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.

Emilia Ibañez Lissen | character designer and concept artist for animation

Since I was little I have loved drawing, for me it was like another game, I enjoyed drawing the characters I saw in animated films, I could spend hours doing that. One day my parents brought home the Finding Nemo movie DVD. Where there was additional material with a documentary of how it was done. That’s when I realized that movies are made by people and they do it AS A JOB. Read more>>

Teresa Hurtado | Content Creator & Midsize Model

I have always been a creative. Art and reading were my escapes when I was a child. I loved learning about new people and new places through the characters in a book and dreaming up new ideas. As I got older, that transferred over to makeup and fashion. There was a point in my life where I lost myself and I really had to do the work to heal and love myself again. It was through this journey combined with my creative spirit that I decided to share myself on social media. Read more>>

Jasmine Redding | Hair Accessories

Its my passion, I have been creating since a lilttle girl. Read more>>

Marcus Muhd | Producer/Director

Before I really had a chance to make a choice between careers where I had potential, the rap group I had formed in high school had a popular album released with a single playing over the radio. I was succeeding and had the opportunity to sign a Hollywood recording contract. Unfortunately, the label we were already signed to declined and the group dissolved.. Continuing to pursue an artistic career from that point was a matter of unfinished business for me. Read more>>

Britt Fair | Author/Artist

Initially, it was a way of doing something I loved to help create a little additional income for our family while I was a stay-at-home mom to our two boys. Art has always been an important part of my life; it’s something that I love deeply, so it seemed to be something that just made sense to try and build into something bigger. People always say to do what you love, and drawing is a passionate love for me. I started doing prophetic art in church, and the more people would see the more I would get asked to do portraits, too. Read more>>