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.

Mila Fox | Actor & Model

I decided to pursue an artistic career, because, quite frankly, there is nothing that I love more in life than performance arts. It might sound cliche to some, but, what can I say?! It’s true. To be honest, this realization actually terrified me, for the longest time. Read more>>

Leigh Jendrusina | Founder + Principal Designer

I’ve always loved design – but I didn’t start out knowing I wanted to be an interior designer. I worked alongside creatives for about 10 years in various corporate marketing and brand roles and after taking a short break following the birth of my second son, I did a little soul searching to figure out my next move. Read more>>

Elijah Gibbins croft | Musician

I think that art is all we have aside from love as people. When you forget about superficial devices such as money, material possessions and work you are left with art, creativity, love, and passion. These are the real building blocks of our humanity, the things that make our culture. I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing then creating as a musician. Read more>>

Emma Schneider | Content Creator

Being creative has something that has always been in the foreground of my life. Regardless of what ventures I would pursue, I’ve always felt the urge to put myself out there in a more creative sense. When I started my platform, I was scared. Scared of rejection, scared of the way others would perceive me, and the way that I would be judged. Read more>>

Beau Doiron | Sports DJ, Nightlife DJ, Private event DJ, Emcee

I knew it was the only way I would be able to be happy. I had an office job when I was 21, I remember being in a meeting and looked out the window thinking, “ I just want to be outside in the woods all day.” Read more>>

Christopher Wheeler | Certified Professional Freelance Photographer

I fell in love with photography at around 7-8 (1987-88) I used to buy 110 cameras all the time and have the film developed. I had always dreamed of owning a 35mm camera. Read more>>

Casey Konen | Floral Creative

Creativity has always been an integral part of my being. For as long as I remember I’ve always just been making things. I was the little kid making bracelets and necklaces, painting, drawing. Making models out of clay, mud, sand, whatever was around I was trying to make it in to something else. Read more>>

Jenelle Brinneman | Floral Designer/Owner

I always joked during interviews when they’d the standard question, “do you like to think outside the box?” I would reply, “I don’t think I’ve ever been in the box.” Creating floral designs has allowed me to express myself and there are no rules. Flowers has set me free after being told what is right and wrong in corporate America for 20+ years. Being able to come up with my own ideas and designs is so freeing. Read more>>