I went to the Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion on November 20th at UMBC. At the talk, we were presented with 3 speakers. Each speaker had a different story, and an entirely new business. They were entrepreneurs, and each one had a different take on what that meant for them.

The first speaker was Joseph Hyman, a product designer who came up with a coffee maker that you could take on the go. His personal experience was focused on trial and error. His kickstarter for his project initially failed, and he was forced to rethink the project entirely. His team worked incredibly hard, and they were able to republish the kickstarter successfully. He said his most valuable lesson for us to learn was to take a chance, and commit to that chance. He said that mediocre work is never acceptable, and many people put out mediocre work that just doesn’t make for good business.

The second speaker was Tamika Payne. She talked about her tutoring company that she started with her sister. When she was here at UMBC, she started tutoring her friends and this eventually led to her interest in tutoring for a job. She had to work incredibly hard over a 2 day period to completely setup her business and said that entrepreneurship is hard, and there will be times when the workload can seem impossible, but the hard work always pays off.

The last speaker was David Schleigh, who talked extensively about his startup company that turned into a large business that he now runs. He started as just a tech consulting company for businesses to help advertise. He was offered to buy a cinema, accepted, and this slowly spiraled into a large-scale expansion of his company in many different aspects. He also talked a lot about taking a chance, and said that if he hadn’t been willing to take a chance, his company never would have grown in the way that it did.

Overall, the speakers had a lot to say about hard work and dedication. I think seeing their stories was very inspiring to a young artist who is trying to find a way to promote their own work. Developing a personal brand, and trying to find ways to expand my horizons is something incredibly relatable as an artist, and I hope to carry this information forward in my career.

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