In 2016, LUCAS SPIVEY scrapped his PhD plans to become a “BFA/MBA drifter” driving his Mobile Incubator across 42 states to meet thousands of artists, performers, writers, designers, makers, and other cultural entrepreneurs. Their true stories inspired him to create the permanent class field trip called Culture Hustlers, a 100% experiential school, where artists learn business by making podcasts, documentaries, and travelogues.
“Artists need a different classroom than white walls and podiums. We learn by doing. We’re producers, not consumers. We should naturally distrust hype and authority. We want relatable mentors. We have to be the most media savvy people in the room.”
Jes is an audio/visual artist in Western Massachusetts, putting her BFA to work on socioeconomic issues, political voice, and access in rural communities.
“Thank you for the impact that you’ve made and recognition of that space in conversation. Letting me find that space rather than overt advice is a gift.”
Saj is a young composer and sound designer in Boston, creating story soundscapes for podcasts and short films. He has a BA in Music Theory and Composition from Boston University.
“Taking raw material and boiling it down to is most seminal parts for the podcast, and building a cohesive story out of media fragments for the video. The end goal of both processes is very similar, but the road to get there is completely different.”
A creative producer takes a Bostonian mindset around the world. Focused on supporting entrepreneurship and innovation, Axi makes big ideas reality.
“Riding along with the Mobile Incubator introduced me to a vibrant community of American entrepreneurs who welcomed me with open arms.”
Terry’s a citizen journalist, a small business consultant, and a board member of WAKT. Terry runs “Cloud Farming in Detroit”, a radio show about art, economics, technology, culture, current events and mental health.
“Riding along was an exciting experience, and working with him a pleasant journey in the media arts. His creative process, focus on art journalism and economics is inspiring. I look forward to future collaborations with him.”
Hailing from San Francisco, Mia makes short-form video content for brands, artists, and entrepreneurs. From conception to production, she aims to make work that inspires wonder and creates connection.
“Riding along gave me the chance to learn from and interview full-time working artists and produce a show that would help share information with others who aspire to do the same. I’m ready to continue traveling while keeping the Culture Hustlers mindset with me at all times.”
Filmmaker, writer and creative entrepreneur, Andrés believes the world is beautiful, and since 7 years old he’s been making videos to prove it. Born and raised in Costa Rica, but half Swiss and half Mexican.
“It was more than just a journey: it was an adventure filled with meaning and inspiration. Riding in the Mobile incubator is a once in a lifetime experience. “
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