By Roadtrip Nation

Elise Peterson



My road in life took a while to figure out.
I grew up in Washington, D.C., and went to college there—I went to school for four years but didn’t actually graduate because I had a hard time staying focused.
When I entered the workforce, I worked a bunch of creative jobs, including a vegan sous chef and a vintage clothing buyer.
I moved to New York on a whim—I was a culture writer for a website but was working for free, so I was struggling financially and ended up taking work as a nanny.
One of the women I nannied for became my mentor and encouraged me to utilize my full potential and study graphic design at Parsons School of Design.
Art school was very expensive, so I ended up leaving and taking a job as a school secretary.
I was unhappy at my job and knew I was meant to do something more creative, so I quit and started my own website and began selling my own artwork.
In addition to selling my work, I started saying yes to all creative opportunities presented to me, including illustrating a children’s book!
I became a mom, moved to Los Angeles, and continue to tell stories through multiple creative mediums, including my podcast “Cool Moms.”
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High School


Visual Artist, Writer & Podcast Host

I'm a storyteller of various mediums.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Networking has helped tremendously. As a creative, it's important to know how to network, connect, and build relationships.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Networking is invaluable in this field. If you're able to, move to a city where you can actually network well and get your work out there.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You should choose a path with more financial security."

Challenges I Overcame

School Drop Out

Interviewed By

A Single Mom's Story

A Single Mom's Story

Single Mothers Roadtrip