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.

Anup Kulkarni | Cinematographer & VFX artist

Since childhood, my interest was wildlife photography. I remember traveling to various national parks and jungles during my childhood days to practice photography. I have also done my specialization in Tigers & Snakes of India. Later I joined the famous Visual Effects studio called Rhythm & Hues Studios and started working on Hollywood’s best films as a 3D Camera Tracking Technical Director. While working into the camera departed I learned a lot about all the latest cameras, lenses, lighting which were used in the Hollywood film industry. While being a part of the studio team, on the other side I was working on Mumbai’s old heritage architectural buildings and monuments, and that’s when I realized my heart’s inclination towards cinematography. Ever since I’ve been behind the lens capturing the world and weaving stories, one shot at a time. Read more>>

Cameron Christensen | Guitarist

Writing and playing music has been a great journey, and worth all of the ups and downs. It’s a way of expression that makes sense to me. I feel like I say more through music as an artist, than any other medium. Maybe that will change when I get older, but right now it’s all about music. Read more>>

Terrence Franklin | Writer, Lawyer, Storyteller & Performance Artist

The fact is, my artistic career is still in the process of choosing me. I was in my late forties, with a successful career as a trusts and estates litigation lawyer for nearly twenty-five years when I made a discovery that changed my life. I found the last will and testament from 1846 that my white fourth great-grandfather made that set free from slavery my fourth great-grandmother and their eight children and six grandchildren. Fortunately, at around this same time, the man who would become my husband, Jeffrey Moline, was introducing me to Nichiren Buddhism. By chanting Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, and leaning into my curiosity about that will and its meaning, I heard the voices of my ancestors, and reconnected with long suppressed childhood dreams of being an artist. Read more>>

Patrick Rivera | Photographer

I’ve always been inclined into the arts growing up. Primarily because I was exposed to a lot of Disney, Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera cartoons; and Marvel and DC comic books. I remember wanting to become either an animator or an illustrator. I had sketchbooks full of random drawings and self-created superheroes. Fortunately, I have a supportive family who have nourished me with all these visual stimulants and provided me tools to express them. I already knew back then that I would become an artist in any way or form. My heart was in it. True enough I became a graphic designer for a number of years before finally deciding to become a photographer. Read more>>

Laura Unruh | Designer and Founder

It definitely chose me. I’ve been creating since I was very young. I’d write plays and children’s stories, build forts, carve wooden small objects, play with cameras, draw, crochet, or sew. I’ve always been very hands on with things. Taking apart a VCR just to put it back was fun for me. I’ve always been very fascinated with the freedom that comes with creating or building something. When I’m able to focus strictly on design and the aspects of that creative process, it’s not work for me. Design is exciting and thrilling and filled with opportunity. I love being able to create. Read more>>

Martyn Hale | Actor

I pursued being an actor at a young age. Having no family in the business has made it extremely difficult. I decided to be an actor because it was a way for me to be someone else. I enjoy transformations and being a good actor One must learn to do so for each role. Every role is different. I got picked on in school growing up so I figured I might as well make people laugh and get paid for it by being an actor, a really good one. Read more>>

Dorothy Coleman-Pincus | Holistic Health and Wellness Life Coach & Music “Yoga Speaks Volume”

Why did you pursue an artistic or creative career? Great question, why did I pursue an artistic or creative career? You know how they say, practice makes perfect, well, my motto is, “Practice makes permanent”. Like water, artistic/creative expression is my life line. I never knew life without it. I grew up in a family musical family. We expressed ourselves with many creative ways. My very first solo was in a church choir. I must have been around four. Seeing the reaction of the crowd really had a lasting effect on my life. It was an incredible experience. Now everything I do in life is always colored with an artistic/creative tone. “You can only experience yourself; you are the only doorway through which you can experience everything”- Dorothy Pincus. Read more>>