We know what it feels like when your creative life is going well. You feel excited and focused. You are making work. There is a relationship between the ideas in your mind and the things you produce. But what about when things aren’t going so well? You can’t think of any good ideas. You can’t think of any ideas at all! You want to develop your work but don’t know which way to go. You have lost sight of why you wanted to create in the first place.
I know what it feels like to be producing work that you really like (thinking ‘yes, this is me!’), only to feel completely lost and lacking any direction a little while later. So, what can you do when this sort of situation arises? You could try speaking to a creative coach.
Creative coaching is a form of life coaching but it focuses more specifically on a person’s creative work. Creative coaches help you to develop your artistic and creative talents. Creative coaching is a tool that enables you to decide what you want from your creative life and how you are going to achieve it.
New Creations Coaching is a creative coaching service run by Alex Moate. Alex has a degree in Fine Art and is a fully accredited coach and associate member of The Association for Coaching. She works with individuals and organisations to help with the sort of issues that creatives face, such as: a lack of confidence or self-belief in your creativity, an inability to get ideas into practice and problems with managing time and work schedules.
Creative coaches like Alex don’t just help you when things are going wrong. They can help you optimise your work or prepare for a specific aim, such a organising an exhibition or submitting a manuscript. They can help you develop greater direction and clarity in your work, help you balance the different demands of your life, such as work, family and creativity.
One of the great dilemmas for all creatives is trying to balance the need for commercial output and personal development in your work. New Creations Coaching can help you to evaluate the business side of being a creative – something that many of us find a challenge.
Alex offers blocks of either 4 or 6 sessions, and the sessions can be either 45 minutes or an hour in length. You can see Alex face-to-face, or talk to her over the telephone or via Skype, depending on your needs and constraints. If you are not sure that creative coaching is what you are looking for, Alex offers a free consultation so that you can discuss your situation and think about how coaching might help you to achieve your goals.
As part of her mission to support creatives, Alex has developed The New Creations Coaching Award for Emerging Artists in conjunction with the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) Annual Open Exhibition. The award was first given in 2013 and the winner of the award has the chance to work with Alex to help to maximise their creative potential. Alex also showcases the work of various artists on her website and Facebook page.
It’s tempting to think that once we have managed to complete one or more creative projects successfully we know what we are doing – and everything else will just fall into place! But even the most established, successful creatives have blocks and periods of doubt. If you find that you would welcome a chance to chat about your work and where it is all going, why not contact Alex at http://www.newcreationscoaching.com.