How not to be a starving artist

Yesterday, I attended the #HelloEtsy Summit in Washington DC and heard a keynote by Dr. John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design.

One of his comments I liked the most was when he said he was “against starving artists.”

During the Q&A, I asked him what RISD is doing to train artists in the business side of art so they don’t have to starve.

Watch the whole thing (45 minutes) and especially see his comments on starving artists and then my question and his answer in the video below–between 39:22-41:33.

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You will also see how I tried combining Twitter and in person networking for a much stronger impact than Twitter alone.