We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Caleb Baldwin | Entrepreneur/ Recording Artist

Creating products with my talent has always been pivotal to my growth , it’s where I feel most in my element. Since grade school I’ve acted in plays , modeled fashion events and performed for musical and art productions. Expressing myself was never the issue , just when and where. Read more>>

Rosecrans G | Photographer

Growing up in Gardena, CA I was surrounded with an artistic family, My father was a dope sketch artist, both of my sisters are handy with there hands creating gift baskets and reefs for the holidays and my mother was a writer and assisted in writing an episode of Bewitched when she was a teen. Read more>>

Michael James Cisarik | Abstract Artist

It was less of me actively pursuing it and more of it just happening. I did not even realize what creative side was within me until one day I started painting just as a means to add art to my apartment at the beginning of the pandemic. From there, it snowballed…only about a year had a passed when I realized I had completed well over 100 paintings that now resided with people across the U.S. Read more>>

Blessing Daniel | Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer

I started taking pictures at the age of 11 and was known for capturing events at my church and photographing all my “wonderful” church aunties after service. Apart from being able to capture such timeless memories, my favorite part of it all was seeing the huge smile on people’s faces after showing them their photos. Read more>>

Javo Amir | Singer-songwriter/ Performer

Honestly I’m not sure. All I know is that from what I can remember, I’ve always loved to entertain lol . Just making people happy made me feel happy. Music and performing comes naturally to me. So why not pursue something you love ? Especially is it’s a passion. Read more>>

ashley thompson | Photographer

All throughout my life, I’ve always been so attached to art in some form. Whether that be music, painting, or visual art… it has been an extreme factor in my everyday life. As I grew up and reached high school, I found that I had a love for photography. Read more>>