I don’t know about you, but some days I get tired of explaining what I do. I try to be concise and not use industry lingo but so many people have never stopped to think about where the art on product comes from that they can’t even process it! “Oh, so you’re a graphic designer! My friend needs a new logo and business card, I’ll let them know about you.” Now I could do those things, and I’m sure there are artists who license and do business cards and logos, but that isn’t me.
Now take that a step further and try and find personal help in the field of Art Licensing. There are people who teach and coach, don’t get me wrong, but it took me 2 years to find one when I was starting. (Am I slow?)
Since I began writing eBooks and blogging back in June, several people have emailed me and asked if I do individual coaching. It wasn’t in my original plan but I tried it a few times, here and there, and discovered I really like it!
I have just launched two coaching options for those looking for one-on-one help with their art licensing business. I worked with a coach when I was starting out and found it to be very helpful in keeping me focused, encouraged and moving forward. Perhaps it will work for you. But there are a few things to consider when picking a coach, me or anyone else.
First, coaching is an investment in yourself and your future. It’s having a live human helping you strengthen your strengths and overcome your weaknesses. But you need to find a coach that is a good fit for your personality and communication style. Someone can be an amazing coach but if you need “kind encouragement” when they have a “Drill Sergeant” mentality, you won’t make progress.
Since I don’t know you, I can’t tell you if I would be a good choice to coach you or not. I can tell you 4 things that describe the person that would be a good for me.
- Are you ready to TAKE ACTION to reach your goals? I believe in ‘reasons’ not ‘excuses’ – for example, the current economy may be the reason you have to work even harder than you might have 5 years ago, but don’t use it as an excuse to give up before you try. (See blog post for more details)
- Do you understand that licensing isn’t a fast process – it takes time to see cash, even after you get a contract – and getting contracts can take time too. You need to be committed to long-term thinking and consistent effort. The good news is that you can learn and implement what you need to do for licensing while also working on other ways to earn cash – so don’t despair!
- Are you open to new ways of thinking, acting and working? I may suggest you try some things that you haven’t done before and that might be outside your comfort zone, are you willing to try? You won’t change your results without changing your behavior – in licensing or any other area of life!
- Do you understand that I am here to “coach” not “do”? I will give you the benefit of my experience and background but in the end, it’s up to you to do the work and build your business.
Don’t forget, not only am I teaching, writing and coaching, but I’m still painting and building my art licensing business as well. It is as important for me as it is for you that we are a good fit so I am careful about how I spend my time and who I spend it with.
If all of this sounds good… when would you like to get started?
I have come up with two ways to work with artists:
Do you have a specific or one-time issue that you need help with? Maybe you need a new perspective or insights but not long-term coaching. If this sounds like you, “Brushstroke Brainstorming” is the way to go.
Do you do your best work when you have deadlines? Do you like having someone to be accountable to — checking in & getting regular help to build your business? If this sounds like you, “Continuous Coaching” may be just what you need!
To see all the details, please visit the coaching page at: www.ArtLicensingInfo.com/coaching.html
Here’s to your creative success — whatever that may be!