Artists and creatives face innumerable challenges given that their career path often doesn’t come with a playbook, a steady paycheck or any form of safety net. It’s definitely not easy and so we asked a few of the artists and creatives we admire to talk to us about why they chose to pursue an artistic or creative career.

James Lafleur | Tattoo artist

Like most people; I’ve worked plenty of jobs I didn’t care about just to make the bills and keep my car, my house, and the lights on. I’ve spent time in the US military, I flew R44 helicopters and earned my CFII license, I completed a NASA soldering course as well as earned a degree in Avionics and worked on Blackhawk medical helicopters. One day whilst sitting at my desk at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, I had an epiphany that I should tattoo. Tattooing found me. I’ve drawn my entire life and somehow knew this is something I should pursue. I then stumbled upon a Ted Talks that made a lot of sense to me. A guest speaker on Ted Talks said: ‘quit your job and find your work.’ Read more>>

Josh Miller | Photographer, Explorer, Co-founder + CEO

I believe that art has the power to change and impact the spaces and cultures we touch and are a part of. I’ve seen time and time again what can happen when artists are part of a team creating an initiative, facilitating community engagement through art, and leading inclusion and belonging efforts. Art can transcend outdated mental models, shift perspectives and help us see and show up in the world differently. Read more>>

Raven Rohrig | Artist and Creative Entrepreneur

Pursuing a creative career was always a dream of mine, but bringing it into reality was the furthest thing from reality for many years. My initial draw to a creative career was a desire to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and father. I fell in love with the lifestyle of creative entrepreneurship at a young age; the freedom and connection with one’s creative spirit fit perfectly with my idea of a good life. Read more>>

Lauren Hammons | Blogger & Photographer

I grew up in a household that valued excellence in academics- primarily in math and science. That worked out well for me because I was good at them! It lead me to believe that I didn’t *like* the arts. I graduated valedictorian from high school and went to college for my doctorate in pharmacy. For the better part of a decade, my life revolved around math and science. Until the second year of my doctorate when I became pregnant with my first child- a little girl. Read more>>

Sky Ariella | Professional Writer & Traveler

My decision to pursue a creative career didn’t start off as an unwavering commitment to the craft, though the passion was always there. I loved writing, but the possibility of making money from typing words that came from my stream of consciousness felt like a foreign concept before it became a reality. After graduating with my bachelor’s, I had full intentions of pursuing a safe, cookie-cutter law degree. Before getting right into more schooling, I went solo backpacking around South East Asia for a few months to take a breather that ended up completely shifting my perspective on working and time devotion. Read more>>

Dan Walters | Wildlife Photographer

I have always had an artistic eye. When it came to bird photography, it all came together. The light, the color of the birds. This can all lead to very artistic images. Read more>>