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.

Read Lucas | Filmmaker, Photographer, Actor & Storyboard Artist

I’ve been writing scripts and making shorts since I was nine years old. Now I want to share my stories with the world. I enjoy building my friends and fellow creatives up with roles that will be vehicles for them and their careers. At the height of our success, I want us to be able to look back on a long, mutually beneficial relationship. I started Read2Reel Productions last year as my professional photography brand, but now it reaches to everything from film production to professional storyboarding. Read more>>

Sherie Nevett | Creative Director

Being a lover of art and style began as a little girl. Fast forward to the age of 15, I was a customer shopping with my mom at a women’s specialty store, when the store director approached me and shouted in excitement, ” I love your style!” She offered me a job right on the spot. That moment was confirmation and inspired me to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Read more>>

BeckyDee | Social Influencer

If you want me to be completely honest, I didn’t think I was going to get this big to social media. It started off with making TikToks for fun for my friends. Suddenly, my videos started going viral whether it was over whelming at first, but I started seeing the bigger impact of what my videos meant to people. I started getting messages from people who we’re thanking me for showing how confident I am with my body and my sexuality. Not a lot of people in my culture are very open about that. But to be a representation for the people who never seen someone that can relate to. I love showing the world that everyone is different. I love showing that not everyone is meant to look the same regardless of body shape, fashion, and sexuality. To see the smile and enjoyment people have when watching my videos is one of the biggest rewards and I am grateful for it. Read more>>

Karimah Arnea | Multifaceted Artist

For me, art was always something I found a way to include into my everyday life. Even as a kid I’d try to turn every single school project into an art project. There’s nothing I enjoy more. It just made sense for me to pursue it as a career. There’s so many things I’m able to do and enjoy doing so the options were endless. My main focuses are painting and music but I am always searching for more artsy hobbies to expand my brand. Read more>>

Core DJ Hershey | Dj, Producer & Actor

Having a gift is within all of us. It varies per person. My love for the arts made it easy to pursue. And how I can share what I can create to allow others to enjoy it as well! Read more>>

Justin Patton | Spoken Word Artist & Brand Ambassador

I decided to pursue an artistic/creative endeavor because my art, my poetry, is the one place where I can be myself. I tried my best to fit into the corporate environment, and I ended up getting fired and later laid off. After going through that I figured that if I’m not going to succeed, I’d at least rather fail on my own accord, rather than my fate being decided by anyone else. My career as a spoken word poet requires authenticity and constant self improvement. My growth as an artist is synonymous with my growth as a man, and it brings me personal satisfaction knowing that I am creating something that inspires people, while at the same time serves as therapy for me. A career in the arts allows me to utilize all of my skills. Read more>>