Deciding to pursue an artistic or creative career path isn’t for the faint of heart. Challenges will abound, but so many of the artists we speak with couldn’t be happier with their choice. So, we asked them about how they made the decision in the first place.

Lucy Beaugard | Artist, Writer & Photographer

It was never really a question of why, I alway sort of knew that my mind worked best when challenged with creative elements. Of course my direction has changed several times since I was a child, dabbling in writing from as early as second grade to painting by seventh and ceramics & studio art by the time I was in college. I had sort of a ‘come to Jesus’ moment when I was in my second year of studio art (with a specific focus in ceramics) realizing maybe I wasn’t going to be able to support myself as a fine artist. In turn, I fell back on my love of photography. I was always that kid carrying two to three disposable cameras and saving up to buy the next best point and shoot – so I figured, why not change my major? I guess what I’m trying to say is that I could never imagine my life working that salary 9 to 5 behind a desk, which is actually quite funny because if you think about it about 50% of the work I do is post production and is done behind a computer – but rarely at a desk, so I stand firm in that ideal. Read more>>

Lorita Travaglia | Creative Director, Ballet Master & Acupuncturist

I believe that the Arts are an integral part of our existence. We are creative beings and so much can be expressed through the beauty and truth of art. The Arts lift us out of our everyday lives and most importantly can inspire us as well as invoke emotions that we need to feel but perhaps cannot express fully. I feel that my career chose me. I have felt compelled to dance since I was four years old. It was a means of expression for me. I never doubted this calling. It did not come easy but I persisted and worked hard and the doors opened, leading me to opportunities to study at The Royal Ballet School in London. From there I was hired by the Berlin Ballet and later when I moved to the USA, by the Princeton Ballet, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and International Ballet Rotaru. My professional career spanned 22 years and since retiring from the stage I have taught ballet to all ages, started two pre professional programs. Read more>>

Tyler McCall | Tattoo Artist

Art has always been something that has been an outlet for me even at a young age. I moved a lot as a kid so art was always an escape. After high school, I went to Rocky Mountain College Of Art + Design where I graduated with a sculpture degree in ceramics. After college I took a few detours with my career before landed as a tattoo artist. Those detours were pivotal for me in realizing that a career in the art world was where I needed to be. Read more>>

Brian Koo | Director, Actor, Producer & Editor

I pursued an artistic/ creative career path because I have many ideas that I would like to share with the world. I feel like many people out there have there hopes and dreams that they wish to express to everyone but, don’t have the opportunity too. I help out anybody that wants to do anything creative or artistic. My vision is to help others express who they truly are behind there creativeness and artistic abilities. Everyone deserves a chance in the spotlight. I never would have thought that my skillset and experience will get me to where I am today. I am constantly learning and growing. I want others to follow in my footsteps so we can all leave our mark on this planet. Read more>>

Erica Abeyta | Bakery Owner & Cake Artist

Art has always been a skill and passion of mine. I have a degree in art and always pursued some sort of hobby or job that pertained to the arts. It’s what keeps my soul happy. Read more>>

Maggie Burns | Bridal and Evening Gown Designer

Art and design have always been uppermost in my mind since childhood. My mind and my personality are not wired for strict rules … I see where sometimes 1 plus 1 equals 7, making fashion design a perfect choice! My eyes see colors, shapes, and textures and how they interact with each other to make a composition. When I look at a forest, I don’t see trees, I see their odd shapes, the configuration of the branches and how they relate to the tree next to it. I see the variations in colors within the same color, Fabrics, however, were the obvious choice for my medium, as I also love the process of sewing to transform odd shapes into a beautiful garment. Read more>>

James Bohling | Artist

I began my artistic career late in life, around age 50. I’ve always loved painting but never gave it any thought as a career choice because it seemed risky. After friends convinced me to enter an art show I realize that it was worth the risk because my work was well received and painting was some thing that I truly loved. Read more>>

Geoff Gray | Recording Engineer

I was drawn to music at a very early age. I became fascinated with sound, particularly Les Paul’s unique recordings. I’m still learning and applying new recording skills and still marvel at music production. Read more>>

Perry Smith Jr. | Fashion Designer

Most importantly on why I Pursue a creative career is because I see alot of street brands out in the world but they don’t have extended sizing. I think the husky men and women don’t get the luxury of tons of street brands making close for them. Me being a bigger guy I know this first hand biggest size is usually 2xl and that 2xl fits like a large. Read more>>