Artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that their career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not easy and so we asked a few of the artists and creatives we admire to talk to us about why they chose to pursue an artistic or creative career.

AJ Jones | Hip hop artist

I decided to peruse music because it has always been something I have really cared about. Whether it be making the music, or simply just listening to other talented artists. I never really recorded any music growing up because I always assumed it was an unrealistic career for me. But the reason I really started taking music seriously is because I realized that It would be stupid to not at least attempt to make a career out of something I’m good at. I am just trying to do everything I can to avoid the 9 to 5 rat race. And I believe music can do that for me if I work hard and do things right. Read more>>

Justin Chevalier | Actor & Creator of Chevalier ArtCo.

It naturally came to me – a gift, perhaps! I always gravitated to the arts as a kiddo and was forever creating something out of nothing. At the same time, I needed art and creativity to heal me, to cope and enlighten me, through some very heavy and confusing moments. What I find beautiful about my journey is that as I continue to grow, art allows me this continual expression, and relief, in what ever circumstance I may find myself. In my life that has been very valuable because it allows me to perceive possibility regardless the conditions of a moment. That happens in both my acting and my visual art business and in order to further explore that for myself and demonstrate the lessons, perspective and possibly to others, I have committed my life to this work. Everyone has the ability to be creative and if I can be a vessel to demonstrate that/inspire others to support themselves in that effort, then my soul is gonna be one happy camper. Read more>>

Amya Harvey | Baker & Treat Maker

Since I was a kid I’ve always been very creative, however as I got a little older I felt like I was losing that part of myself until I started my business. Designing and baking treats helped me to find that creativity within myself again and motivated me to continue trying new things and moving forward with my business. Read more>>

Kyle Pingsterhaus | Photographer & Product Marketing Manager

Art and creativity has been a part of my whole life. I took every art class I could possibly take, I loved being able to create something that was completely my own, truly unique. I started pursing photography during college while I worked in a marketing department for a wholesale tuxedo company. I was constantly around photoshoots, videographers, and photographers. I fell in love with the whole process and wanted to be involved in every step. Read more>>

Nadya Mistry | Founder/ Fashion Designer

Art was something that had always been a part of my life. Throughout my schooling I had participated in and won many Art Competitions. As a teenager, I was extremely interested and consumed with designing my own outfits. My parents saw my inclination towards fashion and encouraged me to continue and if I wanted, pursue it as a career. Read more>>