Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank, which is focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show. In 2017, it’s hosting casting calls across the country, giving diverse entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses and appear on the ninth season of Shark Tank. It will also host pitch prepping sessions, entrepreneurship resources, and discussions on access to capital for entrepreneurs around the country, with the goal of every entrepreneur leaving these events better than when they arrived.
At each stop, Brandon Andrews sits down for a Q&A with entrepreneurs from the casting calls and the organizations that support them. While in Harlem, Andrews sat down with Nude Barre CEO Erin Carpenter.
Brandon Andrews: What’s the Nude Barre Story?
Erin Carpenter: Nude Barre was started based on a series of embarrassing moments I had as a professional dancer and commercial actress. As a teenager, I received scholarships to dance programs like Alvin Ailey, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Princeton Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet. In my professional career, I did various commercials (American Airlines, Nivea, Burlington Coat Factory, etc.) and performed as a Knicks City Dancer. Throughout my time as …read more