Do you want to be a successful artist? What does success mean to you? These are just two of the questions a coach might ask you? Have you asked yourself these questions lately and what were the answers?
At the beginning of February I did a couple of posts on coaching and received a request for more on this topic. So just to let you know, this is a continuing topic I will be pursuing over time, as I believe it is critical to our success in any endeavour – no matter what our field is. One thing creative people are often accused of is being insular hermits, stuck inside their studios. Well If you want success as an artist its highly unlikely that it will find you there.
This morning I was listening to an interview with Michael Masterson, successful entrepreneur and founder of Agora Publishing. During this interview he touched on the subject of coaches and mentoring and I would like to share some of these insights with you.
He was saying that it is essential that we have a mentor and not only that, but we really need two different kinds of mentors or coaches.
Firstly we need a mentor who has been very successful in the field we are interested in, which might be a living artist who sells well. You can get a certain amount of information from autobiographies as well, but this is not a coaching/mentoring relationship. You need to think about whose success you would like to emulate? To define this he recommends only choosing someone who has had repeat success e.g several sell out exhibitions. In other words, they are not a one hit wonder.
This person you might only see or interact with once a month or so. However what they posess are the insider secrets to success in your industry. So if you are an artist, having an art gallery owner as this type of mentor would not work because they are only one part of your industry. You would need to go to a successful artist and ask them to mentor you. They can provide you with both artistic input and business insights as well.
My next post will outline the other kind of mentor you need to find.
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