Making it Happen
"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."
Behind every cultural entrepreneurial success story there is a unique process in which an artist or group of artists turns an idea into a successful business concept.
Cultural enterprises take root within society, therefore it is essential to evaluate the political, social and economic environment, and any other external contextual factors likely to influence the initiative. Accessing relevant information, knowing how to assess one’s skills and those needed to making the project work are equally important.
Self awareness and self-confidence are among the entrepreneurial attitudes which constitute the basis for successful entrepreneurship: knowing and trusting one's own abilities, an ability to take risks and initiatives, and a capacity for critical thinking and creative problem-solving.
A "skills map" for successful entrepreneurs entails soft and hard skills. "Soft skills” involve a capacity to work collaboratively, flexibility, empathy, open-mindedness, and social skills. "Hard skills" involve analytical and management skills, business expertise, language and networking skills – each of which in turn require an understanding of artistic and business organizational processes. A reliable team and good partners play an important role when planning and implementing your idea.