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.

Casey Bee | DJ, Music Enthusiast

I decided to pursue a creative career because my previous career kind of forced my hand, or maybe God forced my hand. In full disclosure, I was fired from my previous job because I refused to do something they requested for me to do because I did not agree with it. At the time, I was working my full-time job and creating DJ mixes and playlists on the side as a creative outlet and side hustle. I was also miserable and exhausted. Deep down I dreamed of quitting that job and pursuing DJing and Music entertainment as a career but didn’t have the guts to do it. Read more>>

Van Ditthavong | Filmmaker

When I was 18 years old I didn’t have the courage to pursue what I really wanted to in college, but instead I stuck it out and got a business degree. Even though I secretly pined to be the next Emily Dickinson, Charles Bukowski, or Edgar Allen Poe – I knew the realities and blamed it on circumstance, laziness and wishful thinking. When I was 25 years-old I didn’t have the passion, so I quit my corporate job and spent the next decade trying to find it – working as a busboy, a floral designer’s assistant, a men’s magazine writer, a delivery person, a caretaker, and then an editorial photographer. Read more>>

Fletcher Jones | Actor, Model, Recording Artist, & Software Engineer

I always had a passion for the arts. As a kid I used to love my music classes, I was lucky to take piano and choral classes at a young age. I also picked up the trombone for a very short time. When I was a bit older, I discovered a love for theatre, and performed in many plays. When I got to college however, I abandoned the arts to focus on academics and to spend time aligning myself with organizations that would allow me to enjoy a good future and career as an adult. However, upon moving to Los Angeles post-graduation, the creative spirit of the city reeled me in. I met so many talented people during my first year who both encouraged me to share my gifts and gave me the tools to begin to succeed in the entertainment industry. Read more>>

Myra Choo | Music Producer and Violinist

Pursuing the arts is a need more than a want. When I was 13, I started to realise that music to me was more than a hobby and a skill. I spent so much of my time thinking about it, it became hard to imagine a happy future without doing music. Taking your art and making it into your career is definitely challenging. However, what ultimately drove me to pick music as my career, was knowing that my passion would push me to be able to overcome all those difficult odds. Read more>>