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Dorothy Shain | Mixed Media Artist


Dorothy Shain is a mixed media artist who in a short period of time has already made a real career out of her truly beautiful and unique art. As a “left brain” person, it’s taken a lot to cultivate and enhance my creativity, so I had a lot of questions for Dorothy about her creative process and learned quite a lot through this conversation. The menswear market is crowded, and I knew that going in, but I have so much respect for artists who go all in on their talent to build a career in potentially the most crowded market there is! Anyone can call themselves an artist - few can make something really valued out of a career in it. I loved hearing how Dorothy internalized the lessons from Danny Meyer’s “Setting The Table” about really owning the touchpoints and relationships in her world to create a memorable experience and story for her customers and art. She also has a unique approach to the morning - 10 minutes of meditation, 10 minutes of reading, and writing down 10 things she’s grateful for - that have helped keep her sane on a very tough journey of building a career out of her art. This was a really different conversation in many ways while being so very similar to convesrations with more traditional business founders. I was fortunate to have it and hope you find value in listening to it. You can support the amazing work she’s doing for cancer survivors via her Instagram. I just bought one of the commemorative scarves after hearing the story behind the initiative.

Please check out her work at and visit her on Instagram @dorothy_shain.

Show Notes:

6:00  Why opening her inbox is like Christmas

6:43  The first time I’ve heard the word Gouache

10:00 How international travel changed Dorothy’s perspective on her career path

10:40 “So what exactly do you do with an art major?”

12:30 #CubeLife

13:30 Why it took so long for Dorothy to get back to art

18:00 Background on the inspiration for her art

22:45 The struggle of what art an artist keeps - pick just one

27:00 Thank you notes and gratitude

31:30 How Setting the Table changed Dorothy’s perspective on hospitality and business

34:30 Morning routine: ten minutes of meditation, ten pages of a book, ten things she is grateful for

41:00 Moment: an app that can change your life

45:30 When Mindy Kaling bought her art and posted it to social media

49:30 Let negativity fuel your fire

57:15 A meaningful initiative to support cancer survivors by raising $50,000. Check it out here

1:03:00 How I Built This podcast

1:05:00 This best gift ever is probably the best gift ever


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