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.

Erin and Nick Suhadolnik | Custom Van Builders

For both of us, our career paths have happened organically and over time. We are examples of the fortunate few that followed a passion or curiosity which evolved into a career that supports our lifestyle. We took a chance by spending our time at a job that some may not have to learn, we took that leap of faith, and we followed our intuition. The goal has always been, “Do what you love. Love what you do.”. We feel very lucky to be able to run CAMP SUHA and create these memory maker Camper Vans that bring adventure and joy to our clients. Because after all, adventure and joy similarly, is what we pursued to get here. Read more>>

Gretchen Otero | Photographer & Small Business Owner

It sounds cliche’ but creating and art are in my heart. It is who I am. Perhaps a CPA enjoys working with numbers, a doctor enjoys helping people, and I enjoy creating. Oddly enough being a photographer and running a studio is only about 10% creativity and 90% other work to make the business happen. Even though I’m only spending 10% of my working time creating, I still feel incredibly fulfilled and happy to be in an artistic career. Read more>>

Mimi Cerutti | Creator of Elegant Grazing Tables and Boards

I chose to start a business that is on the creative side for several reasons. Life can feel pretty serious sometimes, especially over the last two years. Like so many of us, I have worked incredibly hard to keep my head and heart above it all. I was ready to start something that would be fun and not only bring me joy, but also bring joy to the people that I’m serving. Read more>>

Tanner Knight | Auto Motive Photographer & Real Estate Agent

I Jumped into my Creative career in the midst of the pandemic and I did it because I was tired of working a job I hated, I wanted to be able to create my own job and do what I loved for an income, I took the plunge at a young age because I felt the earlier I started the higher chance of success I would have and the smaller chance of being stuck at a job to pay the bills. Read more>>

Arturo Sanchez | DJ & Doctor

In an attempt to not sound cliche, I don’t think you choose to be a creative. It’s something that is truly innate. You have this built up energy that wants to be released, and it can come in many forms. Mine just happened to be in the form of Music. Ultimately, this is my message to the world, I am here and I am with you. Read more>>

Jules Pomphrett | Social Media Manager

I pursued a creative career because I’ve truly never imagined anything else. My love of fashion, traveling and writing have been with me for as long as I can remember and as the world has changed it has morphed into the perfect career. Growing up I would create picture collages, and was obsessed with the fashion industry. I studied Fashion in college and since have worked in Wardrobe Styling, Public Relations, Events, Fashion Merchandising, and Marketing. I think my many experiences have set me apart and created my success. I love trying new things and working with brands and companies to help create their success. Read more>>

Nadia Arambula | Artistic Director

To be honest, it was not my intention to pursue an artistic or creative career. Creativity has always been in my family, my dad is an innate carpenter/furniture designer, and my mom a multifaceted woman who was always creating and manifesting small businesses and great ideas. I think that impacted me, not only in what I do, but in who I am. Since I was little, my parents saw in me the passion for the folklorico dance, and when I was five years old, they enrolled me in a summer camp class. Read more>>

Nick Wolford | Singer-Songwriter

I started making up random songs in my head when I was 9 years old and wrote them down all the time. I was so excited when I had a full song written down on paper and would sing it to myself constantly even if I didn’t like it. It’s become something I just do in my free time now and I still get that same feeling I had when I was a kid. Now, I get to release some of them. I just loved writing songs so much I knew I had to do something with it when I grew up. Here I am trying. Read more>>