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.

Olivia Perez | Performance Artist

I pursued a creative path in life first, as a way to express or explain things that would otherwise remain intangible. As a child I was never too interested in anything that did not ignite some sort of creative inspiration or spark of invention. I have always gravitated towards things mysterious and fantastical but also things in life that are challenging or even disturbing to look at. Those things in the end, I believe force one to take a deeper look at life and self. I think it is a good idea to balance the allure of magic with the disappointments, the crudeness, and the follies of reality . That way the magic of life is never spoiled on being too quixotic or idealistic. Art is a good way to express many things without diluting a pure message with erroneous explanations. Read more>>

Graham Jewell | Creative Director + Artist

Going into a creative career was never really something I saw as a negotiable. My brain works in ways that are totally integrated within being creative and creating. Analytical approaches to things were never + still aren’t my cup of tea, though it is necessary for a lot of work that I do. I knew I had the eye for aesthetic and art, and it just came down to finding a position that I could utilize that unapologetically. Read more>>