You’ve got questions. I should think so! In fact, it’ll be so much better for both of us if you take the time to go through this page. So grab a snack, get comfy, and lets get to it…
Who are your clients and what do you do for them?
At cocktail parties my standard reply is: ‘I work with scattered creatives by helping them focus so that they can grab the focus of others.’ Focusing and following through on things will allow you to make great work and sell it so that you make more money.
What do you mean by ‘creative’?
By ‘creative’, I mean anyone who has, or aspires to having a livelihood where they are the boss: entrepreneurs, freelancers, performers, musicians, fine artists, photographers, writers, yoga teachers, tech pioneers, lion tamers…
What happens if you haven't worked with people in my field?
A pilot doesn’t need to be able to juggle just because there are circus performers on the plane. Here’s the thing: You’re doing the work and I’m doing the coaching. I don’t need to know how to do your job, I just need to do my job so I can help you thrive at yours.
What is your job?
Coaching is a method of guidance and partnership via a special conversation that involves me listening to you and asking the right questions. Together we design solutions to your problems, plans for your success and anticipate possible obstacles so that you’re fully prepared to do what you say you will before the next session. It involves an investment on my part in terms of time, accredited training and the willingness to hold onto what you want in your life so that when you get lost in the weeds, I can help you get back on track.
How long have you been doing this and how did you become an expert at coaching creative professionals?
You can read about my background and evolution as a coach here.
How are you different from other career coaches?
I believe coaches are defined by their clients. While I’ve certainly worked with ‘normal’ people in a variety of creative and ‘non-creative’ fields, what makes my clients special is that most of them are determined to succeed professionally despite some sort of condition such as ADHD, a learning disability, identifying as being ‘on the spectrum’ (you know who you are, you geniuses!) depression, auto-immune disease, chronic pain or other physical challenges. As a coach, I excel at helping my clients recognize their mental, physical or emotional condition as a reason for needing to go about things differently, not as an excuse for not getting things done.
What type of people do you work with best?
Most of my clients have had their hearts broken by life in one way or another, but they are not “victims”. That’s why they are willing to invest in themselves to succeed, and succeed they do! In other words, if you are able to accept that no matter what has happened in the past, you alone are responsible for your own happiness, we can work together.
What kind of success are you talking about?
- An accomplished writer couldn’t get published. After working with me, she was picked up by a major publisher, has enjoyed critical acclaim and now her book is being optioned in Hollywood.
- A performance artist struggling with depression couldn’t pay the bills. Now, as a teaching artist, he offers workshops and is being awarded residencies in the United States and abroad.
- After becoming a successful entrepreneur in ‘non-creative’ fields (due in large part to the strengths of his ADHD), this client really wanted to express himself artistically but didn’t know where to begin. Through coaching he has learned to focus in order to develop his talents as a writer and illustrator, and has melded these two skills into a cartoon franchise, with stop motion animation published on the internet and merchandising currently in development.
- While she was a successful teaching artist, this client struggled with chronic autoimmune disease and when she came to me, she had no focus, energy or strength left to pursue her own creative projects. Through coaching, she was able to protect the time she needed to take care of herself, and has created the space in her life to compose and collaborate again.
What is expected of me as a client?
- When you work with me, you are expected to show up for sessions on time and give at least 12 hours notice if you need to reschedule. I understand that freelancing and work in creative fields can be unpredictable, which is why I require 12 and not 24 hours notice, but you should prioritize showing up for your session time regularly.
- You are expected to do your assignments and reach out to me if you have problems so that you keep moving forward. I expect you to keep it real and tell me when something I say or do isn’t working for you, or if you are having a problem of any kind that is taking away from your ability to get what you need from the coaching relationship. You may as well since I’ve got your money. I charge in advance of sessions so that you have skin in the game!
- I expect payment to be on time without having to deal with credit or debit cards being declined repeatedly and for you to keep me informed of any changes such as billing information or circumstances that inhibit your ability to pay. Once I’ve taken you on as a client and see that you’re doing the work, I’m invested and am committed to working through whatever is necessary to insure your success.
Do you offer a money back guarantee?
I’m always a bit flummoxed by this one. Have you ever asked a lawyer or a doctor for a money back guarantee? With me there’s probably less of a risk because I actually return phone calls.