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.

DeAreya Porter | Fashionist

Fashion is the number one openly expressive type of creativity. There are no restrictions to fashion because clothes, shoes, and accessories are everywhere around us! With having so many resources I grew an adoration to the fashion world. I get a heightened sense just from being able to wear what I want. Read more>>

Jason Enrique | Podcaster

I felt like it was the only way to truly be in a state of mental positivity. Trying to live an ordinary life was actually quite depressing, so being able to use my mind for something that I’m passionate about was very liberating and the accolades from fans and peers allow me to continue having that fire and passion to keep going. Read more>>

Liliana Muntean | Photographer

Because it fulfills me. I’ve always found myself in a creative environment ever since I was a little girl, it started with drawing and painting, and photography; wasn’t until later on that my dad got me a film camera for a trip to Spain and I had found myself taking hundreds of photos, because what better way to immortalize moments than through photos or video recordings even. Read more>>

Tiffany Grimes | Writer, Book Editor, & Writing Coach

I grew up in foster care, so school was never a priority. I was behind so much and wasn’t the strongest reader, and I’d never had anyone read stories to me as a kid. We didn’t even have a television, so storytelling just wasn’t a part of my early life. But then I found a book with a character I could relate to, and stories became a safe space for me to explore emotions and problems. Fiction became my escape. Read more>>

Soufsyde P | Hip-Hop / Rap Artist

I’ve pursued an artistic or creative career because I’ve always enjoyed doing artistic things. Helping to make a beat, write a verse or song, listening to music, reciting some of my favorite songs, as well dancing from time to time. Read more>>

Flee Kay | Rapper & Entrepreneur

Somewhere between the age of 5 and my Mom’s white 1990- something Toyota Camry; I developed the ability to memorize and recite lyrics without a hitch. Honestly, I can’t recall the first song I fell in love with. It’s as if music was embedded in my DNA prior to me developing any features in my mothers womb. Read more>>

Trvpbeez | Artist/ songwriter

I have always had a creative mindset with everything I do. I try to put my own creative spin on it. What better way to spend your days than to do what you love, ya know ? Read more>>

Vinny Montague | Singer/Songwriter

I started singing and performing when I was three years old, because I had to go to my Mum’s children’s choir rehearsals–I fell in love with being on stage, and I discovered that I loved to sing! I began acting around age 7 at a local communitytheatre, The Front Porch Players and then I ended up being lucky enough to land roles with Horizon Theatre, Read more>>

Joanna Reeder | USA Today Bestselling Author

Because I learned it was possible! I have been a writer my entire life, but the grand elusive publishing contract seemed about as easy as winning the lottery. When I learned that the indie route was not only an option, but a realistic possibility, I dove right in! It has not been easy and I am still learning and succeeding and failing every day. But when I think about where I was at before I began this journey, and where I am now, it’s greater than anything I could have dreamt. Read more>>

Elle Stovall | Fashion Designer and Creative Director

For as long as I can remember I have been a creative person. As a child I was always cutting up fabric, paper, magazines or something, either making clothes, or creating some type of crafty or artistic piece, I remember one time in 5th grade I wanted to wear different earrings, so I cut various pictures out of magazines and pasted them together creating earrings adding them to my studs; Read more>>

Shameer Lorde | Artist & Entrepreneur

I have always been a creative person. My journey with music started since I was a baby. Being in the military showed me what the world was like and also how short life can be. Also, went to culinary school because that is a passion of mine. Also, I believe best way to help others is when you are authentically yourself. Read more>>