Recap: Start Something: Why Every Creative Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

NY Creative Interns New School Event

There is no question that Start Something: Why Every Creative Needs to Be an Entrepreneur at The New School (my alma mater!), was one of our best events yet. We are so grateful to The New School for hosting us and we plan on doing another event with them in the Spring.

Here’s a recap in case you missed it:

Nicole Wolfrath, Associate Director of the Office of Career Development at The New School, kicked off the evening by welcoming  the 150+ crowd of students, recent grads, and professionals pursuing everything from writing to product development. Next, Sarah Rapp, Community Manager for our sponsor Behance, got a chance to speak to the crowd about Behance’s mission and latest initiatives. (Many thanks to Behance for graciously donating notebooks and free trials to The Action Method to our attendees).

Then it was time for the panel  to get started! NY Creative Interns President and Co-Founder, Emily Miethner, was the host and moderator of the evening, leading the discussion and asking probing and insightful questions.

There was a great energy in the room, which seemed to prompt our panelists to feel free to share their advice – and speak openly and honestly about the joys and struggles of being a creative entrepreneur.

NY Creative Interns Laurel Touby New School

Some key takeaways from night:

  • Find a mentor. Connect with people you admire, ask them to have coffee with you and get their advice. It can be that simple. Leigh Ann Tucker drove home the importance of asking your mentor what you want to know and not expecting them to read your mind.
  • Try new things and fail quickly. One of Lauren Leto’s more memorable quotes of the night: “Kill your darlings.” An idea might mean a lot to you, but if it isn’t working, let it go.
  • Fake it until you make it. You don’t have to be established to start a business or a project. Start working and learn as you go.
  • Follow your passion and the money will follow. Laurel Touby says this an idealistic way of thinking, but it’s true. She started Mediabistro as a way to meet guys and turned it into a multi-million dollar business.
  • Stay organized on the business side so you can focus on creativity. Audacia Ray says hiring someone to do administrative work for her part-time was one of the best decisions she ever made. It freed her up to do the things she really wanted to do.
After the Q&A, we opened up the floor so that attendees could ask questions. When all was said and done, the panelists were kind enough to stick around and talk to students one-on-one. It was an incredible night and everyone walked away with some amazing lessons and insights.
A huge thank you to everyone who came out, our panelists, The New SchoolBehance, and nextNY Digital. We can’t wait to do it again.

Is there a tip or moment we missed? Comment with your favorite tip from the night or ideas for another panel.

Check out more photos on the NY Creative Interns Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag yourself!

NY Creative Interns New School Event Behance

Marny Smith is the Community Manager for NY Creative Interns and a graduate of Eugene Lang at The New School. You can find her on TumblrTwitter and LinkedIn

3 comment on “Recap: Start Something: Why Every Creative Needs to Be an Entrepreneur

  1. When describing what makes a great entrepreneur I liked the comment “be aggressively friendly.” I believe it was Laurel who used that phrase.

    I also loved the story about Brian Stelter’s background…writing a blog about people who are always watching what people are writing about them…thus getting their attention. And know he works at NYT. Super cool.

  2. My favorite quote of the evening actually came from Lauren Leto, who said, “There’s no one that’s going to tell the world that you’re worth it except for yourself.”

    No one knows what you’ve got to offer the world better than you do…so just GO FOR IT. :)

  3. I really liked the event. All the speakers were great. The quote I remember the most from the event was from Laurel Touby. She said: “business can be creative and should be creative.” This statement helps me understand the connection between business and creative work. 

    Awesome event. 

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