Working with a coach can give artists space to step back and see how well your current work aligns with where you want to be.

We all exist in the overlap between our various priorities. You might have multiple projects at different stages: new ideas brewing; some that need focused production time and others that are ready to be out in the world.

Ideally these three stages are well balanced and you have the resources you need to take care of yourself and your needs as a human being at the same time.

But often our available time and attention gets used up by whatever’s urgent and we don’t often take time and space to reflect on the overall direction of our practice and how well it fits with our needs as an artist and as a person.

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People often ask about the difference between coaching and mentoring. The definitions I use are:

  • a COACH works with their clients by helping them identify and achieve their own goals (internal answers)
  • a MENTOR shares their own experience so the other person can benefit from knowing how the mentor’s career unfolded (external answers)

In reality, these meanings aren’t fixed. The terms gets used in different ways, and some people blend them into their own unique style.

If you’re looking for support, the key difference is whether you want someone to review your work to date and steer to you towards possible next steps (external answers), or you want to work on your personal connection with your practice and by deepening your understanding of your process, identify your own next steps (internal answers).

Both approaches are useful. There are times when it’s really valuable to sit down with someone who can view your work in a wider context and suggest directions, opportunities and resources that might be relevant for you. And there are other times when it’s important to reflect on what your work means to you as a person and how your practice reflects your overall values and intentions.

I believe that when you really understand the core of your work, and what makes it uniquely yours, the next steps become much more obvious. When we stop thinking about what we should do and start doing work that really resonates with who we are, all the external stuff falls into place much more easily.


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