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Brenda Kahn
Location: New York City
Age: 32
Education: BA Political Science

Wanna be a rock star when you grow up? Brenda Kahn did, and now she's doing it her way!

She runs a website called dedicated to independent women in the arts. The site is an online magazine promoting music, art, film, and writing as well as a production company that promotes and sponsors multi media events.

Brenda wasn't always planning do go out and make her own path in the music industry however.

"After 10 years in the music industry, I realized that even with a measure of success (I was signed to Columbia for three years), it was virtually impossible to have a lasting career as a recording artist be it with small or big labels. The biggest stumbling blocks however for artists are promotion and distribution. I had my own website for my music which put me in touch with hundreds of people who had heard my music or found it though friends and I realized the potential for all artists. It basically leveled the playing field for artists in terms of distribution and promotion. This coupled with my desire to create a networking non-competitive environment for independent women artists led me to the idea of starting this organization."

After making the decision, there were a few early tough spots.

"My biggest obstacle was getting started. I called my domain name 3 years ago thinking I would like to include other women on the site. But I wasn't sure people would take it seriously or if it would do well or if I could make money. Finally I decided I was going to make a whole lot of mistakes making it happen, so it would be better to start making them now and get them out of the way!"

"The second obstacle was thinking about the site as a business and not a hobby. I think this is a big issue for women. Women are taught to work for other people not to work for themselves, so it's difficult to think about taking your experience, seeing it as valuable and starting your own company."




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