When Art and Entrepreneurship Collide


By Tanner Boyle


I am an English Major (creative writing focus), completely unsure of a career path at this point in time. I am considering going into teaching, screenwriting, law, and publishing and this uncertainty is fine with me. I am writing for Y’s Thoughts both because it helps me out with my degree goals and because I admire many works of entrepreneurship.


But what is an English Major doing writing a personal story on a business blog? In my mind, there is considerable overlap between English and entrepreneurship.


I spent the weekend in Los Angeles at the Festival of Disruption, curated by David Lynch. It featured an assortment of oddball events to honor the work of the famed surrealist director of Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, all for charitable causes. The point of mentioning this is that the event was a major promoter of the creative mind and nurturing this creativity so it can make wonderful things. It mainly regarded Lynch’s own struggles to make ends meet when pursuing the creative vision of his first film, Eraserhead. He was willing to go great lengths and suffer terrible work hours and odd jobs all while the idea that his film would never be realized loomed above him.


To this day Eraserhead remains his most profitable film, due to the low production cost and its consistent run as a midnight movie in the late seventies.


It is in this way that the creative vision has much to do with entrepreneurship. Often the realized vision is something very innovative but far too often these ideas go unrealized.


As a poet, I essentially “pitch” my poetry to various small presses and literary magazines in hopes that one of them lets me following my creative vision. This overlap exists with many other creative art forms including film, painting, or even music. While it undoubtedly contains some stricter parameters, entrepreneurship is similar in these regards even in the respect that some visions go unrealized even though they might change the world.


While this article started as an explanation of how I see English and entrepreneurship being similar, it is ending up being a plea on the behalf of the creative mind. Whatever the medium, ideas should be heard it. While this may seem implausible, it is more often than not easy to sort out the innovative from the impossible.


David Lynch’s own take on tackling this problem of malnourished creativity comes in the form of Transcendental Meditation. I do not take this route but rather just plea my case that investing (both literally and figuratively) in minds that are creative and original is culturally beneficial, and as Lynch showed, sometimes financially fruitful.


So it is at its core a mutual love of creativity that binds this uncertain English Major to Y’s Thoughts, a blog dedicated to innovators old and new.

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