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036 – Art and Opportunity | End the myth of the starving artist | Artunity – Founded by Jay Weinberg

Ask NWI® | Interviewing NWI's Brightest Minds | Thought-Leaders | Business Owners | Entrepreneurs

03/30/18 • 54 min

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In this 36th episode of Tri Town Advice Givers, host Mark Borst interviews Jay Weinberg, who is an Indiana artist, and the founder of Artunity, a company that he defines as “Instagram meets GoFundMe.” Jay enthusiastically shares how art became a big part of his life, he takes aim at the “starving artist” myth that makes artists fear being business-minded, and the future of Artunity.

Time-Stamped Show Notes

  • 00:48 – Jay Weinberg gives an introduction of himself.
  • 02:00 – He shares how Artunity began and how he became an artist.
  • 06:34 – Artunity is designed to end the starving artist myth.
  • 08:04 – The start of the “starving artist” myth and the “superstar” musicians get examined.
  • 13:51 – Creative means to be really open and tapping into your imagination.
  • 15:46 – Reality is actually fiction.
  • 16:52 – Whatever you have inside you that you need to express. you have to let it out.
  • 19:38 – Jay met Gary Vaynerchuk in his New York City office.
  • 21:00 – What ever happened to being social in real life offline? People hide behindsocial media.
  • 22:20 – Business doesn’t have to be a negative stigma for creatives.
  • 24:51 – If your brand is an honest extension and an amplification of who you are,then there should be no conflict in balancing your art with business.
  • 30:32 – Jay made a low budget music video for fun that went viral with over 250,000 views overnight.
  • 34:15 – We don’t have to pigeonhole our self with just one topic.
  • 37:09 – The Artunity app is like Instagram meets GoFundMe.
  • 44:39 – Artunity artists can post art, sculpture, hand bags, and various one-off pieces of art.
  • 46:10 – Jay is working all the time.

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