Consider yourself an artist and considering ways to diversify your income streams? Consider becoming a creativity coach. Diversifying your income streams is just the tip of this blank canvas. Below the surface it’s a fulfilling way to funnel your gifts in a world hungry for more coaches plus you can’t even guess where offering coaching services can lead you to.
Being human, we are all constantly creating.
And you as an artist experience this on a regular basis. Along with all the downsides to the creative process. The paralyzing fear of a blank canvas, of messing perfection up, of lack of inspiration… So you have a lot to offer to us other mere mortals, and other budding artists, to overcome these common life struggles.
If you’re wondering how exactly you can milk this super power of yours, consider this: how did you overcome these fears?
What is your process to move through the feelings of stuckness? How do you find you typically push perfection tendencies aside? We all have some tricks up our sleeves once we take a good look up them. And the journey of becoming a coach will reveal to you, and the rest of the world, the problem solving skills necessary in this complex world today.
It just takes a deliberate look up them (your puffy artist sleeves) because once you get in your artsy zone, time probably flies and you’re not considering this.
Say you’re thinking about earning a living from your artistic endeavors. You are probably imagining selling your art pieces. But here are some ideas for you to diversify your income streams built on the foundation of offering coaching services.
Offer workshops in areas not related to art.
Because you’re an artist, here you might find yourself with all these tools that not only help you in your artistic endeavors, but you notice that you also apply them into other areas of your life. Maybe you want to work with a specific group of people. Maybe, you know, this is a wild example coming from me, but working with moms, for example. Maybe you want to work with single moms, depends how niche you want to get. Perhaps you want to work with corporate people on some respect, allow them to get more intuitive with their profession. So, no matter what target niche that you decide upon, you can use the actual creative process as a modality to explore these fears, very much like I did when I took that prenatal course.
The artistic method was just really crucial for me, to explore my own fears around the birthing experience. So, we were very fortunate enough to take Birthing from Within prenatal classes when I was pregnant with my daughter, and it was really fun, because we got to do these artsy-fartsy type activities together which revealed my subconscious beliefs and fears around the birthing process. It help me get really empowered before the birth – and other areas of my life.
You could work with other artists.
Use creativity coaching tools to help other artists when they’re feeling stuck in the creative process, to help them overcome their fears of putting their work out there. There’s many ways that you could approach this. If you want, you can also work with people who aren’t yet at your caliber. If they just want to delve into an artistic expression, then perhaps you can coach them, you know? Just super beginners, beginning level. You can also work with a completely different group of people.
You could work with wanna be artists.
An elder in our community offers weekend painting workshops. We get to actually paint the divine feminine within. I took one that was about discovering your inner goddess, and I took one discovering your inner queen, and the process, just to show you an example how you can work with people, we would go in.
We would begin with a meditation, i.e., we began the meditation of what our inner queen looks like, what message does she have to share for us, and then within the meditation, we went on a journey, and this is very much a creativity coaching tool, offering guided meditations. Then we took note by journaling when we came out of the meditation, the symbols that were discovered, the messaging.
That’s how we just got over the fear of marring up the canvas. We actually wrote the word or the phrase that our inner queen had to share with us. Then we began with the layers, layers upon layers, and our divine teacher was coaching us, you know? “Don’t worry if you mess up. There’s going to be more layers applied,” so dude, how is that for a metaphor for life, right? There’s so many layers.
How to go from artist to coach.
- Begin by taking note of how the creative process has kind of worked the muscles that allow you to overcome obstacles in other areas of your life, so you can start journaling on how you can pass on these gems to others.
- Start collecting the ideas on what this might look like for you and who you might work with.
- Research with good old, good old Googling what other people might be offering, in terms of that niche.
- Take the first step by declaring your intentions to trusted friends and then on a bigger level – like your blog or Facebook feed.
Get the creative coaching tools under your belt.
Gathering tools is an important piece of any creative project. Being an artist, you have the biggest tool of them all – your creativity. And once you learn how to use creative coaching tools you can serve your ideal clients in ways you can’t even imagine right now. You can learn foundational creative coaching tools in my year long program Creative Bliss Coaching Academy.
But if you’re still on the research step, check out my free download below. It offers 50 creativity coaching niches to help you get your artist to coach wheels turning.