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.

J. Longbow | Mechatronics Engineer & Prop Maker

ive always liked movies and was surrounded by art stuff as my parents always encouraged arts and creativity over anything boring. i was able to get an apprenticeship at a local Prop Shop after high school where i learned a lot about the trade. my brother made me get a mechanical engineering degree and along the way learned 3d printing and some simple 3d modeling which allowed me to continue my prop shop experience into my own prop shop with my friend and production partner who does a lot of his own props and handles the business stuff. Read more>>

Alexis Biltz | Content Creator

Since I was in grade school, I have always been fascinated by the content creator/influencer community. Growing up, I would spend hours watching beauty and fashion videos on YouTube. It has been a goal of mine to start my own channel, but I have always been afraid to put myself out there and try new things. During the pandemic and being on lockdown, I worked on overcoming that fear and started making short video content for TikTok and posting more pictures on Instagram. Since then, I have enjoyed the content creation process and hope to continue to grow my passion into a career! Read more>>

Evan Burgher | Founder of a Digital Creative Agency

For as long as I can remember I have loved people and their stories. I find them fascinating. I constantly find myself in conversation with people of all walks in the most random of places. I thrive off the energy, and I love the storytelling. For me, pursuing a creative career came from a love of stories, and finding unique and dynamic ways to tell those stories. Read more>>

Nesrin Brecheisen | Aesthetician, Microblading Artist, Owner of Skin by Nesrin & Actress

I was born and raised in Turkey. Education was so important always so I went the first college blindly, then my big passion raised greatly for Theater so I went to the second college, which is my bachelor..I played tv shows, commercials, and movies. With acting, you need to delve deep into your psyche and fearlessly go where %99 of people wouldn’t. You need to be open all your heart to your past, to your present. In that time I could not think of any other career for myself but acting only giving my family traumas. I guess it was a way for me to recharge by express too many emotions in too many characters. I also was obsessed with beauty products since I was a child. My husband American, when we decided to live here USA I decided to uncover my skincare passion and went Esthetic School in Seattle. Read more>>

Melody Godfred | Self Love Author & Entrepreneur

My earliest, happiest and most meaningful memories of myself as a child all involve creative expression. Whether I was playing the piano or writing poetry, I always felt most myself when creating. This connection with creativity continued throughout my childhood and adolescence. But something changed when I graduated college: my desire to create was overshadowed by my egos need for security. Read more>>

Melonie Mulkey | Visual Artist

I grew up with two artist parents and a family that supported the arts. I didn’t have much as a child (in terms of material things), but being taught how to be creative with what we had, opened the door to tremendous possibilities at a very young age. Growing up I explored a variety of artistic endeavors including dance and theatre. Read more>>