Monday, April 8, 2013

Do What You Are Meant to Do!

I believe people know what they are destined to do from a young age.  Paths in my life that I thought I had discovered in adulthood, I later recollected had been a part of my earlier years: my investment in fitness (I exercised daily in high school until I was laid up with Mono as a Senior), my volunteer work with internationals (I spent my childhood begging my parents to take in an exchange student which they were understandably reluctant to do, having four kids of their own.  My oldest friends are both women who came to the States to study abroad.), and my passion for business management and teaching.  Growing up I used to love to play office and of course, I always got to be the boss.  In my early teens, I had “school time” with my youngest brother-I would teach him something and then do an art project with him based on the lesson.

My parents are not artists though both are capable of creativity.  I am fortunate that they recognized and fostered my talent to the point of sending me to study at the Rhode Island School of Design.  Still, they didn't believe one could earn a living in the arts.  My father, a Harvard Business School graduate and an investment banker, instilled practical business sense and structure.  I found his lessons boring, but later on I grew to greatly appreciate them when I realized how few of my peers had an inkling of how to handle these aspects of their lives-finances, investing, career choices.

Over a decade ago I began doing freelance personal assisting and business consulting.  Initially I was applying the lessons taught by my dad, but as time went on wisdom came along with experience.  As I managed my own career as an artist alongside my work for others, I came to understand that many of the principles of business management could be applied to finding success as a creative entrepreneur.

In 2007, I was asked by the Jamaica Plain Arts Council-based on my work as a local business consultant and a professional artist-to speak about how to make an event like Open Studios a success.  I wasn't sure if I was going to have that much to say, but when I sat down and began to write my presentation I was surprised to find I would have to considerably cut back if I hoped to keep it to no more than 10 minutes.  That following year the Council asked if I could begin offering professional development classes for artists.  Artists enthusiastically participated.  Some would ask me if there was a way I could assist them beyond the classroom.  Hence, my work as a Creative Coach began.

 

Over the years I have helped a handful of local businesses and artisans find their full potential.  For me, besides my own journey as a professional artist, nothing is more satisfying than helping someone- whether they are a small business owner, craftsperson, artist or creative entrepreneur-pursue their dreams.  I believe satisfaction and a true sense of purpose is found in doing what you were meant to do, and I love providing the wisdom and the tools necessary for making that happen.

I offer my services in a classroom setting or in private (or semi-private) sessions.  Some people benefit from a group dynamic where they can gain focus and input from not only me, but from their fellow students.  Others find they can't absorb enough information in a group, or they may feel they need the lessons to be tailored to their specific needs.  In that case, Creative Coaching sessions are the best way to go.  In either case, I offer materials for further research and homework to help you get to the next level.  I make sure my workshops can be applicable to small business ownership and management, forging a career in the arts, and just handling the journey of life in general.

While I offer my services as a Creative Coach on an ongoing basis, I am only teaching my Two-Day Boot Camp two more times this year.  I specifically chose April because I feel it is the perfect month to prepare for the busyness of summer and fall, be it weekend art events or an influx of new customers to your business during the year's warmest seasons.

I hope you will join me during this two-day as I provide well-rounded lessons on all you need to know to get started or take your business/career to the next level.  I can't begin to tell you how rewarding it is to work with you, to come alongside you and witness your successes. 
 
Here is the full schedule of this year's (2013) Focusing Series.  In addition to hosting workshops in Jamaica Plain, I am happy to work with you to hold a workshop at the day/time/location of your choice for you and your friends, coworkers, artist co-op or art/business association.  To learn more, email focusingseries@gmail.com.

Registration for April's Two-Day Boot Camp ends at noon on Friday, April 19th.  Boot Camp will be Wednesday-Thursday, April 24 & 25, 10am to 2:30pm (both days).