Photographer, Small Business Owner and Artist.

Art is everything. It’s the clothes we put on in the morning to the door we walk out of to the car we drive… etc. We live in a world that is full of creative and artistic people who control even the smallest things in our lives. Being a creator has been a part of me since I can remember. It’s what brings me happiness and joy. Art allows me to push boundaries or stay in my zone. It allows me to try new things and push for more. If I were in a job where I wasn’t allowed to be creative I would find a way because it’s a part of my soul. Loving what I do on a daily basis is so important to overall mental health and happiness. I think the biggest reason why I do what I do is to see how much art can help them, in ways they might not have expected or imagines. Art is what makes me happy and to bring happiness into a child’s life or a persons water bottle with one of my designs is enough for me to fill my bucket daily. Read more>>

Erik Stone | Photography and Photo Restoration

I picked an artistic and creative career because it is in my blood. My mother was very creative both in the arts and in music. Many in my family have followed suit. It makes work not seem like work but stimulating. Read more>>

Sloane Wormser | Hair Stylist

When I was 18, fresh out of high school, I was completely lost. My family moved from small town Massachusetts to Orange County when I was 16 and those years totally rocked my world. Looking back, it was good for me to be pushed outside of my comfort zone, but at the time I thought of it as completely devastating. I felt depressed, alone, anxious, confused, and clueless. I knew I wanted a good job. I knew I wanted to be successful. I just had no idea where to start. So like any 18 year “floater” I enrolled at the local community college. After a year and a half I felt no change mentally or emotionally. So I decided it was time for a major shift. I knew I loved hair/makeup, I knew it was creative, I knew it wasn’t behind a desk, so I went straight to my own stylist for advice. She referred me to the Paul Mitchell in Costa Mesa… Two weeks later I applied and within a month I was a cosmetology student. I have never once looked back. Becoming a creative is the best thing that has ever happened to me in countless ways. Read more>>

Melanie Harder | Interior Designer

I chose an artsitic career so I could be learning and creating things every day while I am working. I have always loved creating and transforming spaces. A career in Interior Design is a great fit for me as I get to work on new and exciting projects constantly which keeps me looking forward to the next one on a regular basis. Read more>>