Meadows Students’ Endeavors

This is a list of currently identified Meadows and/or Arts Entrepreneurship students and recent alumni who are offering services in the market (120 of them). There are more, which I plan to add to this list over time. This list includes independent contractors/sole proprietors, LLC’s, nonprofits and other legal structures. Please take a moment to click-through a sampling of their websites and see how dynamic and entrepreneurial our creatives and artists are at Meadows School of the Arts.

Cezanne Quartet Bridge the Gap Website

Bridge the Gap Chamber Players

Jacob Estrada

Jonathan Valenzuela 

Blue Apollo, LLC 

Mary Anna Salo

Carson Wright 

Christy Skertchly 

Eliana Yi 

Cargo Collective 

Alix Singer/Rose Gold Designs

Helen Rieger 

The Happy Alright

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Callie Nelson asks, “Are Business Plans Necessary?”

The following interview series and analysis was conducted by Callie Nelson, an Arts Entrepreneurship student at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. The goal of this project was to assess if creative entrepreneurs typically start with a business plan and if they think they are necessary.

Cabell Gorman 

Cabell Gorman is both the founder and owner of the Cabell Gallery, located in Lexington, Virginia, and is also an avid painter. Her works are sold in her gallery and online at cabellgorman.com. However, the Continue reading

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Rodman Steele with Creative Entrepreneurs on Plans and Planning

The following interviews were conducted by SMU student Rodman Steele.

Cary Pierce – Founding member of Jackopierce, musician 

Did you have a business plan when you started Jackopierce?

We Probably had a business plan for our first record… One page that said hey – what are we doing, what are we using our money for. I think we did that once because some guy wanted to ‘invest’ in us… I really took the reigns because we were managed by a guy at the time, Brady Wood. He became our manager because he was our social chairman at SMU. He booked us our first gig, and he handled all our early finances. [Brady] had everything in QuickBooks. Jack and I broke up in the end of ’97. We got back together in 2002 and I had become adept at QuickBooks so I started handling all the business stuff. A big shift happened for me when I got an accountant… I had it all in one giant account in Quickbooks, but then my bookkeeper said nuh-huh, you need to set up different companies. Cary Pierce performs solo, has a catalog of songs that have nothing to do with Jackopierce, and Jackopierce is its own company. As simple as it is, its major. Continue reading

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Briana Long and the Creative Entrepreneurs

Char McGaughy, Gold Dust Tattoo: 

Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

I didn’t have a definite financial business plan, but I had an idea and a goal. I didn’t have a lot of money, I just woke up and decided this is what I am going to do and I leaped right into it.

Do you think business plans are necessary for entrepreneurship?

I think it is situational, based on personality type. I tend to leap, but I think if Continue reading

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Are Business Plans are Necessary…Stewart and the Entrepreneurs

Matthew Stewart is an Arts Entrepreneurship student at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. In this series of interviews, Stewart seeks to identify if the three creative entrepreneurs he interviewed began with a business plan and if they think plans are necessary. At the end of this post, Stewart shares his analysis. 

Interview with Brenton from Live Tribal           

What defines Tribal? What is your core value?

Right from the start, we wanted our core value to be community and building relationships with people, which is why Continue reading

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Plans and Planning? Vogel Inquires

Dann Zinn

Please describe art or creative business venture you developed.

My name is my business, Dann Zinn is how I’m known in the professional world and I am my own brand. I teach at four colleges around the bay area, and I do Continue reading

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Julia Batlle Interviews 3 Creative Innovators

Julia Batlle is an Arts Entrepreneurship student at SMU, Meadows School of the Arts. For the class Developing an Arts Venture Plan, Ms. Batlle attempts to identify whether business plans are really necessary for the process of entrepreneurship and whether the creatives she interviewed had them when they began. 

Francois Reihani

Co-Founder of Pōk and Founder of Bar Stellar

Did you have a business plan when you started Pōk and Bar Stellar? 

Yes, I had a business plan for both.

Do you think business plans are necessary for entrepreneurship?

Business plans are 100% necessary for entrepreneurship. Before you get running, you have Continue reading

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Julia Baca and the 3 Creative Entrepreneurs

Catherine Oppenheimer

New Mexico School for the Arts

Creative Entrepreneurship: SMU Interview

JB: What was your process when coming up with up with NMSA? Did you make a business plan, or did it just morph and grow?

CO: I started exploring the idea, and I thought what do you do if you’re from New Mexico and you want to be a singer but have no access to the lessons? It’s a state known for arts and culture and kids don’t have a lot of access to that. It was identifying a problem. We did a lot of research about existing schools and decided to go to the legislature. It took three years to get legislation. They put us with the charter schools because audition-based meant it couldn’t be public. We wrote the charter application; 100 pages about the kind of school, the governing body, raising money, organizational structure, etc. and got our charter. Continue reading

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Jennifer Mott and the 3 Creative Entrepreneurs

Are business plans necessary? Jennifer Mott, SMU Arts Entrepreneurship student, attempts to find out.

Renee Rhyner

Renee Rhyner and Co.

Commercial Art Representation Company

Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

à “No, I didn’t have a business plan and I didn’t know what one was. I didn’t even know that was something I should have. I just Continue reading

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Brook Haines and Her Chats with Creative Entrepreneurs

 

Junior Desinor

Founder of TOOR

My first interviewee was Junior Desinor, the founder of TOOR. He created padlocks for rental properties, that can be opened by an app. So, the viewer of the house can tour the home without the owner or real estate agent present to physically open the door. He featured on the hit show Shark Tank, asking for Continue reading

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Do Entrepreneurs Create Business Plans?

Dan Dannenbaum

I run a family law practice in Northern Virginia. I work mainly with cases of divorce and separation, marital and family law, alimony, child support, and domestic violence.

Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

I did not have Continue reading

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