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.

Amy Makovec | Lifestyle Blogger/Youtuber, Online Clothing Store Owner, & Microbiologist

I never have been much of a talker/social butterfly (unlike my dad who doesn’t know a stranger) and even as a young kid I would rather spend my time with my nose buried in a book or writing little stories such as “The Day It Rained Lemon Pudding” (a personal favorite of my dad’s) and “The Hillbilly Cop” (my first actual book complete with illustrations) so having a creative outlet is something that has always been a big part of my life. However, it really showed its importance after I went off to college. I’m not going to sugarcoat it…college was a rough time in my life. Read more>>

Sydney Eminhizer | Photographer & Writer

Since I could put a pen to paper, creativity has been a huge part of my life. Before I could write, my favorite thing to do was doodle. By third grade, I was making “magazines” for fun, creating illustrations and writing stories to go with them. Of course, I would be incredibly embarrassed if anyone besides my family laid eyes on them, but at the time, I thought I was a true artist. School put a damper on my urge to create, between the social aspect of it and the academic rigor and pressure to pursue something STEM related. Read more>>

Michelle Baker | Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer

I have always had a passion for photography, I took a film class in high school but wasn’t too serious about it. It wasn’t until 2019 when I was struggling with my mental health I decided to pick a camera up again. I started with landscape, and then started asking friends and family to model for me. It was then I realized how much I enjoyed photographing humans in their element, especially their love stories. There is something that sparked the fire inside of me, that I wanted to share others stories. Read more>>

Jorge Zuniga | Music Producer / DJ

Since I can remember I was always attracted to music, art, film, or any type of creative endeavor. As I became older my parents always pushed me to find a career that would create a stable income, so during university, I was taking a variety of different classes to find what I wanted to do in my life while I was always creating music and taking art classes too. I knew I had to make a decision soon so I really took a hard look at myself and started an elimination process. Read more>>

Debbe Ann Magnusen | The Baby Saver” Founder & Volunteer CEO of Project Cuddle”

Wow! What loaded questions!!! Here I go: (With my ADHD I do better numbering the points that it took me to figure out how to be the first one to actually figure out how to stop girls & women from throwing away their newborn babies and to actually hear them tell me how much they hated the child they held within their body or had just delivered) So, here were the steps. Read more>>

Liz Landeen | Business Strategy & Action Coach + Host of The Outdoor Entrepreneur Podcast + Founder, Elevated Entrepreneur Collective

Desperately wanting to follow my own creativity and curiosity and live an inspired life, on my own terms, was absolutely essential! It’s no surprise that after 10+ years of working Monday through Friday, 40+ hours a week behind a desk and inside an office, that my heart felt lost, and my spirit started gently rumbling. Those subtle messages eventually turned into louder and louder roars, and it was becoming harder and harder to ignore it. Read more>>