Lisa Burnham – San Francisco, California
Today’s Outside of the Box Entrepreneur Series is excited to introduce you to Lisa Burnham. Although Lisa and I had been indirectly “connected” in the Facebook realm, I was truly fortunate to have connected with her when this ideology first came to the surface for this interview series. Her response “I’m a visual artist do we get anymore out of the box?” I thought heck no! A true gift. As I got to know Lisa more and more throughout the process – her willingness to help, her encouragement to others and her genuine love for life is remarkable.
Her drive, from what I resonated with is the need to help others – make an impact. Her artistic gift although, is only a small snippet as to who she is, in my opinion – much more to this woman who as I write this is getting ready to move from her home in San Francisco to Costa Rica! So exciting, and I’m privileged to introduce you to Lisa Burnham.
What sparked your drive to become an entrepreneur?
I became an entrepreneur because I have so many ideas and wanted to make a change and leave a mark on society somehow.
You’ve been selected as an “out of the box entrepreneur” would you agree with this statement?
As an artist I am always thinking in creative ways.
I brought my skill set as a teacher and many other skills in designing and color to my online business very easily.
I am always having ideas that are very large but with my skill set of delegating and putting together projects I am able to get things done.
If you could have given yourself a piece of knowledge or advice when you started what would that be?
My advice would have been to learn as much as you can about online business before investing in designers or anyone telling you there is an easy way to make money or that it takes no hard work.
It takes patience, perseverance and discipline to make a home based business of any kind work.
To what do you attribute your success? What would say are the five key elements for starting and running a successful business?
My success or the progress I have made has been due to the people I choose to surround myself with.
If there is no support for embarking on the mission then you may very well fail.
I learned that it takes a village to create a foundation.
Mentors and teachers can be found for any level.
So I would say that humility and a willingness to learn and fail. As well as an openness to criticism and evolution in your business.
Who has been your greatest inspiration and why?
I think my love of art has mostly inspired me, my creativity find many things to inspire it.
In particular i have been watching women entrepreneurs and have always admire many women artists who lived outside the norm.
Louise Bourgeois is one of my biggest Idols. She paved the way for women by aligning “herself with activists and became a member of the Fight Censorship Group, a feminist anti-censorship collective founded… In the 1970s, the group defended the use of sexual imagery in artwork. Steckel argued, “If the erect penis is not wholesome enough to go into museums, it should not be considered wholesome enough to go into women.” (source:wiki)
I am all about Freedom Of Speech in Art !!
And lately I am also inspired my the work of all the eco-artists who are using their creativity and talents to make a change by recycling or Upcycling or developing projects to help the environment.
This and helping defend global artisan groups so they are protected and no exploited is also an inspiration.
This is how artists can make a mark on society.
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