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.

Tiffany Torossian | Fashion Stylist

Ever since I was little, I loved arts and crafts and bringing my imagination to life. I would think of something in my head and then draw or make it. I love that in art, then is no wrong or right. People have their opinions, but that should never stop you from doing or making what you love. I constantly have ideas flowing through my head, especially when it comes to fashion and I love that for my job, I can search for all the pieces I am looking for and bring my vision to life. Read more>>

Nathanael Jones | Animation Storyboard Artist & Writer

Probably could have done OK, but my true passion has always been art. As a kid I spent virtually all my time making comics, computer games, and music with my friends, and while I was given the advice that I could keep those things as hobbies, I eventually realized that in order to make the best art I possibly could, I would have to devote myself to it full time. Without any industry connections pursuing a creative career felt like heading into uncharted waters. It was a risk and I didn’t know where my path would lead me – but I knew I had to try. Read more>>

Adriane Tsai | Illustrator & Digital Arts Teacher

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso. This quote always stuck with me. Most kids love to create, whether it’s drawing with crayons or building Legos. As kids we don’t care what people think and we create because we want to. But somewhere along the way, we are told our drawing doesn’t look right or that we need to pursue a stable job. Expressing ourselves creatively gets put on the backburner and often never gets picked back up. As a kid, I was always creating things–from doodling to making jewelry, stuffed animals, and cards, to performing in musicals. I guess the difference between me and anyone else is that I knew I couldn’t give that up. I knew I wanted to keep that childlike creativity alive in myself and to create things that could remind others of their creativity. Read more>>

Jay Reilly | Photographer

Well it just seem to come most naturally. I did try to a more conventional profession. I started Law School and although I enjoyed it, it was not an easy path for me to take. It was challenging for me to keep up and I soon realized I had skills that I could apply to a creative profession. I moved into more of a in-house creative for technology, internet start-ups which allowed me to test some commercial art sensibility which was easy. Like I mentioned, it started to come naturally. It soon flourished into a full time job on its own. This was very much like a second career. I think the big challenge for me early in life was I did not have a lot of influence or inspiration to draw from immediately around me. Read more>>

Summer Knowles | Actress, Writer & Enterpriser

For as long as I can remember, the arts have been my passion. Through them, I’m able to experience a loss of inhibition like no other. I’m free to create and dream big, but more importantly, I’m enabled to unveil my most authentic self. In every other career path, there’s a “right” and “wrong” way to do things. With a career in the creative arts, no such binaries exist. Read more>>

Sheldon Roberts | Golf Fitness Trainer

I pursued this career because it allows me to continuously think outside of the box and come up with “new” ways of training. Though I am not reinventing the wheel, I love trying to come up with creative movements that can make training fun and productive at the same time for people. Read more>>