Stepping Up

Seven-year-old turns ambitious attitude into creative enterprise

A pint-sized package of creativity, 7-year-old Aiy’Den Scott-Drain already has four businesses under his belt.

He sells original paintings through Aiy’Den’s Art state to state and in Evansville, where he spends summers with family. He splits profits from his art sales at pop-up shops, online, and galleries four ways: investing, buying equipment, spending on himself, and giving back to the community. This year, he’s raising money for veterans and the Ozanam Family Shelter.

“It makes me happy to see other people happy,” he says. “That’s why I make art.”

A T-shirt line, A.S.D. Apparel, debuted in 2018, with a children’s activities magazine following in 2020. That year, he began Moosa’s Meals, a YouTube Channel where Chef Moosa (a nickname given to him by his mother, Mary Drain, who also homeschools him) prepares healthy meals.

To date, Scott-Drain has sold more than 2,000 pieces of art, 450 T-shirts, and 215 magazines. He thinks hand-painted and designed shoes will be his next venture.

“I enjoy it,” he says. “It makes me happy, and I never want to stop.”

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Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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