Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship

Self Employment in the Arts OzArts Conference

Saturday, February 21

Self Employment in the Arts

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The purpose behind the SEA Conference is to help students and future artists gain insightful information drawn from the experience of other artists that have been successful in their field.

Each year the SEA Conference aims to bring in a larger audience by hosting new and exciting speakers relevant to the interests and disciplines of our attendees. The goal of the SEA Conference is to provide attendees with a meaningful and informative experience that empowers them to further develop their artistic careers.

Where: Drury University, Springfield, Missouri: Trustee Science Center

When:Saturday, February 21 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Who: For college students, serious high school students, artists and educators

Cost:$15 per person advance tickets
$25 the day of the conference
Free to area students with a valid student ID

What to expect:

  • Inspiring & resourceful artist led conference sessions
  • One-on-one sessions with established artists
  • Training on how to organize and run your business

SEA Conference Schedule

Registration Information

Online: Registration Form

By phone: (417) 873-6357

2105 speakers coming soon!

2014 SEA OzArts Speakers


Gary BedellGary Bedell

Gary Bedell is a self-educated artist from Springfield, Missouri.  He is an expert in digital art as well as drawing and painting by hand.  Bedell has created work for Warner, Nickelodeon and Disney. In 2010, a collection of his work called Thawed was published. Recently, Gary taught an illustration course at Arts & Letters and plans to offer it again.  As charming as he is talented, Gary is a favorite figure in the local art scene as well as a creative force in the illustration field at large.

Speaker's Session:

Starships, Monsters, and Paying Your Bills  



Cody CollierCody Collier

Cody Collier is originally from Springfield, MO and has lived in New York and Los Angeles over the past few years. He is currently performing as the title role in his 4th international tour of “Scooby-Doo LIVE!”. The tour has included performances all over USA, Canada, The Middle East & Australia. Cody has also been featured on TV shows such as NBC’S “SMASH” and The CW’s “Gossip Girl” as well as promos and music videos for P!nk and Miley Cyrus. Upon finishing this last leg of “Scooby-Doo”, Cody plans to return to Los Angeles to focus his attention on Film and TV projects.


Speaker's Session:

Acting - Make an Adventure Out of It

Ric FurmanRic Furman

Ric Furman came to international attention in his successful debut with Seattle Opera’s production of Fidelio singing the principle role of Florestan. He has since been asked to sing some of the most demanding heldentenor roles throughout the United States. His nearly 20 years as a professional classical singer have featured venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, and Notre Dame Cathedral as well as opera companies including Cincinnati Opera, Virginia Opera, Portland Opera and Seattle Opera. Mr. Furman did his Bachelors studies at Western Illinois University and Masters studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Speaker's Session:

Being Your Own Agent:Promoting yourself, managing your career trajectory and contract negotiations.

Jan HydeJan Hyde

Jan graduated from Missouri State University in 1974 with a degree in Art Education, and a minor in Art History. She then taught art for 14 years and in 1998 she opened her own art gallery, now called the Hyde Gallery. Jan is now a representative for over 150 artists, and she is also the founder of the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Springfield. She has served as the director for First Friday Artwalk, the Chair of the Board for the Springfield Art Museum, as well as serving on other art committees in the area.


Speaker's Session:

Getting Ready for the Gallery: Eight Tips for the Emerging Artist


Photo courtesy of 417 Magazine


Kelly KnauerKelly Knauer

Kelly Knauer has written and edited more than 50 books for Time Magazine, including volumes on Hurricane Katrina, the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, global warming and the Middle East. As a freelancer, he has been a corporate speechwriter in New York City, a radio scriptwriter, and an advertising copywriter. He is currently working pro bono on two freelance pieces for the Springfield Regional Arts Council and Ozarks Greenways.

His presentation will feature Clarissa French, former editor, Springfield Business Journal, and Joe Donohue, the chief copywriter for Mother's Brewing Co.

Speaker's Session:

Selfies for Sale: Writing for Hire in the 21st Century          


Susan LaBarrSusan LaBarr

Susan LaBarr (b. 1981) holds a Master of Music in Music Theory and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. While at Missouri State, Susan sang in the Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Guy B. Webb and was also a member of Missouri State's premier female a cappella group, A Cub Bella, from its origination in 2002 to her graduation in 2007. Susan currently works as Editor of Walton Music, a choral music publisher with a history of over 60 years. She is an active composer with pieces published through Santa Barbara Music Company and Morningstar Music. She has served as Missouri Composer Laureate for two years (2012-2013) and has studied with Alice Parker as a Fellow in both her Composer's Workshop and her Melody Studies Workshop. Susan is the composer-in-residence for the Tennessee Chamber Chorus (Cleveland, TN). Susan and her husband Cameron reside in Cleveland, Tennessee where Cameron is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University.


Speaker's Session:

Bringing Music to Life: A Perspective on Composing and Publishing

Mark OehlerMark Oehler

Mark Oehler graduated from UNI (Cedar Falls, Iowa) with a BA in Art Education in 1968 emphasizing in clay. He was drafted by the US Army Oct 1968 and served in Vietnam from June 1969 - June 1970. After his military service, he graduated from The University of Wisconsin with a Master in Fine Arts.  Currently, he is the owner of Omega Pottery Shop, Reeds Spring, Mo., which has been in operation since 1972. He sells his work at art fairs in Wisconsin, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Chicago, Florida and places in between. 


Speaker's Session:

Potter's Studio and Sales Gallery. So, you want to be a full time studio craftsman?

Kay Osborne

Kay Osborne

Since 1989, Kay Osborne has contributed to the long-term success of the arts community in Missouri. Her reputation as a solid manager, valued adviser, community collaborator and respected consultant is well known statewide. She continually partners with local, regional, and statewide agencies to insure the stability and success of both art organizations and policy making agencies.

Recently retired from her position as Director of the Arts Administration Program at Drury University, Kay is enjoying teaching classes at the Drury Monett Campus, consulting with small and mid-sized arts organizations and spending time with her grandbabies.

Speaker's Session:

Accounting for the Arts:  The Basics of Budgeting, Bookkeeping,Taxes

Jimmy Osmond

Jimmy Osmond

Jimmy Osmond is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, who has obtained success both on and off the stage. Not only popular as one of the enduring entertainers of the Osmond Family, Jimmy is highly respected as an entertainment executive.  Jimmy has produced record breaking concert tours, Las Vegas extravaganzas and has also produced many hours of programming for theatrical films, made for television movies, variety specials, music videos, albums and commercials for major U.S. and international artists and corporations.

As President of Osmond Entertainment, Jimmy has served as Executive Producer for such networks as ABC, BBC, PBS and the Disney Channel.  

Jimmy has owned and operated production studio facilities and live performance theaters for over 25 years. He has recently acquired the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri. In Utah, Jimmy is Chairman of the Board of Osmond Real Estate and Development, and he is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Miracle Network.


Speaker's Session:

The Business of Show

Anne Roderique-Jones

Anne Roderique-Jones

Anne Roderique-Jones is a freelance writer living in New York City who covers food, travel and lifestyle topics for print and online. As a journalist, she’s written for Saveur, Arrive, The Knot, REDBOOK, Woman’s Day, Zagat, Refinery29, DuJour, ShermanTravel, Fathom, WeddingChannel, Serious Eats, Thrillist, YouBeauty, Gotham Magazine and Chronogram among other publications, and her work has been nationally syndicated on AOL, Yahoo, and MSN. She’s reported for Glamour Magazine and has interviewed fitness guru Richard Simmons, Drew and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers, MLB All-Star Harold Reynolds, Dr. Oz, along with celebrity chefs, including Mario Batali. When she’s not feasting on Palmetto Weevil grubs in Ecuador, sampling fugu in Tokyo or surfing the waves in Hawaii, she’s reporting on everything from women freezing their eggs to the hottest cocktail trends. 


Reed WaddleReed Waddle

Reed Waddle is a modern day troubadour.  The Destin, Florida native has dedicated his life to writing songs. This vow to music has taken him across the country numerous times, with residencies in Boston, Colorado, New York City, and most recently in the Midwest hills of Missouri. The award winning songwriter has collected a fair amount of hardware along the way. He has been crowned the winner of the New York Songwriter’s Circle. He has also been a two time International Songwriting Competition Finalist, a winner in the Great American Song, as well as the New Song Mountain Stage Contests. His most recent victory came at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where he, quite fittingly, was named the winner of the Telluride Troubadour Competition. His music has been played on Sirius Radio and he has shared the stage with The All American Rejects, Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, The Swell Season, Hall and Oates, Tim Reynolds, among many others.


Speaker's Session:

Playing for Supper: The Art of Survival as a Musician 

Peter BezemesPeter Bezemes

Peter Bezemes Casting provides talent searches, selection and coordination services for producers of theatrical motion pictures, television, theater, commercials, industrials, and print & variety entertainment.


Speaker's Session:

Making Your Way in the Business of Entertainment: Broadway to Burbank, with Branson in Between 

SEA OzArts Additional Information

Contact Information

For more information, contact the Edward Jones Center at (417) 873-6357 or at ejc@drury.edu.


Funding for SEA OzArts is provided by:

The Coleman Foundation

SEA OzArts Partner:

Springfield Regional Arts CouncilSAA Drury SGA

SEA is coordinated by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.