Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Madison Timberlake | Interior Designer

It actually took me a long time to realize that I was what one would call a “creative”. I always had this pull inside of me to design and create beautiful things, but when you are 17 and have to make a quick decision about what you want to do for the rest of your life, it’s easy to fall into a “safe” career. This is exactly what happened to me. Read more>>

Joseph Arnold | Comic artist & storyteller

I have always been drawn to the illustrative potential of comic books and animation from a young age. The ability to create an entire universe from words, and to give it form seemed to be an additional level of creation anyone could participate in. I have worked my whole life to develop my storytelling in image form with the use of character illustration, perspective, and storytelling craft. Read more>>

Lindsay Niccs | Singer & Songwriter

Simply put……..I have to. It’s not an option for me. Like, it is, but it’s not! Lol. GOD has called everyone to do something. This is my “something”. To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ as someone who was born and raised in church but was actively and openly drunk, gay, high and promiscuous with men and women and full of tattoos. GOD is a healer and deliverer and HE hears us in the dark spaces of our lives. Every day is not easy…. AT ALL BRO, but every day is worth it! Read more>>

Laura Rendon Lugo | Designer & Fashion Stylist

For me styling and designing clothing is a very powerful emotional tool. Dressing women and helping them find their voice through their unique and personal style is something I am deeply passionate about because most of the time through this beautiful art we can deliver positive – feel good – emotions. Empowering , supporting and inspiring women is my passion and there is nothing more relevant for me than do to it through art, through the art of dressing. Read more>>