Oct
18

Do you have $100,000 to $500,000 in sales booked this year?

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I am looking to chat with any small business, from fashion to industrial design to biotech, from anywhere in the world, that generates between 100-500K annually.  I am creating a video series for  2015 for the Entrepreneur The Arts blog and am looking for stories about: your first big sale, how you handle an unhappy customer, how you … [Read more...]

Oct
02

Connor Williams: A role model for creative entrepreneurs at any age

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You may not know his name, but Connor Williams is hoping by the end of the year you will when his first full length featured film comes out on Redbox.  At just 17 years of age, a senior in high school from a small town in Idaho, Connor wrote, shot (in just 16 days), produced, and directed The Spoilers with Terry Kiser (dead Guy/Bernie) … [Read more...]

Sep
24

Coachable, Teachable and Trainable: The 3 Keys to Doing Anything

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In the last few months I have found myself repeatedly referring to myself in casual conversation as a 'professional hoop jumper.' Although people find my comment funny, its true. What I have learned in my pursuit of achieving any goal in life is that you have to prove yourself to others by being coachable, teachable and trainable. It's … [Read more...]

Sep
16

Death by NDA? How An Innocent Contract Can Stifle Entrepreneurship

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We sign them all the time. They usually seem harmless. They’re often considered just a matter of custom. However, they can be far more harmful to entrepreneurial ecosystems than they appear on the surface. I’m talking about nondisclosure agreements—NDAs. They are a common tool of business between parties who want to share … [Read more...]

Aug
17

We, as Creative People, Have a Responsibility to this World

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We, as creative people, have a responsibility to ourselves-- and to this world-- to share our gifts widely. Our creativity changes us and others profoundly. What we do transcends race, status, and breaks through all social classes and cultural barriers almost instantly. Culture is the backbone on which we can shape our world. And by … [Read more...]

Jun
23

Haggling isn’t cool. Here’s why.

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Churchill: "Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?" Socialite: "My goodness, Mr. Churchill... Well, I suppose... we would have to discuss terms, of course... " Churchill: "Would you sleep with me for five pounds?" Socialite: "Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!" Churchill: "Madam, we've already … [Read more...]

Jun
16

Mozart in the Jungle

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Back in 2005, Blair Tindall, an American freelance oboist, wrote a tell all memoir about sex, drugs and classical music titled Mozart in the Jungle.  In it, Tindall exposed the scandalous rock and roll lifestyles of the musicians, conductors, and administrators she encountered in the classical music world. Her book is a painful realistic … [Read more...]

Jun
09

Arts are Key to Preparing Workers in the Global Marketplace

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Preparing for a career or launching a new business is no easy undertaking if you don't have the thinking skills you need.  As I meet with incubators and organizations, it seems many still are thinking too narrowly about what is required to build the infrastructure for our future economy. Here are some key facts about the value of … [Read more...]

Jun
02

How Tolerant Are You?

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America is known for being the greatest "melting pot,"  on earth with a rich blend of cultural traditions from all over the world. Many American families can trace their histories to immigrant ancestors who traveled great distances, enduring risk and hardship, to make a home where they would be guaranteed basic freedoms. And for many … [Read more...]

May
12

The work of the 21st century creative

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I am an artist. Using my imagination and my creativity to earn a living is my lifelong love and fascination. Now some of you may be thinking ‘so how’s that working for you?’   I can almost see the starving artist stereotype appearing like the white elephant in the room between us right now. It’s one thing, if you are Kanye … [Read more...]

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