We asked some of the city’s leading artists and creatives to tell us about how they decided to pursue an artistic or creative career. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Mary Flower | Musician, guitar instructor, touring and recording artist

I’m not sure I had a choice. Music has always been very important to me. I started playing piano by ear when I was 5, headed up a folk group and began teaching guitar in HS and began playing professionally when in college. I quit college to play a winter at a CO ski resort. Soon after i was on the road touring with others. It was a natural progression. Teaching guitar, privately, in online classes or at guitar intensives around the country is also part of my career. I continue to learn as I teach. It’s a wonderful way to keep digging into the music and explaining to others. It gives me great pleasure to help in someone’s mastering of the guitar. Read more>>

Jasha Foster | Road Trip Queen & Travel Blogger

I never really had intentions to start a creative career, it just sort of happened and I’ve never looked back! For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see the world. My parents didn’t like to fly, so instead, we took road trips every summer. Those road trips are some of my favorite memories that I will cherish forever. Then, I grew up and became a teacher and had a longing to visit all the places my students were learning about. My husband and I were able to start traveling and really loved it. At the same time, I was also able to bring first hand travel experiences into my classroom to share with my students. Read more>>

Jared Meyer | Musician/Creative

To inquire why I decided to pursue a creative career, may in fact be a question in reverse.. I’m not sure why, but it seems Creativity is in pursuit of me. I can’t seem to shake it – I’ve tried. I CONTINUE TO CREATE.. being drawn to retreat to studio spaces and workshops of all kinds, I’ve spent the last 15 years seeking to create songs and art that is honest, inspirational, adorned to meet the occasion while hopefully not intrusive to others unless activating some indelible, if not uncomfortable, benefit of one’s self-discovery. Read more>>

Rob Birt | Industrial Artist and Illustrator

Short answer is that I’ve known since a very young age I was going to do something creative. While I don’t believe in talent I do believe in passion. I’ve had the passion and a supportive environment to pursue my art. There are various items that still exist, from table legs to basement walls, that still have my scribbles on them from when I was five years old. I was also taught that if I was going to pursue something creative that I needed to do it in a way that would support me and my lifestyle. Read more>>

Blake Solo | Pyrographic Artist

Originally I didn’t intend too! I was always a scientific minded person when it came to school, so when I went to college I sort of fell into the scientific path. It wasn’t until I was wrapping up my Associates of Science that I realized I was going to do something I wasn’t passionate about. A lot of my friends were creatives, most of them being glass blowers here in Colorado. So I decided at that point to switch paths in school and change my major. It took years into the BFA program that I was getting so busy with creating art myself that I decided to leave school and pursue it full time! Read more>>

Tori Davis | Fantasy Illustrator

Most people assumed I would go into art, but at the beginning I never really cared or thought much about it. At the time I made art because I love it and for no other reason. It wasn’t until I started imagining myself in a job where I realized art was more than just a passion. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. I realized I had to create for the rest of my life. Even if the job might not be the most inspiring thing ever, I knew I wouldn’t care. It’s just something I’m meant to do. And I know I’m lucky to be able to say that. Read more>>

Malgorzata Wacht | Singer/Songwriter/Performer/Composer/Artist

I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I was a young girl, I remember holding a jumping rope in my hand, standing in front of a large mirror in the hallway, pretending that it was a microphone, and watching myself sing my heart out. Singing to me is a form of expression of my inner soul. This is extremely healing as music paints pictures in my head that only I can see; it is my private gallery of sound. This all started in Poland where I was born and raised. I sang Polish songs and tunes that I heard on the radio, mostly in English. Mind you I did not speak English, so I would made up my own language. Little did I know I was actively practicing, “idioglossia”, an idiosyncratic language invented and spoken by only one person. Read more>>

Scott Braband | Owner of Trinity Cigar Company

I chose this career based on my love for premium cigars and the community that supports it. Enjoying a premium, handrolled cigar was a symbol of success, and celebration growing up. Being handed a cigar means you’ve been a part of something special. I’ve been asked more than once, “Why have a mobile business instead of a typical cigar shop?” To me, cigars represents joyful occasions, parties, weddings, births, and I wanted to bring that feeling to others. Rather than having to find and then go to a cigar lounge, you can have the lounge brought to you for everyone to enjoy, whether that’s a football tailgate or a black tie wedding. Read more>>