The Real Smarty Pants
helping creative visionaries become entrepreneurs
About Andrea Lazar
Andrea Lazar started her career in arts management, working in multi-disciplinary arts institutions, producing theater, and even racking up a few filmmaking credits. She returned to Houston in 1995, applied her operational Ninja skills to the restaurant business, caught the entrepreneurship bug, and created and operated three businesses over the next 12 years. 

In 2008, Andrea founded her independent consulting company, The Real Smarty Pants, to advise creative entrepreneurs on start-up processes. She also currently teaches a graduate-level course on entrepreneurship at The University of Houston.
Andrea is a Longhorn and a Mustang, with a BA (Plan II) from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA and an MA (Arts Administration) from Southern Methodist University.

She is a pioneer of the local food movement in Houston, a passionate supporter of artists, and is collaborating on the biography of John Saunders Chase, the first African-American architect to be licensed in the state of Texas.