This week, Vince LoTempio had a chance to sit down and interview Jeffery Peter Dickash, an artist from New York City. With a passionate outlook to match his vibrant artwork, Jeffrey gave us insight what being a start up is like. Here’s how it went:
What is your business name?
Artwork by Jeffrey Peter.
What is your background and how long have you been involved with this industry?
I am a self taught artist who has been sketching from a young age. I have been actively creating and selling work for 15 years
Where are you located?
I am currently in New York City.
What exactly are you trying to accomplish?
I am in the process of making art my primary source of income.
How did your idea come about? How did you get started in your business?
Art has been the one internal constant passion that has stayed with me my entire life. I first showed my work publicly in Charlotte, NC. The owner of a cafe I frequented asked me to fill a large, blank wall with paintings and the rest is history.
How did you organize your team?
I am a one man act, for now. But, my amazing girlfriend Grace and awesome family members have always stepped up, especially my sister Christina. My good friend Claire steps in and will help me with my social media, as well.
What were some of your concerns as a start up?
My biggest concern has been about having a work/life balance. I work another job as well for now and when I’m home I like to spend time creating. I will occasionally get lost in those and regret not spending time with people I care about, after the fact.
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Each and every piece I’ve created has a story behind it. I love hearing others’ interpretations of my work and noticing the similarities and differences. I enjoy having a flexible schedule as well. Sometimes inspiration hit at the strangest times.
As a startup entrepreneur what type of lessons could you give to inventors and people with new ideas as to how to bring their ideas to fruition?
Stay persistent, passionate, and genuine. Have confidence in your ideas and speak openly and often about them. Find creative ways to promote yourself and utilize social media for all of the free marketing it provides.
What are the top 3 skills you believe are needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
- Perseverance is needed to rise up thru opposition and learn from past mistakes.
- Confidence will keep others at ease and your mindset positive and clear.
- Communication helps everyone understand your current position and direction.
Are you familiar with any of the laws regarding patent, trademark law or licensing and how they affect your business?
I have a basic idea of intellectual property including copyright but am always open to learning more. I know that my work should have a copyright to protect images of my work from being used without my permission.
What is one of your favorite books that inspired you the most?
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. The journey of self discovery is never ending. Realizing that we are all part of something larger is a motivator towards being a good, moral person.
What is your favorite quote?
This quote is actually from another great book – “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
What was the best advice/wisdom you were ever given?
The constant theme from many of my friends and family has been, “Don’t stop.” And in times when inspiration is thin a tiny voice pops up in my head saying, “Keep it Pushin! ”
How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
In a lot of ways, pursuing my art has brought me together with my family more often. My family is very supportive and they have been encouraging me every step of the way. I am graced to be surrounded by so much love.
Do you have any questions that you think should be asked and answered?
I think you covered a lot of bases. I’m satisfied.
Do want to add anything else?
Thanks for reading!
To visit Jeffrey’s website, click here.
The importance of copyright protection.
As Jeffrey mentioned earlier, there are times when artwork may be used without permission. Artwork will generally qualify for copyright if it meets the necessary requirements. Protection is crucial since it helps prevent others from using copyrightable works without permission.
More specifically, copyright law confers the copyright owner with the right to reproduce their work. Anyone else who reproduces the work without permission would therefore be committing copyright infringement. Additionally, the copyright holder also has the right to make derivative works, which is the right to produce new or modified types of work based on the original copyrighted work. If anyone without the copyright holder’s permission reproduces the copyrighted work or makes a derivative work thereof, the owner has grounds to stop them under copyright law.
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