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What’s a good plan B to have if you’re someone who’s interested in the arts?

I always think about having my own business one day so I’m wondering in addition to majoring in acting and minoring in dance or directing or writing, what’s the best field within business to take on?

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Dezire,


Great question! Having a business background is a key foundation to owning a business. This means taking those classes in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Marketing, and some Technology will truly help you understand the concepts of where to begin if you want to start a business.


When you work for yourself, you'll definitely need to understand how to manage your money, market your business and build your own website for clients to contact you.


As far as the creative side, Photography would be a great minor so you have content to put on your website and engage your clients with. Owning a business myself, I have found that with all these combined (Marketing & Photography especially) I'm able to reach the markets I want . Another great one would be some kind of communication class. I've found a lot of clients and customers send emails and want to interact. Understanding how to communicate professional via email can take you VERY far in your business!


I hope this helps, please feel free to leave a comment for some more feedback if its needed.

Stephanie recommends the following next steps:

Accounting - learning how to manage your money for your business
Finance - if you live in the United States like me, you MUST pay taxes! Finance courses dig deeper into the concept of taxes and what they might mean for you in your business
Photography - generate and engage customers with great creative content that you took on yourself! Websites, social media and emails will all need some kind of photos to help customers visualize what you deliver.
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Eric’s Answer

From my experience and depending on school, a business degree would be a strong alternative major. During my undergrad, accounting was the strongest major with the most opportunities during my undergrad given the demand for accounting professionals. Accounting also provides a strong fundamental base for business professionals and provides a decent starting salary if finances are a concern.

Eric recommends the following next steps:

Perform research on the typical business undergrad programs offered and figure out which program interests you.
Perform research on the accounting industry and determine whether this is a potential option.
Reach out to a business professional and pick their brain!
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Phil’s Answer

Marketing or a general business management degree would compliment your arts degree. Minimally, take entry level marketing, accounting, and finance classes to get a well rounded understanding of business.
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