Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in fine arts but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hollie Davis, Owner of Hollie Davis Art, located in Chicago, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Hollie Davis Art makes original art and programming. My customers are art lovers who want one-of-a-kind original art with historical and cultural significance.

Tell us about yourself

I have been interested in fine art since I was 13. I studied art in college and found community and opportunity by pursuing it post-grad. I am motivated to get people engaged in meaningful dialogue and create spaces to appreciate small business owners like artists. I also am motivated by the power to educate and inform, which art allows me to do.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Founding The Connect Residency was a huge accomplishment. It is a program that helps artists get booked, connects them with industry professionals, allows them to network with artists globally, and an in-person exhibit in Logan Square in Chicago. I have also been booked artistically for three years in a row; that was a huge accomplishment as well.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Running out of energy and time is the hardest thing.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Do your research.
  2. Do the work.
  3. Prepare for the unpredictable.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

I want to encourage whoever is reading to pursue your passions nonstop regardless of what it looks like to everyone else.

Where can people find you and your business?


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