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.

Tanisha Mackin | Ghostwriter & Publisher

I like to say that I didn’t pursue this career, but it pursued me. I had other plans for my life, but when my husband was killed on our 1 year wedding anniversary, I started writing to heal my pain. My writing turned into where I am today. I found that writing and sharing my story was very therapeutic. After I released several books, I had several people ask me to help them publish their books, so I turned my pain into a profit and purpose. I developed Tanisha Mackin Publishing, LLC to share other peoples stories through writing. Starting December 1st, I am converting my company to a full ghostwriting and publishing company. Read more>>

Ramy Ba | Hair Braider/Make-up Artist

I always love art and beauty is a form of art. I like making women feel beautiful and look beautiful.. Read more>>

Ashley Boyce | Resin Art Creative/ ABA Instructor

I’ve always loved art and what it expresses for the artist as well as the consumer. As a creative, you are inspired by someone or something and you turn that inspiration into something beautiful. As the consumer, you experience that work in the form it’s presented to you, but it might speak to you in a different way than it did to the artist or to anyone else. That’s the beauty of art and that’s something I’ve always wanted to do for others. I wanted to bring something that I curated and that spoke to me into the lives of others who are also able to look at my piece of work and it resonate with them. Read more>>

Sara McPhetridge | Newborn Photographer

I never considered myself to be creative or artistic. My husband is a landscape photographer. He got his first camera at age 16. Fast forward over 20 years later and we met on Eharmony. On our third date he stuck a camera in my hand and I was hooked! I’ve always loved working with babies and children so 5 years ago when my niece was pregnant I decided I wanted to try newborn photography. Now I love it. Creativity truly feeds the soul!! Read more>>