MENTORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A great mentor can help you develop greater confidence, take risks, learn new skills, and become more effective in your work.
They offer advice, ideas and insights on your career, drawing on their own experience.
They help you address specific challenges, champion you, provide recommendations and fresh perspectives.
Creative mentoring sessions can focus on a specific objective, skill or challenge such as:
- Career advice
- Business development
- CV surgeries
- Expanding your network
- Improving your Artist Statement or CV
- Interview preparation
- Planning for an exhibition or new commission
- Pricing your work
- Negotiating contracts
MENTORING VS COACHING - WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Mentoring and Coaching are both beneficial to a successful creative career. But they offer support in different ways.
Working with a creative mentor is like being given a detailed roadmap to your ideal destination, from a trusted explorer who knows the best route.
They’ll provide reliable directions, signaling which is the best route to get you there safely and quickly.
They’ll recommend great places to stop and take in the view, and if you get stuck along the way they’ll be on hand to help you retrace your steps or find a shortcut.
Working with a creative coach is like having your car serviced by an experienced mechanic.
They work alongside you to get under the bonnet and fine tune your engine, so you’re firing on all cylinders.
They train you to change your oil, fix your brake pads and show you which parts to attend to in future, to keep your motor running.
It’s a shorter, thorough service, resulting in a powerful vehicle primed for the creative journey ahead.
Either way we can help.
- A creative coach is a qualified coaching professional with a background or interest in the arts.
- They ask powerful, incisive questions that unlock unhelpful thoughts and patterns of behavior and reveal new possibilities and avenues to explore.
- They draw on industry tools and exercises to facilitate new habits that affect positive change and build confidence.
- Coaching programmes are usually fairly short-term, objective driven, working towards a specific goal or outcome determined together.
- A creative mentor is an established artist or arts professional.
- They offer advice, ideas and insight drawing on their own experience.
- A mentor can help you address a specific challenge such as improving your artist statement or professional CV, reviewing your portfolio, applying for a job or funding.
- They will champion you, provide recommendations and fresh perspectives.