We’ve been talking about the challenges of the new year and new decade. You may have big goals in mind, or even small but difficult ones. You have gotten organized, you’re being strategic, but you still aren’t quite there yet. Maybe it is time to ask for help.
There are many kinds of art professionals who can help you with your career, including agents, curators, art consultants, and coaches.
Today let’s talk about art coaches, people who help you make progress in your art practice or career. Take your time in finding a coach who is right for you. Look at their websites, read testimonials, and check out their background and expertise. Reputable coaches are certified by a professional organization and offer a free consultation so that you can get a feel for their style and personality.
A good coach will help you figure out what you want to achieve. They will recommend practical strategies. They listen to you carefully so that they hear what you are saying and struggling to say. A good coach is your partner and champion, someone who believes in you.
A good coach will give you a structured process to follow. Typically you’ll begin by defining your goals, identifying the obstacles that might get in your way, and planning specific action steps for you to follow. The coaching process offers what is called a “structure of accountability.” This means that you are motivated to take action steps because you have an objective partner who cares about your progress.
Interview several coaches before you decide. Ask yourself, who do I trust? Who is best qualified to help me? Keep looking until you find the coach who is right for you.
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.