How to become a Cultural Entrepreneur

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Simply put, a cultural entrepreneur is a person who owns and runs a business that is focused on the arts or the cultural heritage of a specific community or a region. The main goal of the entrepreneur’s business is to solve problems by changing the belief systems and attitudes.

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I started my dream business Kashmirica by bootstrapping it with a clear vision in mind. I wanted to bring the finest products from Kashmir to the Global consumer. Although my profession of being a Digital Marketing Consultant helped, there were other things that helped me more.

As cultural entrepreneurs, these people strive to promote the preservation of cultures and cultural arts and bring about global change. Creative and cultural industries are at the heart of cultural entrepreneurship.

Cultural entrepreneurs are gaining a lot of prominences owing to their contribution to economic development as well as their ability to create thriving communities. 

The creative industry is also experiencing massive growth and is believed to be one of the largest economies after financial, pharmaceutical, informational, and tourism.

If becoming a cultural entrepreneur is something that has been on your mind then you are at the right place. Here, in this article, we tell you how to achieve your dream of becoming a cultural entrepreneur.

How to Become a Cultural Entrepreneur

  1. Realize your core mission

Understand what cultural entrepreneurship is at the heart of it and what is one actually means. Understand how you can make a change and create an impact through it.

Realize your goals and how you plan to create your impact by being a cultural entrepreneur. Doing thorough research on being a cultural entrepreneur needs to be your first step to becoming one. 

Not just that but you also need to acquaint yourself well with your community/ region’s cultural traditions, arts and crafts and how you plan on promoting them.

All in all, you need to get a basic idea about cultural entrepreneurship and what it is all about.

  1. Ask yourself if that is your passion

Ask yourself if becoming a cultural entrepreneur is what you really want to do. Do you have the burning passion and the right kind of attitude to do it? 

Being a cultural entrepreneur requires you to be creative, keep innovating constantly and have just the right mindset. Ask yourself whether you have the right skill set for it. And if not, is it something that can be achieved and are you willing to do it?

The same goes for the passion that you need to have for becoming a cultural entrepreneur. If you aren’t willing to stay dedicated to it, then it might not work out.

So, a thorough retrospection of whether cultural entrepreneurship is what you really want to do is required.

  1. Get a masters’ in Cultural Entrepreneurship

Getting formally educated in this field is definitely a huge plus point. A master’ Degree or a course in this field will not just equip you with its nitty-gritty but also help you develop the right skill set and mindset for it.

When beginning your work as a cultural entrepreneur, you might feel lost or a little overwhelmed and that is why formal education in it is quite crucial.

Whether it is the USA, the UK, Germany or some other European country- these places have some of the best universities in the world that offer cultural entrepreneurship degrees and courses. Get yourself enrolled with one that suits you the best and get learning.

If you don’t wish to go and attend a physical university, you can also go for online courses or programs.

  1. Associate with a cultural entrepreneur

While you are still learning, try to get in touch with a cultural entrepreneur. You can either work as an intern or an apprentice for them. You can find other opportunities to work for them. This will give you hands-on experience as nothing else can.

You will also get to see how things actually work in the industry and a chance to learn from the experts themselves. 

If you wish to become a successful cultural entrepreneur, you must absolutely get in touch with one first.

  1. Read books, magazines and more

When you wish to get into a career field, it is important that you get to know that field in more depth. Hence, reading books, articles or magazines that will give you more information about cultural entrepreneurship is a must.

Here, you will get to know more about like-minded entrepreneurs like you and you get to know their stories, and their work and also get inspired by them.

  1. Get Working

Last but not least- you won’t be called a cultural entrepreneur unless you have your own business. So, after you have formally educated yourself and are equipped with the right skills, get to work.

Decide on your work area and what your brand actually stands for. Then, devise a strategy for it and begin working.

Over to you

Here was our practical guide on how to become a cultural entrepreneur. Make sure you work hard, stay dedicated and follow the guide well and we are sure that you will become a successful entrepreneur in no time.

Mir Saaeid
Mir Saaeid

Seasonal feature writer, a British educated Marketer with 7+ years of experience in Online Marketing, Communications, and Branding. Also the Co-Founder of Srinagar-based e-commerce startup Kashmirica. Blogs at Mir Saeid

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