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.

Inga Demetryan | Dancer, Choreographer & Dance Instructor

The moment I connected to the art of dance the world around me stopped. I was consumed with the passion and joy each step brought. Dance allowed me to be myself and express my inner being with the language of movement. Dance is like a meditation that connects the body, mind and soul with the energy of sound. It’s as though you hear the music and energy flows from your body expressing pure feelings of life. As you glide across the floor there is nothing except you, it’s the pure moment of being in the now. The feeling is incredible and there is nothing better that I’ve ever experienced. Dance is pure joy, it is love. As I grew older and I perfected this unique art I learned that there is nothing more profound and beautiful than to allow the expression of life through movement. I am honored that dance chose me and I am able to give back through my expression of heartfelt emotion. Read more>>

Sophia Gascoigne | Dancer, Actor, Singer

At the age of 2, my mum had took me to my Auntie’s dance school, where I competed in many competitions and received awards for my skills as a dancer. Soon after I was accepted in to one of Britain’s elite ballet companies, The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (NYB), where I won the choreographer award in recognition for my artistic innovation, which was presented by Frank Freeman. My experience at NYB inspired me to do this as my career, and I wanted to go after my dream even more. I auditioned for Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, England, where I gained a scholarship at age 13. I became heavily invested with the arts, that before I had finished high school, I already decided that I wanted to attend AMDA College of the Performing Arts (American Musical and Dramatic Academy). I was offered early acceptance at the age of 15, on their Music Theatre B.F.A Degree course with a scholarship. Read more>>

Dan Hodges | Character Designer, Animator & Producer

I was the art kid in school. I discovered I was really talented with photography. I worked at a local photo museum, in Massachusetts, and maintained the dark room throughout high school. I shot a lot of editorial photography, and was always trying to recreate shoots from W-Magazine and other colorful fashion spreads. I originally went to business school for my 1st year of undergrad, at Tulane, and loved New Orleans. But, I missed creating and transferred to Parsons School of Design, and for 4 years I lived the New York hustle. While in Design school, I was first interested in collaborative creative teams for nonprofits. But, I began to pick up more illustration classes during my foundation year. I was always drawing throughout childhood and have been fascinated by an encyclopedia of cartoons and animated movies released to date. Read more>>

Alejandra Ochoa | Esthetician

After high school, I struggled to find something that I was passionate about that I could turn into a career. I would see my friends and family going to universities and pursuing “adult jobs”, and I felt pressure to find a similar career path. I didn’t end up finishing school because I couldn’t find what really called me. That led to me jumping from job to job trying to figure out what I liked. I was unhappy working office jobs, and sitting at a desk. It just wasn’t for me. I finally sat down with myself and thought about what I really loved and what really spoke to me. Growing up I always struggled with my skin. I had cystic acne, and that really affected my self esteem when I was younger. Because of that, I’ve always been into skin scare. Because my mother struggled with the same issues when she was younger, she always passed on her knowledge to me. Read more>>

Jamil Jones | Videographer & Vibes Curator

I began my artistic career as an outlet for self expression and a tool to rationalize my existence. I am a very introspective person and the ability to create has afforded me the ability to show my soul to the world – and that’s very fulfilling. Admittedly, much of my creative journey is rooted in a sort of selfish/selfless dichotomy. I have an immense passion for using my skills to help others bring their own vision to life, but each new project I take on presents itself as a step toward my own personal goal. What is that goal? I seek immortality. I truly believe that we live forever through our creations and I view each of my creations as a way to solidify my legacy in this world. Whether it be my videography, music, or photography, every one of my artistic outlets allow me to document my mind, my heart, and soul for future generations to experience. I find immense beauty in that. Read more>>

Erica Wall | Arts Educator, Arts Administrator & Curator at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MCLA

I chose a career in the arts because the arts are what I am most passionate about. It’s not about the money, it’s about what drives me and what keeps interested, and wanting to explore what more I can do and contribute to the field. What I understood, when I first started out, about what the art world was and how I fit into it has changed significantly over time. Only through experience and working in the field was I able to really discover what I wanted to do, how my work would impact the field and how to navigate that journey. There is no set path. There are recommended paths that we have been taught will take us to certain places, help us achieve certain jobs in the art field, create the “success” artists are told to strive for but, in the arts, there are no gaurantees or certainties that lead the way, like in other professions, such as law, engineering, an the like. I have enjoyed finding my way and being more comfortable with the uncertainty of a career in the arts. Read more>>

Kim Mock | Photographer

I pursued an artistic and creative career because it helps me deal with my depression and anxiety among many other things. I was drawn to photography after my father passed away and it brought me peace and healing. It was a way for me to throw my everything into something so I didn’t have to think about all of the awful things happening around me. After that it kind of just stuck, I love taking photos, of anything really, it brings me immense joy. Read more>>

Lola Rose | MUA / Educator / Drag Artist

Growing up gay and the only son in a second generation Chicano family in Southern California was the darkest time of my life. From youth to my mid-twenties, the omnipresent pressure to succeed and defy socioeconomics while maintaining a calm and confident “machismo” disposition was often times suffocating. With my “dirty 30” rapidly approaching, I was in the best shape of my life, about to be engaged, professionally successful and yet I was on the verge of asphyxiation. You see, the only time I found myself able to breathe freely was when I was alone. In secret, creating. Creating an ever evolving piece of moving art. A passion project that housed every ounce of heartache and regret in my life. A meticulously crafted self-portrait that inevitably saved my life. When I created Lola Rose, my drag persona I was finally able to inhale all of the pain of my adolescence and exhale joy. The birth of Lola Rose not only granted me the strength and confidence to finally live my truth but it also allowed me the first-hand perspective on how the transformative power of drag can bring an abundance of happiness and to so many people. Read more>>

Jordan Curls | Singer & Lyricist

The way I see it, we all have the choice to embody the creation in which we live. That said, the career I chase was never going to be the death of my creativity. Ironically, the symphonic sounds and visions that propelled my imagination as a child manifests a good lot of the life I live now. The unfortunate thing is that most of us aren’t granted that precious freedom which is self expression or empowerment, I think maybe that’s what inspires the unstifled to push even more limits and break greater boundaries. I know for myself the creation that drives my music, art, dance, fashion, writing & literature, and even nature literally keeps me going lol. That is what I see as the heartbeat to my life. So simply put, I pursue living in creation (or a creative career) because life teaches me to live the way I imagined. If that makes any sense. Read more>>

Ryan Lewis | Graphic Designer & Fine Artist

Don’t be an artist, you’ll never make any money! It’s the age old phrase every aspiring artist hears, at some point, on their path to a creative career. When I was first told being an artist wasn’t a lucrative endeavor, I shrugged, because as a child art was about coloring outside the lines and exploring every inspiration. There was no dollar sign attached to the haphazard crayon scribbles or the carefully shaded pencil drawings. It was creating to create, and in this case money had no part in that process. Obviously, as I got older my mindset shifted, and that green paper I scorned as unimportant in my young age, became a reality in my budding adulthood. And oh, how my mind raced with the possibilities. I went through a myriad of careers in my head between high school and throughout college, first landing on being an architect (until I realized math and I were mortal enemies), a graphic designer, a painter, an animator, a story artist, and finally meandering back into graphic design. Read more>>

Jestin/Devary Brown/White | Podcasters

JB-I perused a creative career because I feel it’s the best way to express myself and also a way for me to feel free. To create something and then share it with the world can yes be very scary, but also its very exciting and exhilarating to me. Dev- In his first school play, “Frog and Toad are Friends” at the age of six, Dev knew that he wanted to pursue a career being expressive in a creative way. He’d often get in trouble in school for being quite talkative, but instead of allowing that to suppress his voice, he made sure to combine his passion for creative arts and communication to embark on the fulfilling journey of co-hosting #SlickTalk Podcast. Creating thought provoking and important content that encourages taboo, yet necessary, conversations is what drives him in every creative endeavor. Read more>>

Bylle Stasi | Permanent Make-up Artist

Creativity is as normal to me as breathing. I can’t imagine being in a situation where I wasn’t free to try new ideas. If I was an accountant, I’d probably make a mess of my personal life because I would need some sort of egress. Read more>>

Kristian Taylor | Musician & Actor

I pursued an artistic creative career because it’s one of the first things in my life that I connected with on a “spiritual” level. It took me somewhere beyond this realm and showed me things about my self that I don’t think I would have been aware of had it not been for digging deep into creativity and expression. There’s something really fantastic about taking something that you saw with your minds eye and figuring out how to materialize it for the world around you to enjoy. Read more>>

Ruben Ureña | Music Artist & Music Producer

That’s a good question. It all stems from an early age. My dad was an artist back in the 70s, he was part of the pantheon of amazing up-and-coming vocalists from that era in Mexico, Not only was he a vocalist but he was proficient in piano, guitar, and bass. I’m sure he would’ve left a greater musical footprint if he didn’t sacrifice his musical career to take care of us, but his legacy doesn’t end there. My upbringing consisted of my dad introducing me and the rest of my siblings to the world of music. Long story short, music became a centerpiece of my life and it wouldn’t have happened without my dad. At 14 years of age, I picked up two music-making programs one was called Kristal Audio engine, a defunct production suite and the predecessor to the now known Studio One. At the time, I used to write and record songs with my guitar, mostly rock, ambient, experimental songs most of which I was hoping to release with a full band. I was also frontman for a couple of bands in HS. Read more>>

Yvette Borja | Movement Lawyer and Podcaster

Legal thinking is binary in many ways and the arguments that can be made through the law are limited. My podcast is a way to explore the historical and social contexts of judicial decisions, legislation and politics, archive the fierce resistance occurring in the US/Mexico borderlands and imagine a better future in ways that are not constricted by the practice of law. Read more>>

FayJay Phaedon Star and Jeff West | Art For Kids and Kids at Heart

“If my choice is between being unhappy bringing someone else’s dreams to life and being unhappy bringing my own dreams to life, then I’d rather give myself a chance.” This was the thought process that led me to forge a path where art and entrepreneurship walk hand in hand and help each other out. I grew up in a context where my options as a flamboyantly creative individual were limited. People would tell me “There’s no bread in art,” meaning that if I became an artist (i.e. a painter; that being the only definition of an artist) I would starve. Who wants to starve? I wasn’t born into money. I knew what wanting meant. I went abroad to study Fine Arts, but quickly became disillusioned with the limited practical applications of what I was being taught and ended up switching to Film Studies, or Audiovisual Communications. I spent a long time trying to find a plausible job description that could feed me, as well as accommodate all these buckets of creativity I carry within my wee body. I didn’t seem to fit anywhere, faced unemployment a few times too. Read more>>

Bethany Rose | Singer and Fine Artist

It’s funny, but since I was a child I knew that I wanted to sing, and not just “sing” but make it a career. Coming from a small town in Iowa, I wasn’t sure how that was going to happen, but the desire was in my heart so strongly, I felt called to it. In addition, I always loved to draw and create art since I can remember. At the end of the day, I have balanced working a number of jobs (where I wasn’t able to be so creative), while figuring out how to get my own businesses going. It has not been easy, but I am not the kind of person that can’t sit around and let the calling in my heart, die. I am a creative person through and through and it brings me so much joy to do what I love. Read more>>

Christine Lau | Industrial Designer and Owner of Clau

Growing up, I have always loved to draw and make things, like knitting scarves and sewing bags. At the time, I didn’t think I could pursue a career with it. After high school, while I was majoring in business, I did take a few art and photography classes. It was then that I rediscovered my love of art and design. Those classes were the catalyst that took me on the adventure of taking more art and design classes. I also reached out to my sister (who’s an architect) to talk about the possible variety of art and design majors that are available. She then introduced me to the discipline of Product Design, offered as a major at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA). With that discovery, I knew it was time to pursue my journey into design. Read more>>

Diego Juarez | Artist & Poet

It was a difficult choice for me to decide to pursue a creative career. As a teenager, I dreamed of becoming a professional artist with commercial success, but my fear of failure made that seem like an unattainable fantasy. I lacked the self-confidence and wherewithal to imagine what my path as an artist could look like when I was picking colleges. I went through a large portion of my undergraduate education prioritizing practicality above all else to ensure my security, even when I knew it was not what I wanted. The turning point for me was when I redefined my idea of success. The professors and graduate students I worked with in college were artists that came from diverse backgrounds and were in varying stages in their career. What they had in common was their commitment to creating great artwork. That was their definition of success. Seeing artists that were intellectual, passionate, and rejected capitalism inspired me. Read more>>

Nina Hirten | Cinematic Editor, Singer, Multimedia Artist

The short answer is because I have to! Creating is in my blood, and I get very depressed if I don’t feel like I can get that creative outlet. Pursuing a career in the arts is the only guaranteed way for me to be able to make the art and sustain myself and my family. Read more>>

Coco Lafousfous | Aerialist, Choreographer, Producer, Cirque Fitness Professional

There was never any hope for me to live a normal existence. Growing up in a single parent family of 8 I had to fight to stand out and get attention. After being diagnosed with ADHD, I was sent to Charter Arts schools in the hopes that I would learn how to live with my disability. For better or worse, what I ended up learning was how viable an arts career can be, and the wide range of what an Artist can do. After moving out to Los Angeles I discovered Aerial dance at the famous Aeriform Arts and immediately fell in love. I began studying everything I could about Aerial dance, began choreographing, directing, and even learned the ropes of producing Aerial Theatre. I was even fortunate enough to work on two Hollywood Fringe festival shows (Dorothy & Alice, Cirque du Giselle). Helping to pave the way for new forms of theater. While my artistic career has had it’s slumps, there is no doubt in my mind that I could possibly do anything else for a living. Even as the entertainment industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, there is nothing else that brings me to life like the Arts. Read more>>

Alan Corvaia | 98% Original Artist

I’m intrigued… I don’t know a lot about anything and I’m curious about everything, about the perceptions and beliefs we create for ourselves, the situations that we drive ourselves to, our human consciousness and beyond. Why are there some many rules? Why do people live most of their lives based out of fear? Can we do anything to change this? I want to enlighten this world with love, and I strongly believe that by becoming in touch with our creativity we can learn to see pass these fears, ideologies and stigmas that separate us from each other and tune into wavelength that bounds us all together. I want to bring light to those who surround me. I want us both to solve the problems to our endless questions. I want to demonstrate you that anything you can think of is within your reach. But most importantly, I want us to thrive together with the love that we share for one another, that love that is born within and allows us to live in a perpetual state of bliss, we call the present moment. This is the reason for what I pursue what I do. Read more>>

Magely Martinez | Filmmaker

I guess I could say I’ve always had that creative bone in me. Something about me is that I went to college to follow my passion to study film and be part of creating stories that can impact people. What I never knew is that I was always making some kind of “show” when I was younger and I always found a way. My mom would tell me how I was always up to something new like making “commercials” with my dad’s camera, little shows with my cousins, or always falling in love with the newest movie on a VHS or DVD. They always say that media is following you but I always felt like I was following it. It was always the stories that motivated me and gave me that euphoric feeling after watching a movie. It was that sensation of leaving the theaters after a good movie and the inspiration to take on whatever comes my way. I wanted and still want to do the same thing. I wanted to understand how such amazing films were made, how it went from just becoming a thought to a visually compelling story to share with others. That’s why I decided to invest in an artistic career. Read more>>

Richard Krevolin | Story Doctor and Visual Artist

I couldn’t imagine sitting in a cubicle or office in a tie doing some stultifyingly boring work. I knew I had to carve out a life where I could be creative and happy. Read more>>

Andrew Acedo | Events & Outreach Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and Filmmaker

I think art is one of the most powerful tools in creating change, initiating conversations about important issues, providing solace to those going through tough times, opening minds about different cultures, experiences, perspectives, etc. and letting people know that they’re not alone on their respective life journeys. Much of what I’ve learned about being a decent human and treating others with respect and kindness comes from lessons that have been ingrained in me through consuming art. For those reasons, I believe that being an artist is as noble of a profession as any, and I’m honored to be a part of that work as both a professional in the industry helping make filmmaker’s dreams come true and a writer/director making films myself. Read more>>

Mat Dann | Comedian & Writer

I was an EMT in the city of Boston for almost 8 years while attempting to figure out how to become a comedian. I liked working on an ambulance, I enjoyed helping people and didn’t feel anxiety in high stress situations; delivering 3 baby’s, controlling bleeding with stab or gunshot wounds and really anything and everything else you could think in of almost a decade of emergencies. But I didn’t LOVE the job. In fact, I can’t remember ever loving any job I’ve ever had and for me that was an issue. But when I’d punch out of work that’s when I start to get excited. I’d rush home, change and hit the open mics, improv or stand up shows. I’d travel from Boston to New York on a weekly basis, hopping on a Grey Hound bus for 4 hours to do a 5-15min set or 10-20min improv show and then sprint back across the city to catch the last bus back to home. I’d sleep as much as possible on the bus and head straight to work from Union Station and… I loved it. I can’t say when it was that I realized this but soon thereafter I decided I needed to make this my career. Read more>>

Jennifer Ellé Boudreau | Visual Artist

I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon, and apparently the creative bug never left me since. I drew on almost any surface available to me, whether just for the exploration of making something, or to access a flow state while taking notes class, or to express a feeling. For a while, I thought I would be able to channel my creativity into a career as a writer, and though it’s something that I still have a great love for, I found that doors kept opening up for pursuing art instead. I began to see what happened when people experienced my art—sometimes delight or wonder, sometimes a deeper feeling that tugged at the soul—and that began to drive me to take steps to becoming a freelance artist. Whenever someone tells me about their experience with my art—especially if I’m crafting a piece personally for someone as a commission—I feel like I’m giving a unique gift, and that’s an addicting feeling to me. Read more>>

Alyson Souza | Fine Artist

I never had any dreams of being anything other then an artist. Upon graduating from art school I really had no plan. I decided to be an artist meant continuously creating art so that is what I did. I also set my mind toward trying to improve with every piece. With output there must be input so it seemed the best thing I could do was to experience as many new people and places as I could on the little money I made. This period of my life influenced my work greatly. I made sure that that most of the jobs I had were largely creative in nature. I worked as a printmaker in New York and printed the etchings of a number of well known artists. As long as I can use my hands and tools, I am generally happy while working. I don’t consider being an artist to be so much of a choice. it’s more of a compulsion. Read more>>

Leah Ramillano | Scenic Designer, CAD Drafter, Storyteller

I’ve always steered toward artistic and creative hobbies, like drawing, sculpture, poetry, etc–but I grew up within a culture that revered it, but didn’t entirely see it as a career choice, so I pretty much continued doing artistic things without any real purpose of pursuing it. In retrospect, floating around doing what you love but not believing that you should be kept me in a sort of internal limbo. I had no idea what I really wanted to do and I could never picture my life in the future, and when you can’t picture (or plan) your future, you generally feel really stuck accomplishing short-term goals for short-lived gratification. For some reason, I could never see myself beyond 18 years old. Then, in college at the University of Redlands, I found set design and theatre classes that fit into my schedule, so I figured, “Why not?” Around 2 weeks into my college experience, my dad unexpectedly passed. Read more>>

David Beery | Steel Drum & Handpan Tuner

I didn’t really know what kind of career to pursue in high school but I loved music. So, I decided to get a music degree. In college (CSU Long Beach) I joined the steel drum band. I loved it! And I loved all of my music classes. However, I didn’t really want to teach. As time passed, I became interested in making steel drums. A friend and I geeked out about it and we tried making a few of our own steel drums – just for fun. Steel drums were very rare back in the early 1990’s. There was no internet, no websites, and no PayPal. If you wanted to buy a steel drum, you had to order one from Trinidad (via a risky wire transfer) or find a tuner in the USA. But there were only a handful of tuners in the USA. After learning to make a few steel drums, people started to ask if I could make one for them. It took YEARS to learn the craft. It is not easy and requires a lot of dedication. I found myself in a position that was good for business. Low supply and high demand. I started to get orders from schools and universities. This is what compelled me to start my own business. Read more>>

Julie Kornblum | Artist & Designer

Pursuing an artistic/creative career was almost not a choice. I was one of those kids who was always making things, and I never felt a pull to do any other kind of work. Read more>>

Tierra POCA Parham | Dance Choreographer/ Teacher

As a young girl in School , I would always find myself in a daze going over dance steps . I would constantly look out the bus or car window and invision myself performing on stages. It wasn’t just dance that really sparked my brain and intrigued my soul but it was the one activity that really captured me all the way into my adulthood . So it just made sense to continue my passion into a career. Read more>>

Alexandrina André | Director, Writer, Actress

I became a filmmaker because it’s apart of my life’s purpose. I’ve loved making art from a young age because it’s a way for me to express myself through film, writing, acting, etc. I realized that many people, including myself, would get influenced by films and tv shows they watched, and I wanted to have that same influence. I communicate with the world through my films. I want people who watch my movies to see a story that they’re not used to seeing, something that could add color, and inspire them the same way I get when I watch an Ava DuVernay film. Being creative is a powerful gift, but it isn’t always easy. I have gotten some flak for some of the topics that I tackle in film, one man even called one of my stories “propaganda” but that doesn’t stop me. Movies and art aren’t always flowers and rainbows it can also be uncomfortable and disturbing. Like Bansky states, ” Art should comfort the disturb and disturb the comfortable.” Read more>>

Justin Crowe | Cinematographer

Even from a young age I have always felt a sense of fulfillment from being creative. Whether I was a kid building with Legos or a cinematographer shooting a commercial, any form of creative thinking gave me joy. I believe what it really boils down to is this sense of fulfillment from taking an idea in your head and seeing it come to life as something physical that you can share with others. I started shooting and developing 35mm film in high school and fell in love with capturing images. That quickly lead to me borrowing my parents video camera and I started learning to make short films. At the time had no idea I could make a career out of it, I just truly loved creating in that medium. Artistic and creative careers can be really tough. There’s no set hours and no guarantee you’ll find work. To be completely honest I didn’t know half of the challenges I would face taking a creative career path when I decided to pursue becoming a cinematographer, but ultimately it was that love and fulfillment from being creative that outweighed the challenges I’d face. Read more>>

Randy Corron | Hip-Hop Artist, Actor, & Content Creator

I chose to pursue a creative career to help represent youth in minority communities. Music, Television and film are some of the most influential things in America. We receive our news, entertainment, and a great deal of our perspective from the media we consume. Therefore, being able to help control the narrative is a way to help accurately depict the lives and truth of minorities. I also want to show Black youth that they are free to be whoever they want to be and to not be bonded by these systematic chains that have been holding back for centuries. The same way Black Panther showed Black kids that they can be a superhero. I want to create and perform art that Black kids can not only relate to but be inspired by. I chose to pursue a creative career because we live in a society that continues to tell minorities that they are interior, and sometimes being able to see someone who looks like them on a screen can show them that they are worth more than society will tell them. Read more>>

Krystal Knight | Producer / Director

I pursued a creative career because I’ve always been stimulated by the arts, and its ability to transport myself or anyone else into another place. Whether it be music or film, entertainment has been something I’ve been exploring since childhood and as I grew older, my imagination and curiosity only expanded, thus influencing me to explore the industry, specifically production, even further. I love the creative process, from inception to execution. There’s something extremely gratifying about taking something that only existed within the confines of my mind, to life for the world to see. Read more>>

Joré Aaron | Actor & Artistic Consultant

I always knew that whatever work I did in my life, it would be in service to and in collaboration with people. Finding my artistic voice and the agency I found in my own creativity made it very easy to realize the necessity of engaging with one’s own creativity and to also collaborate and witness others’. Creative work is essential–it affects how one perceives the world and the person they are within it. It allows people to acknowledge how their creativity can be actualized and impactful in the world. I can’t really picture myself doing anything else in my life because art is such a massive part of my identity. I also am encouraged and inspired to support and assist others in keeping in touch with and having claim over their art, in whatever capacity/medium they choose it to be in. That is also part of my desire in seeking justice and equity in the world. So, an artistic/creative career allows me to express myself in a multitude of ways as my livelihood, while also allowing me to connect and protect other artists in order to create impactful change in the world at large. An irresistible way of living. Read more>>

Michael Flechtner | Artist With a Specialty Working With Neon

For me it wasn’t so much of a pursuit as it was a continuation of my creative activities starting at a very early age. I’ve pretty much always drawn, painted, wrote, made things from various materials and found objects, Plus, I’ve always had a fascination with electricity, mechanical objects, colored light, fire. magnetism, flight, water, chemistry, science and physics and have performed science experiments with various combination of those things I was fascinated by. I did undergo a formal art education culminating in both a Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Sculpture and painting, to help develop my creative reach, physical mastery and expression. For me…seriously, what I do now is almost exactly the same as then…except now I make money, get more praise and occasionally make the news!. Read more>>

Brooklyn Jones | Comedian

I chose a creative career because the most important thing in life is happiness. Money can’t make you happy unless you’re already happy within. Being creative makes me happy. Getting paid for it is the icing on the cake. There is nothing more rewarding than creating something. Having an idea in your head and making it into a real thing, whether it be a piece of visual art, a song, a script, a comedy set, a sketch and seeing it become a real thing. Seeing something from your mind come to life is the closest thing to magic you will ever see. You have literally made something out of nothing. Then to be able to share it with others and see them enjoy it is a beautiful thing. Imagine doing something that makes you happy, and then making others happy with the same thing. It’s a reward that gets paid forward. People sometimes take art for granted and don’t realize how healing art is. Whether you are the one creating it or the one enjoying it, it is very healing to the soul and the body as well. Read more>>

Bo Li | Sound Designer & Composer

A long long time ago, there is a village in the middle of nowhere, and there is a family, and there is a boy. The boy born with an interest in sound and music. His family followed the ancient method, they placed different elements around the boy, such as a guitar(music), a pen(writing), a ruler(math), etc. Yes, the boy picked the guitar. For him, every sound element in his life is an invisible energy. He really into how people read the sound and convert the energy in many different ways. What’s more exciting for him is he can use his magic to create sound arts and to tell the story and share it with the rest of the world. Read more>>

Brittney Crush | Recording Artist, Songwriter & Actress

When I was seven I was first introduced to stage plays and acting. Music came a few years later when I started landing roles in musicals but I remember how special the stage was for me. The angle that the seating in a theater looked from the stage, the big red curtains, and the pit was my absolute favorite part. I was just in awe at the fact that an entire orchestra would be right below your feet, narrating the show with music the entire time! I knew then, I wanted to be a live entertainer for the rest of my life. Read more>>