Artistic and creative careers are among the most rewarding, but they also come with unique challenges. We asked some of the city’s best creatives to tell us why they choose to pursue a creative career.

Wil Snyder | Pianist / Entrepreneur / Educator / Author

Simply put, because I drove myself up a wall trying my hand at I-banking, and successfully I might add. Tried sales, did the whole get my parents off my back thing. Then I started drinking a lot, to the point of oblivion and I checked myself into rehab, pulled the plug and never looked back. I didn’t get sober to die behind someone else’s dream. Read more>>

Danny Kullman | Silversmith and artist

I never felt more alive or connected to life, as when I’m creating and making art and jewelry. Read more>>

Ryan Abbot | Certified Audio Engineer & Music Producer.

I pursued a creative career path as it was always the most comfortable for me. I always had it in my mind that I would be working with music in some shape or form. Even if it meant being behind the scenes of the actual industry, I knew that music was what I wanted to do. There were obvious obstacles that come with a creative career but nothing else seems to be a good fit. Read more>>

Pierce Murphy | Musician and Graphic Designer

I think on one hand it’s an undeniable compulsion. You’re kind of afflicted with creativity as much as blessed. But it felt like a duty, also. David Bowie once said in an interview that he felt like he wanted to contribute to the culture that he operated in. The loudest voices in our culture are often not creative, or not purely so. We’re generally not driven by humanity, but by profit and profitability. And that mentality dominates so much our our way of life. I want to be a part of the alternative conversations. One that has the ability to consider things beyond their monetary potential. To hold up and help entirely different systems of value to thrive. Money is a fine tool, but if it’s your god, you’re gonna see some pretty serious problems surface. Read more>>

Lorenzo Chavez | Artist

I heard the call when i was young and answered it. Read more>>

Jennifer Lynn | Destination Wedding Photographer + Filmmaker

Art is a form of expression. I love being able to create photos and wedding films that create feeling when people view them. I want my couples to be able to look at their photos and films and remember exactly what they felt in that moment – so that they’ll never forget it. To me, it’s those little moments that mean the most in the end. I like to prioritize feelings and connection on a wedding day and take on an emotionally conscious perspective when documenting my couples. I’m there to capture not just what it looked like — but how it felt. Read more>>

elise lopez | self taught jeweler

felt like I wasn’t allowing myself to perform fully, until I found my full time creative outlet. I had always created, but never thought I could pursue it full time. I was working in a very fast paced, high stress job that was causing my chronic illness to flare more often. In 2021 I needed surgery, and this was really the point that I decided to pursue my dream full time! I’m so thankful that there has been an amazing amount of support. Read more>>