What a Creativity Coach Does

As I mentioned in previous posts, creativity coaching is a subset of life coaching. But that doesn’t tell you what a coach does or even who they work with.

So let’s address the second question first.

A creativity coach works with creative people. By my definition, that would mean everybody. Since that isn’t possible, let’s narrow it down: artists, writers, composers, dancers, and actors. Just to name a few.

But now what does a creativity coach actually do?

Well…

That’s typically between your coach and you. Each coach has a different take on things and a different specialty. I could go all generic here and talk about creativity coaches in general. But we’re on my blog and talking about something I’m interested in and love to do. So I’m going to be talking about what I would do.

First things first, I would request that you book an initial consultation using the calendar linked here. During that consultation, which would be done via either Skype or Zoom, we would discuss what your issues are and whether we could work together.

Based on that conversation, I would make a recommendation for one of my coaching packages and we would take it from there.

My packages are a combination of email and video or phone chats. You will have a contract and homework to do between sessions. Everything is designed around you and what your goals are.

So while this doesn’t tell you exactly what a coach does, it does provide a framework about how I work so you have some idea of what to expect.

Have you ever worked with a creativity coach before? How was it?

5 Last Minute Gifts for Creatives

DSCN3878You need a gift and you need it fast. But you don’t know what to buy for your brother/sister/friend/cousin who is creative/artsy/a writer.

Settle down. We’ve got you covered. Here are five ideas you can pick up just about anywhere.

  1. A notebook.
    This is a staple necessity in any creative’s toolbox. There can never be too many notebooks. If all else fails, a plain one will do. If possible, though, get a pretty one. You can find them inexpensively at places like Walmart and Dollar General (or other department/dollar stores).
  2. A package of pens.
    This is another necessity. Your favorite pen runs out of ink just at that crucial moment when lightening strikes and you KNOW beyond the shadow of a doubt what your next masterpiece/opus will be, but you needed to make a note to yourself.
  3. Colored pencils.
    These are fun and not exactly a necessity, though they can certainly be helpful.
  4. A sketchbook.
    Depending on what the person you’re buying for does, this might be another staple item. It’s almost as handy as a notebook for just about everyone, but probably handier for visual artists and designers.
  5. A gift card. Everyone likes a gift card to their favorite store. Your creative friend is no different. If you know them, you know which store sings their name in a siren call that’s difficult to resist.

Counting today, there are five days before Christmas. Maybe you can find a gift idea from this list.

Q&A with Sterling Jacobs

Photo provided by Sterling Jacobs

Sterling Jacobs is an artist in south-central Oklahoma. He shared some insight into his art and creative process with us.

JNO: Could you tell us a bit about your creative process? How you get started, if/how you plan your projects ahead of time, etc.

SJ: I get right into the creative process. I think about what I want to do then proceed to do it and let the process take hold of me. What will come of it I never can say. That is of course the purpose.

JNO: What’s your background? How did you get to where you are now with your art?

SJ: I started doing art when I was seven. I was looking at a set of encyclopedias my grandmother had. I opened up to see portraits of the presidents. Afterwards, I never looked back. I went to college to hone my skills. Also, I educated myself and, by doing so, learned how to create my identity and express the fluidity of how that identity ebbs and flows within the chaotic currents of ones life force.

JNO: What message do you hope to communicate with your art?

SJ: Art is for everyone. Its very process is therapeutic. Also, I believe art is used to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

JNO: How does current social or political issues influence you?

SJ: I am a believer in inclusive rights for all people. People should not have to conform to any expectations society puts on them in assessment of their own self worth based upon their contributions to social machinations forthwith.

JNO: Who are your biggest influences?

SJ: My biggest influences are Vincent Van Gogh, Hieronymous Bosch, Auguste Rodin, Bernini, as well as cartoon, video game genre of the 20th century.


This is part one of our Q&A. Part two will be posted at a later date.

Book Recommendation: Real Artists Don’t Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve coverI have been putting together a list of books that I’ve read that I would like to recommend to you. I was going to wait until I finished reading my current book before I posted that, though.

Then I decided it would be a disservice to you to put that off. Yes, this book is that good.

It’s Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins. In it, he tackles the myth of the starving artist and offers tips and suggestions for how we can thrive, regardless of what creative field we are in, instead.

He uses a combination of historical and contemporary examples, expert advice, advice from artists of all stripes, and his personal experience.

I’ve read a few of Goins’ other books and liked them. They’re all solid and have great information and advice. In my opinion, though, Real Artists is his strongest book to date.

I’m only about halfway through it and I already highly recommend you read it at least once.

Click here or on the image above for a new window to open for purchase options. (It’s currently $1.99 on Kindle.)