As a Career & Life Coach for Artists, I’m often asked: What is coaching for creative people all about? How does it work? How can coaching help? What skills do artists need to bring to the coaching relationship?
Sometimes artists begin the coaching process with clear goals, but often need help figuring out where they want to go and how to get there. Be honest with your coach in describing your hopes and dreams and doubts. Be patient with yourself as you discover your path.
During the coaching process artists learn new skills and develop new habits. Sometimes this means learning “left brain skills” like planning, organizing, and managing time. Artists who want to get better at marketing need old fashioned skills like talking and writing about their work, but also need to create an effective “digital presence” in the virtual art world. Established artists often have to think bigger in order to reach the next level in their careers.
Coaching is a structure of accountability. During each session you’ll identify a series of small steps to take before you meet again. Coaching works because you have a partner, an experienced professional who supports you and cares about your progress. It might take a few weeks or months, but you’ll begin to find new ways of thinking about your art practice and career.
Coaching helps you understand that you’re not alone. You’ll find out that you’re not the only artist who is technologically challenged, or hesitant to ask for help from their network, or confused about how to navigate the opportunities available now.
A good coach listens more than they talk. They ask good questions. They help you think. The process is working when you begin to discover what you always knew.
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.