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.

Lindsey Miller | Hairstylist & Creative

I pursued an artistic and creative career because it aligned best with what felt the most natural for me. It’s extremely easy and natural to align ourselves with other people’s stories, struggles, and opinions. This can have an overall effect on our decisions, leading us to pursue careers that are out of our realm of interest and potential. Read more>>

Katie Evans | Home Baker & Ceramicist

I feel like it has just always been in my blood to do what I can to be creative. I go through a lot of phases where I want to learn how to do something brand new that I have never done before. It’s something I like about my personality but also get really frustrated with. I’m always wanting to learn how to make something new and there’s just something great about seeing something you have created with your own hands. Read more>>

Bre Aunna Cheeseman | Certified Esthetician & Entrepreneur

nitially, I started my career path at PIMA Medical Institute, perusing a career in the dental field. A career in the medical field was the safe option for me, job security and great benefits. Growing up in a single parent home, my mom’s approval was important to me. Being one of the first out of six kids to graduate college was a milestone I was set on reaching. Read more>>

Ellen Karis | Stand-Up Comedian, Actress. Podcast Host & Author

I grew up in a very traditional Greek-American home in New York City, where education was first and foremost. Even though as a young girl I wanted to be a “businesswoman”, there was always an artistic side brewing inside of me. I loved anything entertainment-TV, movies, music, plays-but it did not cross my mind to do it professionally until much later into adulthood. No one on either side of my family were in the arts. I graduated college with a BS in Accounting, went on to get my CPA and then MBA in Finance. Read more>>