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.

Casey Turner Music | Island Reggae live loop artist

It pursued me. Read more>>

Veronica Wylie | Actor, writer, voice actor

Honestly, I have never wanted to do anything else. When I was little, I wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be someone else. I didn’t like who I was, and acting was a way to escape that person and escape my life, at least for a little while. As I grew up, I slowly started to learn to accept myself and then to like myself, and finally, to cherish myself. As that happened, my reason for pursuing a creative career shifted as well. I believe that we are put here to be in relationship. Read more>>

Tosha Chavez | Intimate Wedding + Elopement Planner

Ultimately, it took me years to realize I wanted to be in the wedding industry – I changed my major 4 times in college because my studies felt monotonous and lackluster. I craved a multi-faceted role where I could express my creativity, work for myself, and help couples achieve their goals. Every day is something new as a business owner, especially in the wedding industry. New trends to keep up with, faster software programs, Seo/blogging, booking, taxes, etc… It keeps me on my toes, I’m never bored, and I love seeing how happy my couples are at the end of the night. Read more>>

Travis Darby | Music Producer

I pursued a artistic career because I simply always had a love for art & music, I started drawing young as young as a toddler and did that all the way until high school senior year but started music production around the age of 14, there was a period where I did try to do graphic design but realized that wasnt for me so I stuck to music. Read more>>

Laura Engel | Author

I was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and transplanted to San Diego, California over 50 years ago. I am married to the love of my life, Gene, and the mother of five beloved grown children and an adored golden retriever, Layla Louise. I am thrilled to be the proud Grammy of 10 cherished grandchildren. Read more>>