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.

Melissa Berger | Digital Interior Decorator & Professional Stager

I’ve always been really in touch with the feelings of a space. I knew as young as 8 that I had a drive to create spaces, but it wasn’t until I had my first internship staging rooms in Dillard’s that I realized I could give other people that feeling, too. It’s silly, but staging those display cases was so eye-opening. I always thought working was sitting at a cold desk, just that stuffy office environment where there’s no room for creativity. I was so excited when I started that job; I couldn’t believe they paid people to do the thing I loved. I could make a feeling just in that little glass box, give people an impression. Read more>>

Albert Chen | Award-winning Photographer, Cinematographer & Creative Artist

If I am not on my way home, I must be on the way to photograph. This statement mostly describes why I pursue an artistic or creative career. That is, I love photographing to the greatest extent. It’s more than my dream job. It’s now my daily life. Though I have never received any professional training in Art or gone to an Art school, I find myself having great senses of artistic work. The token is the global recognition that I have received from photo contests. As now, my photographs have been awarded by 17 international photography contests. The self-trained artistic development is also instrumental to my professional development. I now own a professional photography firm serving both photography and cinematography. Read more>>

Allison Fox | Artist

Art has been a passion of mine since I was a child. During college, I double majored in art and accounting which provided me the opportunity to pursue a career in international tax using my accounting degree. While focusing on building my tax career and starting our family, art was something I did when I could make a bit of time here and there. There wasn’t much time available, but I was able to participate in an annual show so I knew I’d complete at least one painting each year. Now that my kids are older and my husband is a stay-at-home dad, I have more free time that I can devote to art. Art is healing for me, and I see it as a form of therapy to step back and relax from the demands of my tax career. I’ve focused on building my art business in recent years, so I guess you could say I’m a dual-career woman now. Read more>>

Chantel Webb | Resin artist & Painter

I’ve always had a love for art. Growing up an only child, I always found myself drawing different things not even realizing that it was art, it just came naturally. I always loved those little science projects in grade school cause I got to showcase my creativity. Art was always my favorite class throughout all my school years. In high school, I was in cosmetology were I began a love for makeup, which in my eye is another form of art. I used my face as an canvas and loved playing with colors however during this pandemic, I didn’t want to risk getting the virus so I had to put that career on pause for the time being. So I went back to painting, I wanted to seal a painting with resin and while I was looking up how to properly use resin I discovered a new hobby, basically on accident. Read more>>

Kevin Brusky | President

I have a day j0b working in cybersecurity for a major tech firm, so making games in my spare time is a great release for my artistic creative side. My favorite part of being a publisher is selecting the right artist for each project. I spent time every single day looking for new artistic talent on sites like Artstation. Read more>>