Working with a coach or a mentor is extremely important for artists interested in furthering their career. Being an artist is a vulnerable state. Artists put their heart and soul into their work and presenting it to the world for consumption brings up lots of insecurities. Us artists want our work to be well-received and even sold. Commonly we hit creative blocks, bouts of self doubt and struggles with our business growth.
Working with a coach or a mentor can help with these things and more. Let’s get into the 10 benefits!
COACHES PROVIDE CLARITY
If an artist isn’t clear on the direction of their work or business, a coach can provide much needed clarity. They will review their work, their past efforts, their current strategies, what’s working and not working and provide an assessment and advice for the artist to see things clearly.
COACHES HELP RELIEVE CREATIVE BLOCKS
Creative blocks are the worst and can kill an artist’s flow. Sometimes artists are stuck and aren’t sure how to proceed or lose their way. Coaches can help identify the cause of the block - it may be a personal issue causing it or a mental issue. Sometimes it can even be an emotional one. Coaches will work with the artist on a personal level, getting to understand their motivations, interests and passions. They are trained to see the patterns and signs and can help energize the artist again to find inspiration and get back to work.
COACHES HELP WITH GETTING YOUR MOJO BACK
Sometimes artists get in slumps creatively, their tank is low and they have no new ideas, no interest in their craft or pursing their career. Coaches can come to the rescue and help them find their mojo again. Working closely with the artist they can help bring back their passion for creating and find new ways to approach their work and business breathing new life into it.
COACHES PROVIDE BUSINESS STRATEGY
The business of art is tricky and depending on the discipline it can have many routes to success. A coach can help navigate the waters and point the artist in the right direction, work with them on their vision, goals and give them a plan to follow to achieve them.
COACHES PROVIDE TRAINING AND HELP WITH SKILL-BUIILDING
Artists may need more training in their discipline to further their work. Maybe they need more training in using Photoshop, making digital presentations, help with advancing their abilities using certain traditional media, sharpening their composition skills, drawing skills and more. A coach trained in these particular skillsets can work with the artist individually and teach them the technical skills they need.
COACHES HELP ARTISTS PLAY TO THEIR STRENGTHS
Knowing your strengths as an artist is a invaluable. Once they find their special sauce they can be unstoppable. A coach can recognize their client’s strengths and abilities and help them play to them in their work creating stronger pieces and work that will be more cohesive and well-received.
COACHES INSPIRE AND SPARK CREATIVITY
To get the most out of an artist it helps them to be inspired to work. Finding motivation to spark creativity can be hard to do on your own especially when the spark isn’t there. A coach can help remind the artist of the things that they love and why. Using methods such as journaling, visiting their favorite places for inspiration, listening to music that puts them in a high vibe and more they can help provide tools for generating more than enough creativity and inspiration.
COACHES HELP WITH MINDSET
Having a positive and healthy mindset is important for artists and their careers. Artists are their own worst critic and sometimes they need to express their emotions and thoughts outside of their art. A coach will work with artists closely, helping them work through their personal challenges which is most likely affecting their work. They will counsel, support and uplift the artist, providing an outlet for the artist to vent. The coach will also provide tools for overcoming these challenges and help restore them to a healthy mindset of positivity and optimism.
COACHES PROVIDE MARKETING AND PROMOTION STRATEGIES
If an artist needs help marketing their business the coach can strategize their online and traditional marketing plan, help with PR, promotions and outreach. These efforts will bring in new work, opportunities and income.
COACHES PROVIDE ACCOUNTiBILTY AND GOAL SETTING
Coaches can help with setting goals, creating plans to execute them and see results. When the plan is in action the coach will keep the artist accountable for their work and keep them on track to achieve their goals.
As you can see artists can really thrive when working with a coach or mentor. They can receive the guidance they need to help them have a successful career!
INTERESTED IN RECEIVING MENTORING WITH YOUR CREATIVE WORK AND CAREER?
I have worked with many creatives (fine artists, surface pattern designers, illustrators and designers) providing them with:
- help seeing their strengths, full potential and vision for themselves (mindset work and clarity)
- strategies and assistance needed to achieve their goals (business audit and strategy)
- technical training needed to improve their skills, work and practice (art technique and digital art training)
- lessons on the business of art licensing and help preparing their work for submissions (art licensing training)
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