Creative Mentoring / Creativity

Why work with a creative mentor?

There are many reasons someone might choose to work with a creative mentor, including feeling burned out, struggling with inspiration, and wanting some support with building a creative business or kick-starting a creative practice. A creative mentor can also be a good shoulder to lean on when things get tough or you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall and don’t know where to go next.

For more information about what creative mentoring is and what it entails, check out my blog post: ”What is creative mentoring?”

I started my own journey into creative mentoring by hiring a creative mentor of my own. My first mentor was a professional writing mentor, who I worked with for more than six months, despite realising within my first few weeks of working with her that I was actually ready to leave the professional writing industry behind.

Fortunately, she was just as helpful at supporting me leaving the industry as she was supportive of people joining it, and she was the one who helped me realise that creative mentoring would potentially be a good option for me, instead.

My next creative mentor was another writer, but one who also runs lots of workshops and retreats, has written several books, and offers a variety of support to other creatives at different stages of the creative journey. In our work together we dived into everything from ethics to how to go about writing a book and showing up on social media. It was wonderful.

One of the things I love most about creative mentoring and about the work I have done with my creative mentors is that, unlike coaching, you can just show up with the problems that you are facing that day or that week and get some trouble-shooting support in real-time.

One of my mentors also included access to her via Slack in our program so I was able to reach out in the moment, which was also really helpful.

While coaching is a wonderful way of creating long-lasting change in areas of your life that you’re struggling with – especially in very niche areas like confidence, marketing as an introvert, parenting neurodivergent kids, and growing a spiritual business, to name just a few more out there ones – my journey with creative mentoring has taught me that I like to be able to have someone by my side to help me navigate the things that I am struggling with at the time and I don’t like having a set agenda and formula to follow.

Read more about the differences between creative mentoring and creative coaching here.

Personally, every time I’ve chosen to work with a mentor and invest in my creative self – which I highly recommend doing if you never have, even just for one session – it’s because I’m ready to feel “seen” and supported on my journey. Like I’ve reached as far as I can get on my own and it’s time to bring in some help and fast forward my way through some of the icky, sticky bits of the creative path – and especially the creative business path.

The truth is, the creative path isn’t easy. Running a creative business isn’t easy. Being a solopreneur isn’t easy. But we don’t have to do it all on our own. Investing in our creative practice and our creative business practice is a good way to guarantee we move forward and shake things up a little bit; even if, like my experience with my mentor, we end up pivoting down the line.

If it wasn’t through my work with her, I’d probably still be a burned out, exhausted, struggling writer. But by investing in her and nipping it in the bud before it got that bad – honestly, when you’re burned out and can’t write, the worst thing you can do is try to force yourself to write – I was able to make some big and exciting changes in my life and jump ship instead of feeling like I had to ride it all the way to the bottom of the seabed.

Now, my life is better than ever – and I’m back writing again! But I’m also only taking on jobs I love, which makes a whole world of a difference, too. There’s no doubt that creative mentoring changed my life – especially when it came to confidence. There’s no way I’d have been able to jump ship and walk away from a household name copywriting client before doing this work with her – but by having the faith in myself that everything would be alright, it worked out even better than I could have imagined.

And the best bit of all is that now I get to take those same skills that I learned through my work with her – and by putting it all into action in my own life – and help others make those big leaps and bounds, too. Honestly, it’s incredible how much can change – even just after one session.

To find out more about my creative mentoring services and check out my testimonials, visit my creative mentoring page. If you’re all excited and want to dive right in and book a totally free, zero-obligation 15-minute chat to see where you’re at and if my services would work for you, click here.

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