How an Artist Unexpectedly Found Her Career Niche at Chevrolet HQ

You spent your 20s working toward building your dream career, but now that you’re in your 30s, what do you do when you’ve, well, changed your mind? Or maybe you never quite figured it out, and you’re now ready to commit to something you’re passionate about, whether it’s a job, a city, or just a new way of life. To celebrate the career changes that can come at any age, we’re debuting a new series, Second Life. Each week, we’ll hear from women who got over their doubts and fears and made the biggest changes of their lives.

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Courtesy of Mara Kapsis

How do you honor your passion, cultivate a meaningful career, and make a living? Anyone with creative aspirations knows firsthand it's a serious challenge to reconcile the aforementioned ambitions. But it's even more rewarding than it is challenging once you do. And Mara Kapsis is living proof that's possible. When she was studying textile design in university, she realized how much hands-on creative work inspired her. So she dabbled in designing and crafting home goods, worked as an assistant, and picked up freelance opportunities along the way. 

Then she discovered a career path she didn't even realize existed: a paint color designer for cars. So we sat down with Kapsis and picked her brain about how she navigated the uncertain territory of fusing passion with a more structured yet just as creative career trajectory. If you're thinking about a career change or simply want some inspiration, read on below.