Entrepreneur – a person who has possession of a new enterprise, venture or idea and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome. He or she is an ambitious leader who combines land, labor, and capital to often create and market new goods or services.
Two recent articles inspired me to mull entrepreneurship in relation to artists over a little more in preparation for the Jan 21 presentation at Spark Club 360. One by Gail Sachson on the Art & Seek Blog and the other by Hugh MacLeod on Gapingvoid. (maybe on my Feb trip to Marfa, I’ll finally catch up with that guy, sheesh.)
As a ‘serial starter of things’, I think this is why I’ve found myself in the arts niche as a non-artist. In some way my passions lie in other areas, but with artists I’m with people who get me and I get them. I mean aren’t artists micro-entrepreneurs every time they begin a new work? For every decent finished piece aren’t there hundreds of hours of practice, failure and intuition? I have frequently said that my “art” is creating socially conscious organizations, events, revenue streams while wrestling with the constraints of time, money and sustainability. Artists with that same socially conscious tug to be more and have more impact on the world are naturally attracted to Spark Club. We have much to learn from each other.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 21st! – Sarah Jane Semrad