101010 Project: Dani Keith on Business Mentors

dani keith

business name: {dani keith designs}

years in business: 2

blog: http://danikeithdesigns.com/blog
shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/danikeith
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danikeithdesign
twitter: danikeithartist

maker of pretty things. grower of dreams. catalyst for creativity.

dani keith has been creating for a lifetime. in the spring of 2010 she was set up on a blind date with metalsmithing, and she says it was instant, true and deep love at first fusing! {dk} is constantly evolving, and dani is genuinely excited to see where each turn takes her.

artist statement: "I find the beauty in the simple geometry of shape and transform metal into a story that the wearer wants to be a part of"


QUESTION: Do you have a business mentor?  What value does that offer to your experiences as a business owner?

Dani's ANSWER:

My mentor is amazing on two levels, she is an amazing metalsmith/creative entrepreneur and I am lucky to have studied with her, plus she is a very successful gallery owner {one of my future goals} While there are numerous gifts that we give and receive when working in a collaborative studio space, what I learn from her is both how she continually feeds her creative muse and how that talent and creativity translates into her business model.  She is an amazing example of generous talent and savvy businesswoman.  Observing a person who has achieved my definition of success has had a dramatic effect on how my business model has evolved and been honed.


For more information on the 101010 Project check out the 101010 Website. For a complete list of questions and the women hosting them on their Websites, see below.

(Note: Due to life's unexpected twists & turns, this session of the 101010 Project features eight participants instead of the intended 10.)



Laura Otero: #1. Is it necessary for your business to line up with your soul purpose?  What value is there to having that aligned?

Me: #2. Do you have a business mentor?  What value does that offer to your experiences as a business owner?

Shari Sherman: #3. What animal would represent your first year of business.

Robin Norgren: #4. What business/businesses have you chosen to model your business after?

Dani Keith: #5. At this moment, what one idea do you need to start executing for your business?

Paula Joerling: #6. What part of your business have you delegated or put on hold in order to focus your energy more efficiently?

Valerie Weller: #7. How did you finally decide on the look of your brand?  What did the evolution look like?

Phyllis Dobbs: #8. Who is that one person you would like to sit and talk with about your business? What would you talk about?