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Our Mission

The Department of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU seeks to equip its creatively minded students with entrepreneurial skills so that they increase their chances of sustainable income and so that graduates serve as the principle driving force Continue reading

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Interview With Ekaterina Kouznetsova

What is the name of your business and what do you do/sell?

Ekaterina Photography. I am a freelance photographer specializing in fashion/editorial photography and fine arts photography. Most of my earnings come from Continue reading

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Interview With Hilary Wallace

What is the name of your business and what do you do/sell?

I have three businesses right now: Art by Hilary Wallace, Hilary Wallace Photography, and Custom Shoes by Hilary Wallace. Art by Hilary Wallace is a compilation of the artwork I have made since high school. This includes personal work and schoolwork. Hilary Wallace Photography consists of Continue reading

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Interview with Tilden Brighton

Successful blogger: To Be Bright

How did you decide you wanted to start your business?

I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but never put my plan to action until a phone interview encouraged me to put everything I do online. So To Be Bright originally began as an online resume with my passions (including fashion-related posts). I started receiving a lot of positive feedback and gathering a good following from my fashion posts that I decided to transition to making it’s focus as a personal style blog.

What was an obstacle you have faced?

Making time and keeping up with promotional posts via social media is always an obstacle. Being a full-time student, I have to draft a lot of my posts the night before and make sure I have the time to feature everything throughout the day to generate the most traffic.

At what point did you consider it a success?

The moment I was invited to NY Fashion Week by Lucky Magazine is when I realized I’m doing something right.

What is your favorite part about what you do?

My favorite part is all of it. From showcasing the clothes to attending blog-friendly events and meeting new people, there’s always something to look forward to.

What do you plan on for the future?

My plan is to move to NYC after graduation this year and (hopefully) get a job working in the social media/PR dept of a national fashion magazine.

What are your dreams/goals?

My dream is to blog full-time, making To Be Bright my job.

Interview By Madeline O’Malley, SMU Student

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Interview with Kevin O’Malley

How did you decide you wanted to start your business?

A former business colleague saw an opportunity to buy a business and was looking for financial backing.

What was an obstacle you have faced?

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Interview with Emily Lipman

What has been the most difficult part of starting your own business?  Have you had to face any obstacles?  

“Starting a business takes guts and a lot of money, but keeping that business takes dedication, determination & success. Of course, I have had obstacle Continue reading

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Interview with Linley Robinson

Linley Robinson: Jewelry Maker

How did you decide you wanted to start your business?

It began as a hobby.  I knew in my head the types of necklaces I wanted to wear, yet had a hard time finding them in stores.  I began going to beading and craft stores and making them myself.  People started to compliment me on them and I began making them for my friends.  Then I began selling them, mostly to friends.  I am still at a beginning stage of the entrepreneurial process.

What was an obstacle you have faced?

There are so many great jewelry companies out there, and very few people would choose to buy from an unknown name, than go to a large retailer.

At what point did you consider it a success?

I would not say that I am a success quite yet, as far as jewelry making is concerned!  However, in one sense I am, because I have made money doing something I love to do anyways.

What is your favorite part about what you do?

Creating something that makes people happy!  Additionally, I am making my self happy.  Making jewelry satisfies my creative needs and it delights me that other people want to be a part of this.

What do you plan on for the future?

Continue to expand my market and sell more necklaces, get the word out there, I suppose.

What are your dreams/goals?

One day, I hope to sell my jewelry out of my own boutique, or to major retailers in major cities.

Interview by Madeline O’Malley, SMU Student

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Interview with Carly Grace Hinchman

Did you graduate from college?

“Yes, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Polytechnic Institute

and State University in 2012.”

When did you realize you wanted to be an entrepreneur? Was this a particular moment or idea over time?

“After graduating college I accepted a job in management at lululemon athletica. My time was spent growing people, building community relations, and working on local events and outreach.  After a “green light” for position advancement and no new Continue reading

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