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.

Lauren Braud | Registered Architect & Interior Designer

I’ve always been interested in the arts. It’s something that runs in my blood—my parents are both architects, my paternal grandmother was a prolific artist, and my maternal grandmother had an incredible eye for interiors. Growing up, I was surrounded by creativity and encouraged in artistic pursuits, that support has shaped me into the creative I am today. Read more>>

Janine Schafer | Jewlery Desinger and Artist

My artistic career kind of found me. I went to school for Criminal Justice and for my Paralegal certificate, but after working in the field I wasn’t entirely happy. I always tried different crafts but did not succeed at them. So, much that I used to tell people that I wasn’t artistic. Read more>>

Amanda Tran | Aesthetic Assistant & Makeup Artist

I pursued such an artistic and creative career because I love the drive. I enjoy growing and being creative in what I do. I am an Aesthetic Assistant at Evolve Aesthetics and I also have my own small business freelancing makeup on the side. Both careers are constantly evolving and not only do I get to show my artistic side in each field, I get to grow into a boss. Read more>>

Heather Gilbreath | Multi-Skilled Performance Artist

I decided to pursue an artistic/creative career simply because I know it is my gift to the world to provide entertainment to the public. I have always been artistic and creative my whole life. I can’t imagine having any other job. Read more>>