Dancers Pivot Into a New Role: Entrepreneur
Surviving as an artist turns out to be good preparation for running a business.
After winning her first ballet contract with the Joffrey Ballet at age 9, Allison Patel was dancing professionally in dance troupes and Off-Broadway shows by her early 20s. But that meant financial struggle. “My first year I netted $20,000,” said Ms. Patel. “Given that $11,000 of that went to rent, how did I survive?”