We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Natalie McCright | Personal Trainer & Entrepreneur

I got into fitness in 2016 after I graduated college. I had gone to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and graduated with an Animal Science degree with a Pre Vet concentration. I thought I was going to become a vet my entire life until I started working in a vet clinic as a tech. The clinic environment was cold, fast paced, stressful and competitive. I felt like I was constantly being judged or judging myself. In college I became depressed, anxious and gained weight from the excessive binge drinking and unhealthy eating. I moved back to San Diego and started to focus on my health and happiness. I knew I needed to change my unhealthy coping mechanisms for my depression and anxiety. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I just knew it wasn’t this and I wanted to be happy. Read more>>

Kayla Marie | Kay Marie Studios

I decided to pursue a career in the creative field because, for me, nothing else made sense. I began to experiment with cameras at a very young age and I bought my very first Fujifilm Finepix camera right after I had my 8th birthday. After that, it all went downhill from there. I was obsessed with creating videos, making skits, and I took photos everywhere I went. It was my pride and joy and I have that camera to thank for leading me where I am now. I dabbled between studying psychology, getting my degree in journalism, or broadcasting, but none of those subjects could compare to the interest I had in film, acting, and photography. Read more>>

Christian Cannon | Creator and Consultant

It wasn’t by choice initially. It started with my getting my masters degree in clinical psychology. While in school I had a professor who said that to prevent the stress of bringing the emotional ‘baggage’ that as counselors we are consistently empathizing with to the home life, we should find an outlet. It was then, after living with creatives for 4 years, I decided to get my first iPhone and start taking photos of the ocean and posting them to instagram. Jumping ahead 2 years I had gained 500,000 followers on instagram, created content for some of the biggest brands and flown all over the world. Throughout that entire journey though, it was the question, “How did you do it?” that officially lead me to pursue a creative career. I wanted to understand why I had become so successful and see if I could help others do the same. Read more>>

Natalie Lahr | Content Creator and Entrepreneur

Being a content creator and a business owner has allowed me to be artistic. I love when work is fast and always changing. Sometimes I’m in a photoshoot, at a fun event, designing a website, or setting goals in my office. I enjoy bringing my vision to life and sharing what I created to social media. Read more>>

Juliette Sobanet | Author

I have been writing, dancing, and creating since I was young, so I guess you could say that the creative career chose me! With writing specifically, I began journaling and writing stories and poetry as a child, and I simply never stopped. I hadn’t thought of turning my writing into a career until I had my very first book idea. I was living in Paris at the time finishing my Master’s in French, and it was in writing my thesis that I gained the confidence to begin turning that book idea into a novel. Once I began writing the book, I was absolutely hooked and I knew I would be writing forever. Read more>>