We asked some of the most creative folks we know to open up to us about why they chose a creative career path. Check out their responses below.

Meg Delagrange | Designer & Artist

I wasn’t smart enough not to pursue a creative career. [Insert a wink] Some days it feels stupid to paint and design things for a living, for various reasons. But at the end of the day, I know in my heart that even if I had known how challenging this career path would be and how many insecurities it would bring up for me, I know I’d still choose this. I was born Amish, into a world without color. With a curious soul and an insatiable desire to explore beyond the borders of my world, I was born with a brain that seeks out color. I was born to color the world. So how can I not? Read more>>

Amber Schwartz | Photographer & Talent Agent

When I decided to pursue photography, I didn’t set out to make it a career. I was stuck in an unfulfilling office job where I was replaceable and felt drained everyday after work. I needed a passion to help light my life up; I wanted to feel that drive and passion again. I picked up my 10 year old camera and started shooting. After the first few shoots I did at this time, I noticed that I was beaming again. I left all of my shoots smiling, I was excited and energized, and even started to regain confidence in myself after receiving such heart warming messages from my clients and models. Read more>>

Max Hendrickson | Photographer/Writer/Creative

I guess you can trace that back to when I was a kid. I was always into music growing up. I constantly joke that I was raised on Green Day and Foo Fighters instead of nursery rhymes, and my dad can attest to that. I thought it’d be cool to pursue a venture into music at first, among an artist and other things, but I gravitated a lot toward the camera. Mainly because it’s capturing a moment in time that can last forever, I guess you can say I didn’t actively pursue a career in this but it’s more of a passion that blossomed into something more, especially after shooting concerts. That was the best thing I could’ve decided to do for me. Read more>>

Anna Kizer | Wedding Florist & Freelance Designer

I have always been a creative, though what form that creativity has taken throughout my life has changed over time. Over the years I’ve expressed myself through music, poetry, storytelling, photography, digital design, and now floral design. Sometimes I think that life would be so much easier if I didn’t feel so strongly about creating — art is so personal and vulnerable, and there’s a reason that when people think of lucrative careers they never think of artists. But there are also days that remind me why I do what I do, when something I create brings a smile to someone’s face, gives them a memory they will cherish forever, or resurfaces an unspoken shared emotion. Creating almost feels like a basic need — I have to create, and I consider it a privilege to be able to nurture my creativity in my career. Read more>>

Cassidy Wilson | Wedding Photographer

For as long as I can remember, my biggest goal in life has been to be full of joy. I went to college and gained a Bachelors Degree in something that has nothing to do with being a photographer. I worked for 2 years at a typical 9-5; and while it was fun being successful and having a “degree qualified career”, I was drained every single night coming home. My photo sessions or weddings on the weekends became my source of joy. And…during my breaks at work, I was editing and researching. Read more>>

Alicia D’Elia | Elopement & Wedding Photographer

I never enjoyed doing something that required me to stay within a “box” – limitations are not for me. Pursuing a photography career has allowed me to have the freedom to do something I love while continuing to evolve. But in all honesty, I didn’t grow up expecting to run my own photography business. Once I picked up a camera enough to realize I absolutely loved to document life’s moments, there was no stopping me from turning my hobby into a career. The beautiful thing about art is that there’s no wrong way to do it and that’s what I fell in love with the most. Creating my own art while being my own boss, there’s nothing better! Read more>>

Matthew Chavez | Producer | Director of Photography | Editor

I’ve always been more interested in media content (and anything else, really) that is more original. Content and concepts that show the creators are genuinely trying to work from the heart and break the norms. It may be true that nothing is truly original anymore, but if your heart is behind an idea it will often grow into something more unique. To me, unique is entertaining and repetition is boring. Having consistent work that covers various types of people, products, industries, and media platforms keeps things interesting and fun. Going back to my early teens, I was always a photo and video hobbyist, but after college I worked my way into web and graphic design. Once I learned Flash (RIP), I started to realize how much more prominent video and animation were likely to be across online platforms. I didn’t necessarily see a big future in production, but I knew I could be even more creative and work on fun projects with good people. Read more>>