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.

Alex Carriles | Designer & Developer

I have been an artist since the day I first held a crayon. Art is something that has always brought me lots of joy and fulfillment. As I grew up I began taking an interest in computers and more technical subjects which I then began to combine with my creative interests. Read more>>

Michaela Cink | Hairstylist

I chose this career path because every work day is different. I get to be creative with every client, no head of hair is the same and that’s what brings out my creativity and makes my job fun. Read more>>

Abbey Rucker | Photographer

My grandmother always told me to follow my heart and do what makes me happy and photography always did just that for me. It was an outlet for me through so many dark times in life and always gave me a reminder of how beautiful life truly is. Read more>>

Matthew Peters | Theater Teacher and Director

I had worked a couple of summer camps with kids in high school and loved to interact with them and help faciliate their growth, so I knew I wanted to teach in some aspect. Since elementary school I had done theatre and found I had a real passion and love for it, but when I graduated high school I wanted to be a History teacher. Read more>>