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.

Recet | Musical Artist, Drummer, Vocalist, Composer, Audio Engineer

Music has unquestionably been my life passion since I was 10 years old. Since that realization, a route towards a different career has never been a consideration of mine. It’s all or nothing for me, and nothing is not an option – it has to work. Read more>>

Megan Robertson | Owner of Zinke Hair Studio

For as far back as I can remember, I have always thrived in a creative outlet. At the age of 3, I started dancing. Dance turned into my ultimate passion and my few lessons a week turned into lessons every day. At 12 I was sending requests to Julliard to receive their brochure. My dream was to be a professional dancer. After high school, I was accepted into the prestigious dance program at the University of Arizona. As one of 20 chosen in the country, I eagerly attended and completed my Bachelors in Fine Arts. During this program, I injured my knee and felt that I needed another creative outlet for my career as a back up plan. As a kid, I also enjoyed getting ready for shows and doing hair and makeup. Read more>>

Courtney Besser | Massage Therapist, Reiki Master practitioner, Yoga Instructor

I have always been drawn to the arts even as a child. I thank my mom for supporting me and guiding me in that direction because I was for sure a “last picked for sports in PE class” kind of gal all through school. I grew up taking dance classes, playing the piano and flute, and was involved in all the musicals in high school and college. I was also a dance major in college and danced professionally and taught dance in Chicago, so I. just always felt that going the non traditional route was how I thrived. Fast forward to me going to massage school in Chicago because I was always drawn to anatomy and kinesiology from dancing. And now 15yrs later, I still love it because I get to work with people in a unique way and also help them to feel better. Read more>>

Natalie Smith | Artist & Sign/Window Painter- Owner of Natalie’s Window Art -@natalieswindows or

I picked an artistic career because I feel like I am closest to my highest divine potential when I am creating with my magical hands. I studied illustration/painting at Utah Valley University and I have always loved the process that comes with painting and drawing. You learn a lot about patience, critical thinking. problem-solving creativity and endurance with the process that comes with producing artwork on a regular basis. The concepts you learn as you create art relate very closely to real life trails and it gives you the courage to take the next step without giving up when something isn’t quite turning out how you expected. There has been times when I wake up after I was painting in my studios into the wee hours of the night. Read more>>

Kelley Schei | Visual Artist

I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. I come from a creative family, and even my distant relatives painted, sewed, or made crafts. When I started studying art formally it just felt like my identity, and I couldn’t abandon it. Being in my studio and working through a piece is when I’m most relaxed and most myself. Having a finished piece go out into the world to become part of someone’s day if they see it in an exhibition, or a part of someone’s home if they collect a piece, is immensely satisfying. I have thought a lot about whether I am doing something that is useful enough to a world that has so many problems. In the end I think that everyone is most useful when they are using their deepest talents. Read more>>