At AIB, our focus is helping artists of all disciplines center self-care, honor their creative vision, and build a sustainable income online.

If you’re ready to grow your art business to its fullest potential, you’re in the right place.

 

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Meet the founder Alexis Fedor

“Building your business as an artist is about building the life you are meant to live.”

Alexis Fedor

I’m a performance Artist, Writer, and Educator. I teach artists how to build thriving business.

I believe in creating artistic businesses that align passion, purpose and profit.

My mission is to empower artists to overcome their obstacles and build a life that’s creatively fulfilling and financially secure.

It means the world to me to share this journey with you.

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Meet Founder

“The most direct path to
success lies within your own
story.”

Alexis Fedor

With a poet and English teacher for a mother and a painter and sculptor for a father, it was no surprise I gravitated towards creativity.

My parents taught me to lean into my creativity and most importantly, to work hard for what I wanted. In my first dance class at age eight, I was hopelessly uncoordinated and ready to quit. But my parents convinced me that if I was truly dedicated, I could reach my goal.
 

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One step at a time

With a poet and writer for a mother and a painter and sculptor for a father, it was no surprise I gravitated towards creativity.

My parents taught me to lean into my creativity and most importantly, to work hard for what I wanted. In my first dance class at age eight, I was hopelessly uncoordinated and ready to quit. But my parents convinced me that if I was truly dedicated, I could reach my goal.

“One step at a time,” my father would say. He built a wooden tap floor in the basement where I could practice every day, I did. I spent months breaking my routine down into small sections and practiced until I could do it in my sleep.

When I stood on the wing of that stage for the first time, I was shaking like a leaf. But once the lights came up, my nerves disappeared and I was moving through that routine like it was nobody’s business. I had never felt so free—I felt like I could dance for the rest of my life.

That experience taught me the importance of dedication, and of tackling things in bite-sized pieces. I’ve carried these lessons through my entire career, even today. Breaking impossible tasks down to create clarity and structure is all part of my process in business and art.

It all started on that stage, with the revelation that patience and practice could pave the way to my dream of being a professional dancer.

The Wild Card

My parents saw my dedication and supported my growth as a dancer, but they weren’t the only guiding force I had—my uncle, who was like a second father to me, was the wild card in my life. He taught me the importance of understanding and mastering money.

My Uncle Juice was an electrician by trade, a jewelry maker on the side, and a very smart and savvy investor. Growing up in the Depression with less than nothing, he figured out how to take money matters into his own hands and create true wealth.

Starting when I was four years old, my uncle began an in-depth conversation with me about money. He would take me to Kmart and let me shop for toys, talking about the stock market, personal finance, and investment strategies while I browsed the toy aisle.

He continued that conversation until I graduated from high school, but I never really listened. In fact, I wasn’t interested in money at all. It was only later on, in my mid-twenties, that I realized that mastering money could make my artistic life secure and fulfilling.

You’re gonna be broke

If you’re an artist, you’ve likely heard this a thousand times. We were taught to expect that our creative paths would lead us to permanent financial struggle.

It wasn’t until I was in college that my mindset began to change. When a professor jokingly told my ballet class that we were going to be broke forever, something snapped inside me. Why did we have to be broke?

I finally saw the value of mastering money the way my uncle had. I dove into this new arena and began taking classes on investing and the stock market. I learned to trade stocks, buy options and manage my own money. I finally felt that I had some control.

This led me to found my first company when I was 32 years old. Although I was full of optimism and confidence, my business failed within the first year. Everything I had been working for disappeared, and I was completely lost.

Even though I knew how to manage my own money, I didn’t understand the financial side of running a business. While I felt I had nothing left after my first business failed, I had valuable experience and the beginning of a mission.

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Art, Business & Real Wealth

From my lowest point after losing my first business, I went back to work and used what I had learned to create a hugely successful online campaign for a major client.

Over the next six years, I worked with clients valued between $2 million and $5 million, helping them grow the online side of their businesses. Working with them, I learned the foundational business principles that had been missing from my first company.

I took those lessons and transitioned my career, and I began editing book memoirs by female entrepreneurs. That year, I made six figures with my art. I finally understood what it took to create a thriving artistic business, and I wanted to share that with the world.

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We are paying back and proud to be supporting these charities:

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A former sexual assault victim, I have supported RAINN as a way to give back to those in a situation that can lead to confusing and emotionally disruptive trauma for those who experience any form of sexual abuse.

RAINN has one of the best networks for sexual assault victims, for which I’m proud to have been a RAINNMaker for personally, and to now be able to spread awareness and offer continuous support through Artists in Business.

My grandmother and aunt were both nurses, as well as my cousin, so I’ve always been sensitive to the deep levels of care nurses bring to the patients they care for on a daily basis.

But it wasn’t until my father was in his last days in the hospital that I understood the depths to which dedicated nurses go to make sure patients are taken care of every moment in times of greatest need.

It was then I vowed to consistently support the Nurses Foundation in honor of the nurses who give so much of themselves and are often the most unsung heroes.

As a woman in favor of supporting and empowering other women, there is nothing closer to my heart than being able to support young girls on their journey to letting their greatness shine.

She’s the First captured my heart with its mission of supporting girls in situations where they would not otherwise be given the opportunity to pursue higher levels of education.

I’m proud to share their mission further by giving back through Artists in Business.