Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Lonnie Bush | Fitness&heath&wellness coach and cancer resource advocate

I always knew I wanted to do something that would make a difference in the lives of others but it had to be something that I enjoyed also I am a fitness trainer and owner Lonnie Bush fitness I also have a non for profit celebration of life that assist men women and kids battling cancer I created it after my own battle with cancer I come up with the funds to assist the patients with everything that I wished someone would’ve assisted me with when I was battling Read more>>

Elton Salazar | Singer songwriter/musician.

As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be an artist. Whether it be music, acting, drawing etc, I’ve always been drawn to art and has come naturally to me. So I guess I can say that I didn’t choose art, but it chose me. Art has helped me deal with emotional stress and has been my outlet for expressing myself. Read more>>

Lesly Chairez | Event Planner & Stylist

I love that my career gives me the opportunity to be as artistic and creative as I please! My clients are the best, they always trust my judgement and let me do my thing. It allows me to challenge myself and try new things. I pursued it because I feel free. I love being able to do what I love and make it art. Read more>>

jose najar | Director, editor & filmographer

As cliché as it may sound, its true, I didn’t choose to do this, it chose me. What I mean by that is that the appreciation for video/film has always been imbedded in me. From the age of about 12 I remember watching movies through a perspective which at the time I thought was normal. Analyzing angles, shot sequences and behind the scenes material always fascinating to me. Since that age I have been involved in the arts wether it was through film appreciation classes or theater technology courses, every school year I was involved in some way. Read more>>

Payton Howie | Nashville recording artist

Music has always been a part of me for a long as I could remember. I was told I sang before I spoke. It went from being something that “seemed like the natural thing to do”, to something I absolutely could not deny. Being a singer songwriter and performing is just what I have to do with my life. Read more>>

Rebeca Hernandez | Makeup and Hairstylist

My decision on perusing an artistic career when I got laid off in 2015 from an office job which I had a clerical position with. At the time I was sort of bummed out about it, but little did I know it was a blessing in disguise and that all things happen for a reason. My decision came from this right here. I realized two things. One, the fact that I was away from my daughter over 40 plus hours a week and that was way too much time! I was becoming resentful at having to leave her and miss out on spending quality time with her. Read more>>

Piper Daily | Burlesque Artist and Auntie to the Houston community.

I found myself in this beautiful, glittery world of burlesque because….why not? That’s the question I asked myself when I first saw classes were available back in 2017. I had been enamored with burlesque since I was 14. The glitz! The glamour! The luxurious fantasy! But I never thought this was somethinhg I could do. I’m a plus size woman and growing up, I was bombarded with comments about my body and my dance/performance capabilities. Read more>>

Keanna Hinds | Registered Nurse and Grief Counselor

The Toni Rose Foundation Inc was born ironically in 2019 after the tragic loss of my mother, Ms. Toni Rose in 2018. Yearning and searching for understanding during my own grief and bereavement journey sparked me to notice the need for and lack of grief resources in the African American community. The Toni Rose Foundation provides and promotes grief relief resources in the community with the help of social media to help bring awareness to the dier ongoing need of substantial grief programs. Read more>>

Evelin Leyva | Franchise Owner

The company was founded by Amy Arnold and Jessica Stanley in 2014 in Austin, Texas, to spread joy and create a positive impact in communities nationwide. The company has grown to over 450 locations across the country. We are the Cypress TX location. Read more>>

Gina Harris | C.O.O.

The founder was a Disable U.S Marine Veteran and she said, “Us Marine love to drink, and my family loves to eat!” Her husband was a Chef and so they decided to infuse a cake for her office party and her family for the holidays. After those two events her co-workers, family and friends ordered over $20,000 worth of cakes between the months of October to December in 2011. Then the idea of opening their own bakery emerged in 2012. It has been a success and they have never looked back since, they continue to stay very humble and thankful to all who supports the dream and now growing business. Read more>>

Lina Younes | KDP author, Educator, Supervisor,&Humanitari

I have been in the professional domain since I was nineteen years old. I worked in several schools, institutions, publishing houses, and organizations as a part time, full time, and freelance. Thus, I always wanted to be my own boss and to this end, I have started recently to publish kindle books. Writing is my window to the outer world. I have started my books targeting kids especially that on line learning and homeschooling became major thing due to covid 19. Nevertheless, I will be writing more interesting ebooks that serve as a guide in relationships and self motivation. I would like to note that my kindle books are very affordable and If someone has a subscription on Kindle Amazon, they can read them for free within Kindle Unlimited. Read more>>

Kim Antley | Owner/Designer at Red Lip Designs & Marketing/PR Professional

By day, I am a marketing/communications/public relations professional and at the end of 2013, I was looking for a way to earn extra income. My mom had made a few wreaths when I was younger so I thought this might be a good option. I never dreamed that I would be where I am today, selling to neighbors, friends and the world through Etsy! Read more>>