Why working with a creative career coach can seem intimidating but really isn’t….

Sheila Chandra - Friday, October 05, 2018

Have you ever wanted to work with a coach on your creative career but felt you weren’t ready? That’s exactly the time you should!

Chances are, your creative career coach has seen it all…

Let’s get straight to the heart of the matter. If you need a career coach it’s because you need help. And sometimes that means you see weaknesses in your creative practice or creative career strategy that embarrass you. You may think that a creative career coach – one who’s successful, knowledgeable and experienced (otherwise why would you choose to work with them?) – is going to look down on you for making what you might consider basic mistakes. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A good coach doesn’t judge

And the reason they don’t, is that they’ve been there themselves. I know I have! Few of us get all the advice we need at the right time. And chances are, your creative career coach has learnt through making their own mistakes – some of them just as ‘basic’ or even far more ‘stupid’ than you might consider your own weaknesses to be. But the truth is there are no ‘stupid’ mistakes if you learn from them. And that’s something that coaches know very well.

The other thing about a good coach is that they are on your side! And what a relief that is, when you’re in a competitive environment… They are trained to ‘meet you where you are’ and not to judge. In fact, we coaches come to sessions excited to work on whatever will help our clients the most, whatever that is, and whatever they need.

A good coach will work to your pace and with your circumstances

That ‘meeting the client where they are’ is really important. A good coach will take things at your own pace. They will support you to make the changes that will have the most impact rather than asking you to follow a standard formula. They’ll listen to the root causes of the issues that are tripping you up and help you dig down into the soil of your psyche to uproot them for good. They’ll use their insights and experience to make tailor-made suggestions, and sit with you when you need to be still and feel what the next right step is.

Are you ‘unready’ or just the teeniest big scared?

But none of that can happen if you’re not just a little bit brave. You will need to be willing to be honest about your weaknesses, sticking points and be willing to feel into why you have them. But if you do, a good coach has the chance to support you. To give you a gentle, confidential space in which to explore what’s going wrong and the key to setting it right. A good coach feels like a partner in crime!

Working with a creative career coach is an investment in yourself

Many creative people are encouraged to invest in training, degrees or materials. Many will skip meals rather than skimp on these. But they often forget that they themselves are the most important tool they’ll ever work with. Because the art comes from YOU. From your imagination, from your feeling, from your wellbeing. So investing in the quality you can bring to your work and your career strategy is probably the best value-for-money investment you can make. Over time, coaching can transform what you’re capable of as an artist – lifting you into a completely different league. That’s worth more than any tool or training…

If you’d like to find out more about creative career coaching, try a free 30 minute consultation with me. Email me at to set up a time.


Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image


Recent Posts


creative career coach managers collaborations cave art contents of proposal jealousy misuse of power standard issue podcast publisher problems blocks creative support creative home success artist agent artist goals grace holidays career infrastructure creativity bodily needs passive aggressive behaviour relationships insecurity Lisa Hammond grounded competition creative industry re-framing audience creative career mental health boundaries emotional support career conacts partners bands USP career direction professional encouragement. artist strategy silver package diary singers agents instinct fellow creatives health new year career resources insights nerves 2018 goals 'Ever So Lonely' counselling human needs gentle safe space client testimonials, eastenders star lisa hammond, rachael spence, coaching service for creative people, actresses, comedy writers five year plan lists budgeting children creative person imagination loyalty artist mentors literary proposal professional boundaries social time visualise self-care creative process fear mentoring efficiency staying tidy effortlessly success stories productivity drafts calendar professional mentors female singers austerity stress stage fright artists touring client shake up creative goals collaborators coaching goals writing friendship career support green room shows testimonials goal setting strengths emotional resilience audition success family planning books artist workspace attraction managing schedule work on weaknesses creative support network performers motivation subconscious quick tune-up creative ambitions criticism bad reviews creative industries disability mistakes personal space short and sweet timewasters workstations 'Organizing for Creative People' instincts power dynamics being kind to yourself skills artist community #metoo absences goals achieved dreamtime career strategies creative career coaching artist support balance structure peers career strategy anxiety procrastination artist routine cluter-free living critics nascent artists artist collegues performance clutter work life colleagues being organized Grange Hill support scheduling avoidance workaholism artist organization tidying up resentment artist career creative block, artist, creative, energy sappers purpose 'Ouch!' podcast professional jealousy creative identity creative vision breaks audition panels routines negative people confidences grounding practices creative people good coach creative routine brainstorm BBC artist vision work trips writing efficiently weaknesses working for free career goals self-reflection planning non-fiction cry creative relationships auditions personal boundaries impetus just four coaching sessions artistic conviction re-imagining intimidating confidential audiences self-critisicism onstage meditation musicians time management tact author