On this episode, we’ll discuss BREAKING OUT and starting your own creative business. How do you become a creative entrepreneur if you never went to business school? Our guests discuss how they found their niche and learned how to manage a growing enterprise. Not having a traditional 9-5 is one of the biggest perks but also one of the biggest challenges of running your own business. Our guests tell us how they are managing.
After Nafisa Kaptownwala graduated with an art history degree from Concordia, she set her sights abroad. While working at the Ace Hotel in London, she found herself surrounded by people working in fashion. She also noticed a lack of people of colour getting work in the industry. So in 2013 she founded Lorde Modelling Inc, the first modelling agency to exclusively represent people of colour. Lorde Inc now operates out of Toronto, New York and London.
Kiana “Rookz” Eastmondis the owner and director of Sandbox Studios, a recording studio located in Toronto’s Regent Park. Despite dropping out of school at the age of 14, Kiana has a long track record of entrepreneurship, including artist management and independent consulting. A self-proclaimed activator, Kiana has dedicated herself to community service, working with organizations like East Metro Youth Services and Nia Center for the Arts. She’s now opening a second location of Sandbox in Scarborough.
Cultural Correspondent Segment:
Clairmont the Second is a Toronto-based rapper and producer. In 2016 he released his third full-length album Quest for Milk and Honey.