Mentorpreneurship in the Arts: Why reinvent the wheel? Roll with it. [VIDEO] Wednesday 19 December, 2012

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“Is there a glass ceiling for women of color in the arts?…And, either way, does it matter?” This question kicked off the first installment of the Women of Color in the Arts Creative Conversations series: For Colored Girls who Broke the Glass Ceiling when the Ladder Wasn’t Enuf. An engaging and thoughtful panel made up […]

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“Is there a glass ceiling for women of color in the arts?…And, either way, does it matter?” This question kicked off the first installment of the Women of Color in the Arts Creative Conversations series: For Colored Girls who Broke the Glass Ceiling when the Ladder Wasn’t Enuf. An engaging and thoughtful panel made up of Keanna Faircloth (WPFW 89.3 FM), Lizzet Alvarez (Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center), Krista Bradley (Black Rock Center for the Arts), Desiree Urquhart (Fundraising Consultant, Owner, Desiree A. Urquhart, LLC) and Angela Han (Pearson Foundation) explained practical tips on mentorship and entrepreneurship through personal examples.

As an artist friend Malik says, “don’t reinvent the wheel, roll with it.” I think so many of us get used to grinding so hard and sacrificing so much, we think “struggle” is just the natural way to reach a dream. In reality, it doesn’t have to be that challenging. There is an ocean of opportunities for you to realize your creative dreams and a world of people to help you seize them. Mentors will navigate you along the ups and downs, not for compensation, but because they see your entrepreneurial success and challenges as their own; these are the mentorpreneurs, let them help you.

Check the excerpts from our live tweeting from For Colored Girls who Broke the Glass Ceiling when the Ladder Wasn’t Enuf and view the videos below to get all the juicy advice:

#creativeconversations tweetup via @liveunchained

  • *Every accomplished woman on the #woca panel says they still have active mentors of their own #creativeconversations
  • *Lizzet Alvarez of @claricesmithctr is an intrapreneur w/in an arts org. She creates entrepreneurial projects w/in her company
  • *Angela Han explains informational interviews educate abt position in an informal way. Ask a potential mentor for 1! #creativeconversation
  • *Desiree Urquhart says she learned to “not be afraid to ask for a mentor” – “I’ll ask 4 anything I need now” #woca #creativeconversations
  • *Krista Bradley of @BlackRockRox says you never stop building your creative network #creativeconversations #woca
  • *A good mentor will tell you the importance of self-care #creativeconversations #woca
  • *There needs to be a cultural or arts component in a community to sustain it. – Desiree Urquhart #creativeconversations
  • *Lizette Alvarez says there is a huge need in DC 4 making arts & culture more accessible and open 2 local communities #creativeconversations
  • *It’s ok to have a mentor that is not “instituionalized” they don’t even need to know they’re seen as a mentor #creativeconversations
  • *Don’t c “mentorship” as a hard line w/ someone who is above and below it – mentorship is a mutual relationship #creativeconversations
  • *Don’t be afraid to call your own shots – negotiate salary, paid vacation, work hours: everything is negotiable #creativeconversations
  • *It’s not always about $ compensation w/ work – it’s abt or networks & opportunities the position opens – K. Bradley #creativeconversations
  • *The audience says our goal is to rise above the glass ceiling – real or imagined and build sisterhood #woca #creativeconversations

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