Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Marina Pinto Miller PhD, an artist, illustrator, published author, multi-modal communicator based in Toronto, ON, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a freelance fine artist and illustrator. People who are involved in music love my paintings of sound and music. I have also illustrated three children’s books, two of which I have also written. My illustrations are inclusive and representative of diversity and disability!

Tell us about yourself

I have always felt compelled to express myself through drawing and painting and imagery in general. However, given my physical disability, I was encouraged to take a more conventional route to employment. What keeps me going is the joy l get When creating and the joy People get from my work.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Perseverance in my passion. Continuing on in the face of many challenges. I now have a body of work and a consistent path toward realizing my goal of using my art to uplift people.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

Time, energy, resources, and dedication. Knowing your strengths and Honouring your limitations.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Make sure you have a backup plan for funding.
  2. Work hard and know who you are working with and what they can and cannot do.
  3. Integrity and trust are everything.

Where can people find you and your business?


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