TMBA 498: When Does an Artist Become an Entrepreneur?

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Dan and Ian love stories where creative people find success through entrepreneurship.

Truthfully, it’s not something we have had a chance to talk about much on this podcast, but art and entrepreneurship don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, the skillsets are often complementary.

Today’s guest has figured that out herself, as she went from working a 9-to-5 while living with her parents to traveling the world on her own terms.

Cat Coquillette is an artist and illustrator who has made a career licensing her artwork and designs through companies like Target, Urban Outfitters, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

On today’s podcast, Cat joins us to share how she navigated the journey from her living in her childhood bedroom while paying down her student debt to successful solopreneurship, without sacrificing her creative fulfillment along the way.

Transcript

Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why Cat prefers to work as a solopreneur. (6:13)
  • How Cat got started selling her art online. (19:48)
  • What her experience has been like working with larger brands. (36:18)
  • What happened when celebrities started wearing Cat’s designs. (41:42)
  • Why Cat has recently taken to teaching entrepreneurial skills to other creatives. (51:16)

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Published on 06.20.19

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