$5k to $200k
ArtPrize 10 winner Leandra Leseur turned a $5k grant into a $200k installation. Originally from the Bronx, Atlanta and currently in Jersey, Leandra got her bachelors in business on a basketball scholarship, but returned to get her BFA in photography. Her work embodies the pain, the power, and the beauty of #blacklivesmatter.
ATHLETE 2 ARTIST
Retired Blue Jays pitcher Blake McFarland always wanted to make the major leagues. After a career ending injury, now he's taken that same discipline into his visual art. His upcycled tire art has been commissioned by Goodyear, Lululemon and sports arenas across the US.
HIT ESC ON 9-5
From album covers to eyeglass packaging to basketball courts, Ellen Rutt's path to becoming a full-time artist was not a straight path. Her escape plan from freelance and the 9-5 design world was not complete without a total breakdown. Ellen journaled this time in her life and shares her inspiring story.
Grant Henry (AKA Sister Louisa) dropped out of seminary and pursued his "search for truth" into antiques, a gallery, two bars, a retail shop, and now a done up kids camp. In this episode you hear how his long winded business names have been both a blessing and curse, and how to deal with priests & nuns praying that you close your doors.
DON'T TRY, BE
Wynwood Walls is the mecca for muralists. What's the value of being an authentic artist? How do we collaborate as creators? Diego Orlandini dreamed up the Wynwood Coloring Book and the Ultimate Street Art Coloring Book series, bringing together artists from the block all the way to Banksy.
A STITCH IN TIME!
A mom & pop embroidery shop! Samantha Shepherd and Dustin White grew up in two different worlds in Kentucky. They've threaded their talents together into a custom business, now opening their 2nd location in Berea.
BOSS OF SAUCE
Founder and boss of Mama's Sauce, Nick has to maintain century-old printing presses, and manage everything from alligators to hurricanes, to egos to expectations - not to mention whatever curveball the state of Florida throws his way next!
Not only does Lolo manage her own record store Sweat Records with her best friend, she is also a successful DJ, promoter, event planner, music programmer, television host, and more! Lolo's success comes from practicality and straight forwardness.
PROPHET & LOSS: XULU JONES
Xulu Jones opens up about how his challenging upbringing taught him to become a "psychedelic-funk-reggae-rocker" that simultaneously keeps his band, brand, friends, and family Galaxy Rockin' together. Over the past 6 years his transition from being homelessness and drugs to being a provider has given him a prophetic self awareness.
CULTURE HUSTLERS documentary
Culture Hustlers is a documentary project that tells the story of artists, performers, writers, designers, and cultural entrepreneurs. The series follows BFA/MBA Lucas Spivey as he travels 30,000 miles across the US in the Mobile Incubator. Trailer is directed by Andrés Bronnimann.
LIFE IS A TRIP: Crimson BIKES
Co-founding Crimson Bikes was a labor of love for Charles T James & Daisy Chiu. Charles tells his bicycle journey from Mississippi to Harvard, and Daisy shares her vision of adaptive cycling technologies for disabled riders.
CULTURE HUSTLERS EXHIBITION
A showcase of arts business models across the US! Featuring prankster Derek Erdman (Chicago, IL); metalsmiths Gabriel Craig & Amy Weiks (Smith Shop of Detroit, MI); multimedia artist Kristen Farr (San Francisco, CA); sign-makers from Tieton Mosaic (Tieton, WA); and artists from Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (Española, NM).
ART OF SPOONING: JIM GRACE
Starting as author and law student, now Jim runs the Boston chapter of Arts & Business Council and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. You'll know him as the author of "The Art of Spooning", the "Good Deed Guide", and a not-so-secret-now accordion player.
LEGALIZE BALLET: ALLYN GINNS
A ballerina and IP lawyer, Allyn now runs the Legal Link program for Locust Projects in Miami. She discusses trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property issues for visual and performing artists.
COURTROOM THEATRICS: PAOLA FERRER
Being an actor & attorney have something in common for Paola Ferrer. Born in Puerto Rico, she's the ultimate side-hustler who now uses her performance skills to advocate at the Massachusetts State House.
REVIEW OF CULTURE HUSTLERS EXHIBITION!
NEXT Producer Andrea Muraskin takes us on an exhibition tour of "Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business" at the Boston Center for the Arts, starring: Derek Erdman, Kristin Farr, SmithShop, Tieton Mosaic, and the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center.
FOUNDERS FIT: RED SKY & RED HERRING
Shooting “In The Bedroom” to “Brotherhood”, and commercial work from Volkswagen to Victoria's Secret, Frans Wetterings & Dave Cambria have joined their talents for 20 years in Red Herring Motion Picture Lighting and now Red Sky Studios.
MAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT: Shawn Kolodny
When not running NYC clubs like Pink Elephant & Go, Shawn's creating installation art in Miami like the Fake Fulfillment Center... and someday a tank covered in glitter and diamond dust.
MONEY SUCKS: Hilken Mancini
Rocking with The Monsieurs, Fuzzy, Shepherdess, slinging vintage at 40 South Street, Hilken co-founded Girls Rock Campaign Boston and Punk Rock Aerobics.
MakinG Noise in FLORIDA
Buying a '73 ambulance and hauling public art to Florida never felt so right. Popping up around the Sunshine state for conversations with artists and entrepreneurs.
THE 1st PODCAST: Jake Shapiro
PRX and Radio Public co-founder Jake Shapiro takes us through revolutionary Russia, marketing Two Ton Shoe, and the founding of the podcast format itself.
TIL DEATH: Hellcats Inc.
Orlando graphic and apparel designers Clark Orr and Brittany Reagan "married" their talents in Hellcats Inc. Get ready for client war stories and tips on building brand.
THAT BASEMENT SMELL: Christine Varriale
Editor-in-Chief of Allston Pudding Christine Varriale uses her econ degree to market music and thoroughly enjoy basement shows.
DROPPIN ANCHOR AT THE BCA
Installing the Mobile Incubator at the Boston Center for the Arts to create podcasts, workshops and consulting for Boston's cultural industries.
DON'T BLAME THE AUDIENCE: RICK JENKINS
For 20+ years Rick has run the Comedy Studio and collaborated with Maron, Mirman, Gulman, Kirkman and more. And he just announced his move to Bow Market in Somerville, MA!
LOCATION MGMT: RYAN COOK
As a location scout and manager for Showtime, Warner Bros, and other studios, Ryan talks about dealing with cops, mobsters, celebrities and other challenges in making a creative project happen.
PROJECT FUNWAY: Erin Robertson
Project Runway winner Erin Robertson talks about Utah -> Boston, dentalogy to design, and the spirit of "What's the worst that can happen?".
CULTURE HUSTLERS PODCAST TEASER
Have you ever wondered who made all this cool stuff around me? A short teaser on the Culture Hustlers podcast, interviewing artists, performers, writers, designers, and other cultural entrepreneurs on how they hacked their living by selling culture.