Location: New York City
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
WOMANROCK.com 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.
biggest obstacle was getting started. I called my domain name
WOMANROCK.com 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."