Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I have been developing my entrepreneurial skills over the past five years.
When I was studying and working in Milan, I gathered a group of nine international artists around the theme "A healthier world with Art". Together, we launched our project "Make your Space" in July 2011 that we exhibited at the contemporary Art centre, Fabrica del Vapore. Even if I encouraged the initiative, I did not act as a manager but as a coordinator by making all members equal. As a consequence, managing the project and the team went smoothly and it made me feel comfortable with holding a leading position.
Besides my artistic activities, I also have been involved in business. When I was living in Berlin, I integrated a business called Oxymoron-TV. My main tasks were to paint and sell unique hand-painted T-shirts and to develop the brand and the showroom.
On top of that, I was co-managing the company with its head. Thanks to my involvement, we multiplied the profits by 3 in only one month (from 1,500 to 4,500 euros). My flexibility, my artistic skills and my analytical ability did help a lot in our achievement.
Today for AWA, I am actively managing about 40 people from different ages and countries, which is made easier thanks to my capacity to speak four languages fluently. My main tasks are to organise the work by, for example, splitting jobs, setting deadlines and keeping up priorities. I do pay attention to encourage members of the team by highlighting everyone’s hard and good work and by being fair and positive, while keeping a balance with being firm and directive.
Once again, even if I am the founder the project, I am not acting as the head but as the coordinator. I am open to feedback and constructive criticism to make the project go further. I can also adapt to the different people that I am working with.
Since May 2015, AWA has officially become partner with significant organisations thanks to my ability to present the project and my determination to develop it quickly.
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I have been working as an artist for five years. To promote my work, I have been taking part to various exhibitions in Art galleries and in dedicated events, such as the Biennial of Mulhouse (2012), which I was selected for amongst 2,000 students by the Academia di Belle Arti di Brera (The Fine Art school of Milan).
The main Art areas that I am working on are painting and photography. I have also been trained as a graphic designer. I designed posters for promoting events for theatre companies, for concerts and for associations. I also designed AWA’s logo.
Today, most of my artworks have been sold which is, for me, a motivating achievement.
Being an artist and an agrégé Art teacher (Agrégation is the highest distinction for teachers in France), I have a good knowledge of Art History and I have a clear outlook on the current market of contemporary Art.