We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Garrett Wheeler | Singer/Songwriter

Growing up I had always been exposed to art and music, especially music. I went to my first concert when I was 4 and have always had a huge love for it. There was one moment in particular that made me pursue it as a viable career. When I was 13 me and my parents went to a music festival at Candler Park in Atlanta to go see a band that me and my dad had recently gotten into; Lucero out of Memphis, TN. They were even better live than they were on their records, but this concert was far different than any of the ones I had gone to before. Read more>>

Lila Mitchell | Brand Designer + Owner of Calor Creative

I grew up in an artistic household. My mom went to SCAD for painting, and my dad was a super talented ceramicist. I grew up with crayons in my hands and have been creating for as long as I can remember! In college, I was kind of all over the place. I changed my major five times. I was good at Biology in high school and really thought I was going to be a marine biologist. Sophomore year, I was in Chemistry and would walk back to my car past UGA’s art school, Lamar Dodd, with my friend every day. Read more>>

Amanda Vezendy | Balloon Artist

I have always enjoyed creating in my life. Growing up I would often find ways to create and express myself whether by painting, embroidery, drawing or sewing. Even now I like to use my free time painting large murals on my walls or crafting personalized gifts for family members. After graduating with my degree in engineering and physics, art became even more of a relaxing past time. During the day I create and design but with very rigid rules, when I get to do balloon installations the rules get thrown out the door and I get to express myself, I find the freedom of art so therapeutic. Read more>>

Jeff Ruby | Singer-Songwriter

I’ve always enjoyed performing and creative writing. At an early age, I was performing in choirs, musicals, and plays. Music was a big part of my life growing up. I have an older brother who introduced me to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and other bands from that era. We had many hours of chores growing up on a farm in rural Indiana and I always had a Walkman with cassette tapes while I was working. I studied business in college, but I still wanted to perform. I messed around with a guitar a little in college. I didn’t start writing songs until I was out of college. As an introvert, being able to create and express myself through songwriting and performance is a form of catharsis. Read more>>

Mickey Busch | Professional Makeup Artist

I pursued an artistic career because, for me, there is no other option. I am only interested in having enjoyable experiences in this lifetime, so I chose a career that I thought would be boundlessly fulfilling. Read more>>

Dane Jefferson | Artist

I think there are two kinds of careers. You either stumble into one or you purposefully inject yourself into one. I have chosen my career. My career started with a talent and that talent got me praise as long as can remember. Then it’s time to go to college and I chose the major that would continue that stream of affirmation. Then there comes this point when you ask yourself, “What are trying to do?” and “How do you plan to do it?”. I did’t really have an answer. The only response I had was to keep doing it and see where it goes. Read more>>

Mark Wallace Maguire | Author/Videographer/Creative Collaborator

I have innately been an artist throughout my life, working in multiple mediums. Graduating with a degree in English, there were not many opportunities to channel my creativity. After a fruitless attempt at making it in the music industry, I landed in journalism. I worked in news for 10 years and then segued into magazines where I finally was able to channel more of my artistic flair through creative nonfiction, art direction, and graphic design. Read more>>

Tyra Brady | Salon Owner, Stylist & Extension Specialist

I’ve always been a creative person and never saw myself with a traditional 9-5 job. When I dropped out of college I didn’t know what direction to go. After a friend suggested becoming a hair stylist I never looked back. I loved how inspiring the environment of a salon was and how furthering my education in the hair industry allowed me to travel and network with some of the top stylist in the country. I love creating beautiful things and this career allows me to make wearable art everyday! Read more>>

Snapz Official | Musician & Entrepreneur

I know this is going to sound all too familiar, but I did not get a very good support system growing up. I was often made fun of for having different thoughts or liking certain music or shows. So, in a sense I was actually afraid of pursing my dreams. I thought I could live working in an office or doing security, but I felt like I was literally dying watching the days go by week after week. It definitely paid the bills, but my true passion is Art. I love all kinds of Art music film modeling it’s a way I can express MYSELF. If I could tell my younger self anything it would be don’t be afraid to be yourself. The world has a million of the same things be that person who stands out. Read more>>

Jocelin Williams | PRO Hair and Makeup Artists

I really had no choice but to. As a only child with limited friends, I found myself picking up alot of hobbies. I learned how to sew. I learned how to draw. I picked up on doing hair and playing with my mom’s make up and anything else I could get my hands on. From science projects to pretty much creating aything that would keep me busy. Over the years I learned to perfect those hobbies that I had as a kid, by going to a performing arts middle school to moving to New York to go to fashion high school and eventually going to beauty school. Read more>>

Kady-Ann Blake | Entrepreneur, Artist, Lash Technician & Full-Time Student

I’ve always been the child that couldn’t choose one thing and hated taking orders from anyone other than my Parents. Whether it be music & dance, fashion, beauty, writing and even nature—I loved it all and I did it all. I imagined myself being a master of all things and showcasing it for my living. As I got older, I tried the more traditional route, with the end goal of scoring a high paying salary being a lawyer or accountant. I found myself unhappy and would turn to things I enjoyed in my childhood to get relief. Read more>>

Khadijah Janee’ | Founder & CEO of Khandid Productions

I pursued a creative career pathway because that is all I’ve ever known. Since a young age, creativity and imagination were instilled in me to allow me to dream beyond the typical American Dream. At a very young age, I fell in love with television and video production. I remember watching The Wiz for the first time and thinking, wow, I wonder how this production was brought together. From then, I decided to pursue creative writing to one day become a filmmaker myself. Read more>>

Neil Jensen | Animation film maker / Storyteller

This is something that I have always known. I grew up involved with a local community theater in Salt Lake City, UT, and that very much had a big influence on my decision to pursue animation and film making. There was something interesting to me watching a production come together from nothing, and then having the finished project realized for the run of the show. I now go through that same process, on a much smaller scale, to get from my small idea to a finalized animation, and it is always gratifying to have the finished piece. Read more>>

ROD | Artist

I’ve been an artist my whole life and was very active as a youth. After College life got in the way and I stopped creating art for many years. I switched gears and I became a professional artist in 2016 after 15 years of working a job. I was at a low point in my life. I’d been working a career that reached its peak and I was depressed. I struggled with anxiety and outside of the mental health finally my physical body started to fail me. I lost my way completely. Read more>>

DEE MO | RECORDING ARTIST

Honestly I didn’t pursue music. Music just came to me, if you know what I mean. Everywhere I went had 2 things 1 Dancing and 2 cyphers. Read more>>

Egypt Thomas | Photographer, Set Designer & Balloon Stylist

The beauty in pursuing an artistic/creative career is the freedom it gives me to express myself and the excitement in seeing the creation come to life. It just comes so naturally! I love how there’s no limitations or right or wrong way when it come to creating. I firmly believe in the saying “If you do what you love, it’ll never feel like work.” Read more>>

Tempestt(PEASIS) Edwards | Designer, Yoga enthusiast, Motivator and lover of people

I chose a creative and artistic path because it was the only way that I felt comfortable expressing myself, and possibly being able to make a living. I wasn’t confident in a lot of abilities but i always had a way with my clothes. Read more>>

Alexis Williams | CEO & Creative Designer

I know this may sound very cliché, but I didn’t choose a creative career, it chose me. Growing up I seen other females my age do makeup, hair, and nails but I never was creative in that area. Instead after one random day, my mom asked me to create a logo for an upcoming project and she was blown away and encouraged me to learn more about graphic design so I can take it to the next steps. I always designed my flyers/logos, but I never thought about how I could make money from it; so that’s exactly what I did…became self-taught doing graphics on the side for people all around. Since then, I have been the head designer for my clothing brand, Compassion The Brand with no outside help. Read more>>

Randal Jackson | Creator – Story Artist – Illustrator – Writer

I chose a creative career because I grew up watching anime, reading comic’s, watching Spike/Tarantino movies and I knew as a kid that I wanted to create these things I watched. Your imagination is one of the greatest tools you have. You imagine everything in your day to day life. My imagination is valued greatly, it fuels my creativity and my art. Without that I wouldn’t be where I am today. I had regular jobs where I would write lines in my head and mumble them to myself and people would think I was talking to them (laughs). My lunch breaks were spent drawing and creating the world I saw in my head. I pushed myself to get into a career where I could do these things. Being in a field where I can express myself artistically is truly a blessing. Read more>>

Jackelynne Damota | Artist & Small Business Owner

So even though I was introduced to art at a very young age and immediately fell in love with it, it was never something I considered a job per se, I always viewed art in any way in my life as a hobby, but never as something that I could make money from. Then, in 2020 a few months before I graduate high school covid hit, and I just felt like everything I considered “normal” had changed, then I found myself on my first job, constantly working and always too tired to do anything come the weekends, never having time to do any of the things I loved the most, and I just knew that that wasn’t how I wanted to live for the rest of my life. Read more>>

RTX Peso | Musician

I pursued my music career to be a voice for the outcasts, whether within or outside of themselves. With monotony emphasized in mainstream music today, I feel honesty, character, and integrity is too easily lost. Read more>>