What is creativity coaching?
A client-driven series of conversations exploring the obstacles getting in the way of your creativity, and a process to help you work toward fulfillment as a writer, visual artist or performer.
What’s the difference between mentoring and coaching?
There are areas of overlap, but a mentor’s approach is more directive and involves passing on the mentor’s wisdom and experience. By contrast, my aim as a coach is to facilitate your self-discovery. You decide what we’ll work on and choose goals and action steps based on your unique circumstances.
How can creativity coaching help me?
Through our one-on-one coaching sessions, you can gain an understanding of your unique creative process, anxiety management tools that work for you and the confidence and resilience to complete your creative projects and share them with the world.
How does it work?
We’ll start with a bit of background on your experience in the arts, where you are at the moment and what you’d like to work on. This will be the basis for a series of conversations, exploration and working toward your goals.
How many sessions will I need?
You may benefit from just a few sessions, or decide to work with me for a few months or longer, particularly if you need support through a lengthy project like a novel or new body of work.
Why do so many writers have unfinished manuscripts hidden away in a drawer?
Claiming your writer’s identity, finding the courage to show your work, and managing your reactions to what the world has to say about it are some of the challenges of the writer’s life. For some writers, the fear is so great that they’re unable to take the first step toward mastering these challenges.
I’m an art program graduate. How do I find my way now that school’s out?
Without the structure and peer support of the program, creativity can get pushed aside if you have to get a job, and then struggle to combine the job with making art. You may not have a long-term vision of what you’d like to accomplish, or have trouble choosing meaningful creative projects.
What if family members don’t care that you want to create? What if your loved ones are telling you to get a “real job?”
Lack of support at home for writing, art-making or musical aspirations can be extremely discouraging and de-motivating. Creative people need a tribe of like-minded souls they can count on for encouragement and understanding.
What if you love acting but fall apart at auditions?
Anxiety is a common issue for performers, and there are great stories about the lengths to which some have gone to manage their fears on stage. We know much more about fear reactions these days, and there are a number of techniques and strategies you can call on so you can get on with doing what you love.
Where can I get help with writer’s block?
A creativity coach can help you figure out why you’re stuck and help you develop strategies for overcoming your blocks.