Doers 004 – Hannah Phillips on Being a Professional Artist, Skipping College, and the Doer’s Mindset

Hannah Phillips is a 19 year-old artist-entrepreneur in Pittsburgh, PA and has run her own business since before most people have even held a job. She’s one of those people who knew from a young age exactly what she wanted to do — she wanted to be an artist. Through high school, she focused on growing her photography and design business, all while holding down three other jobs as as things such as a server and a tennis coach.

Hannah and I discuss everything from how she knew at such a young age what she wanted to do, how she got started with her business, how she told her teachers and peers she was going to bypass college altogether (and their general shock), and what’s next for her. She’s an excellent example of what being extremely focused and having definiteness of purpose can result in.

Since we spoke, Hannah has broken off from her Praxis business partner and gone 100% in on her business, HP Media. The business partner, a creative ad and digital marketing agency in Pittsburgh, has hired her as a freelancer and she’s able to devote her attention entirely to building the business she’s dreamt of since a young age.

You can follow Hannah at her blog here and visit her portfolio site here. You can learn more about the HP Media Scholarship and support it here.


Big thanks to Lacey Peace, by whom all episodes of Doers are produced. 

My books, Freedom Without Permission and The End of School are available on Amazon Kindle for free until Wednesday. Go download your copies now. 

Doers 004 – Hannah Phillips on Being a Professional Artist, Skipping College, and the Doer’s Mindset