We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Charlie Rose | Dj

I have always been an artistic person I would say. What really got me started was my father. He worked in the music industry as a manager so I was always around creatives and I was submerged in music. In high school, I started a Internet radio show which gave me press credentials so at that point I got to go to release parties and concerts just all sorts of things that really ignited my creative passion. Read more>>

Cameron Bickley | Videographer & Photographer

As I got older, I began to notice that there wasn’t much archival footage or photos available at my home in Alabama of me growing up. None of my first steps were caught on film, not many birthday photos, etc, and as I began to discover my passion for photography and videography, I noticed that I had the power to fix this for other people as I saw fit. Read more>>

Kevin Nguyen | Photographer & Videographer

I pursued a creative career because I grew up around it all my life. My grandpa was a graphic designer/artist for the Houston Chronicle back in the 1980s. He’s honestly one of the reasons why I even am the creator I am today. When I was younger I would watch him either paint in the backyard or watch him take pictures of my grandma while she’s out in the yard gardening. Read more>>


Evelyn Hernandez | Photographer

I decided to pursue a creative career because bringing my visions to life through photography is a magical feeling that a 9-5 job couldn’t give me. I love the process that goes into planning and executing my ideas, even if the process takes months to complete. Read more>>

Christopher Willard | Author, Psychologist, Consultant

I’ve always wanted to write books, as long as I can remember. I was always the kid writing the 12 page story in 3rd grade, not the two page story. I figured the dream was not meant to be at some point, and got a degree in psychology, but that ended up being a great foundation to build my literary work on in the end. Read more>>

Leticia Urieta | Writer, Community Teaching Artist and Writing Programs Director

I have been writing and creating stories since I was very young, even before I could really read fluently. I struggled with reading until 2nd grade, but I loved stories and wanted to be able to create my own. When I was in 4th grade I spent a lot of time outside with my friends working on a 70 page novel that is probably the most productive as a writer I have been in my whole life. Read more>>

Laura Aguilar | Hair & Makeup Artist

I’ve always been a creative person since I was a child. Whether it was painting, drawing, or something as simple as just doing my hair and makeup it always made me feel happy and inspired to learn more and improve my craft. I knew that becoming an HMUA was one of the best choices I’ve ever made for myself. Read more>>

Cathy Hayek | Corporate Communications Professional with design and event skills.

To be honest, I didn’t. It came to me naturally. It wasn’t until I was older that my greatest strength of creativity really was apparent. Looking back in my life, creativity was a major component of my continued success. Read more>>