Continuous Learning is Key
When Jayli first moved to Toronto, she was accepted into a 6-month business course at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training. It taught her a broad spectrum of skills, such as how to set business goals, manage finances, create a marketing plan, find grants and navigate the business side of the arts. “It is so beneficial for artists who wish to be self-employed to understand how to sell their art, track their progress and hit target goals,” said Jayli. Not only did Jayli learn these much needed skills, but she also connected with like-minded Indigenous entrepreneurs. “School is an amazing place to build friendships and find community,” said Jayli.
The Remix Project was the place where Hayden found his mentors and support system. “Being consistent and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is where you will make the most advancement,” said Hayden. The Remix Project offered that environment for him. Regularly, they would have people who were excelling at their artistic endeavours come speak to
“Learning that failure is the greatest teacher and that even the biggest artists had to fight their way to the top was inspiring. In an age where social media usually only boasts our successes in life it was comforting to know that even the most successful amongst us have struggles,” said Hayden. “It’s how we navigate through the let downs and difficult situations in life that propels us in the right direction. Stay focused and resilient. And always follow your passions. They are the wings to your soul.”