124 Creativity meets business acumen
Welcome to another themed episode drawing upon the advice and counsel of various guests on a single topic. The topic: When creativity meets business acumen
Four multi-talented and experienced entrepreneurs prove it is possible to pursue your creative passion and make a good living from doing so. It helps if one’s passion for a creative career is balanced by an appreciation of (or skills in) the business side of show business.
Toronto-based Todd Latham is the President of Actual Media. Growing up along with digital media, Todd’s success story runs from his first newsletter Newd Flash to his current publications on environmental subjects such as ReNew Magazine and Water Canada. He also produces the Canadian Water Summit and Water’s Next Awards as President of Blue Events. Todd discusses the creation and progression of business opportunities and partnerships that have allowed him to make his publishing and environmental conservation dreams come true.
Lindy Sisson is a connector. As the presenter and administrator of a large arts society and venue, she connects her community audiences with arts activities and productions that she feels will resonate. Her advice about building trust with stakeholders can be applied to any of the various arts projects you may be trying to get off the ground.
Sarah Klodt and Emily Tepper are the Geek Crossing girls. From simply seeking space to create their own geek-themed artwork outside of their already crowded homes, these two self-confessed geeks have created a business that provides them and many other artists with a place with which to earn a living. Geek Crossing is a community centre that boasts studio space, arts supplies, classes and a store through which artists can sell their work.
Brian Keating (no relation to Fred) is a multi-media powerhouse. From his love of wildlife and wild places, Brian has built a career that involves speaking programs, writing books for children, creating a television series, regular radio appearances and taking people on tours to fantastic and remote corners of the planet. His success is all based on this own love of storytelling about the wonders of the wild world.
If you cannot find a business entity willing to support your work, you may want to consider starting one. Nothing succeeds like success!
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