Artist and entrepreneur Danny Cross of Graff Lab Studio recently met with students from Islip High School’s Junior Chamber of Commerce and STAR clubs to speak about his journey from graffiti artist to business owner and art educator. The students gained important knowledge about running a business and learned how their skills, talent, interests and determination could lead to a rewarding career. Mr. Cross also explained how he had to recreate his business during the challenges and closures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Take every failure, every obstacle as a learning experience to progress to the next step in figuring out how to make your business succeed,” he told the students.
“Mr. Cross really connected to the students and demonstrated how he followed his passion,” said teacher Renee Clock, the adviser of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Club.