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Tayo gave me tips on how to start my speaking career, and “it all starts with that: who your audience is, what you want to serve, and what your audience is around that.”
I’ve struggled with undervaluing myself in the past — my skills, my everything. The consideration I received from so many people helped open my eyes to my value.
In addition to the advantage of social media and increased digital connectivity, Next Gen was created in order to remove perceived walls between young entrepreneurs in all sectors and across a range of skill areas.
As an arts technologist and entrepreneur, I’ve spent my lifetime working to help creatives help themselves. Now, I’m launching AIY Studio, or “Art Inspires You” Studio.
The space helps entrepreneurs get to know each other on a deeper level, because we’re all on the same page — working ourselves over-time, open and straightforward with our needs and what we have to offer, asking questions, exploring ways to improve ourselves and our ventures — vulnerable.
“That journey,” Tay says, “shifting towards, you know, how to figure out how launch a business, how to find customers, how to find that product-market fit — all of these crazy challenges that come about with designing a business, and the process of innovation itself, I was absolutely enthralled by.”