01.24.2016

Top 5 Creative Coaches

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a creative cohort or partner in crime when you are feeling bogged down by your day-to-day just mentally drained and dull? Is there really such a thing?

I am here to tell you that there actually are many beacons of light out there in the creative universe that do just that!

Creative coaches take many forms. Some specialize in particular areas of creativity, like nonfiction writing, blogging, journal writing, life in general, or creative business enterprises. Others focus on simply getting you unstuck in life and whatever else may come in the way of your creative journey.

I have long yearned for the day when I could justify spending some moolah on myself and invest in creative coaching services of one sort or another. Personally, I would hope to find brand focus and my true voice through the help of a creative coach. Maybe one day I will.

For those of you presently on the market for creative coaching, I envy. If you are stuck on where to go and who to talk to, take a look of this at this TOP 5 list I have assembled of creative coaches from across Canada and around the world.

Each is incredibly unique in their approach and the services and products they offer. Take a look and let me know how you may find yourself creatively stuck in the comments below. If you know of any other creative coaches that you can recommend, please, share those as well!!

But first!! Here is my list..

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Jen Carrington (formerly known as Jenny Purr) is a creative coach with a focus on making your online presence big and beautiful. She offers content coaching and creative mentoring for freelancers, other coaches, and creatives and enables her clients to be brave in their content and profitable in their business.

She customizes her creative coaching programs to suit her clients, so that she may best suit their individual needs and help them to achieve their desired outcome.

Jen prides herself with helping her creative clients develop confidence, strategy, and the tools they need to create content that resonates, connects, and sells. She has a firm belief that she is able to offer this caliber of service to her creative clients due to her own strife and subsequently dreaming big and showing up to fight in her own life.

Jen brings to the table a degree in social work and significant experience in content strategy and creative coaching, which she continues to build upon with each new client.

Over at www.jencarrington.com, her site is absolutely loaded (and I mean loaded) with great information on her services, inspirations, tips on blogging, content, etc. She has a podcast and a fantastic and informative blog.

Her services are offered in two tiers.

The first package is content coaching for creatives, which includes six 90 minute content coaching sessions, a password protected client web page with coaching notes each week and a recording of each coaching session, homework and tasks each week, weekly email communication in between calls, and the clarity, confidence, and strategy that you need to move forward and create content that resonates, connects, and sells. This package is available at £575, or $858 USD. It is billed ‘content that moves your brand forward’.

The second package is three month mentoring for creatives and it includes twelve 90 minute coaching sessions, a password protected client web page with coaching notes each week and a recording of each coaching session, homework and tasks each week, and weekly email communication in-between calls and comes in at £775, or $1,157 USD. It is billed ‘for a creative partner in crime every step of the way’.

I would love to work with Jen one day. I truly hope that I get the chance!

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Next up, we have Tare and Kathleen from &Kathleen and Braid Creative. In this space, the sisters help creatives thrive in the work/life overlap, by helping them hone in on their business vision and design their lives exactly the way they dream it.

Kathleen takes the lead by tackling topics from how to lean into uncertainty and “make a living doing what you love to not working with clients who make you want to throw up in your mouth”.

The girls both share experience in advertising and freelance, designing and writing, blogging and consulting.

Together, they impart the “Braid Method”, which comes in the form of a self-guided e-course which helps beginner creatives on the road to creating a brand and closing the gap between their dreams and their actual creative business visions. It comes with learning modules and workbooks that help to blend who you are and what you do. All for an investment of $229.

They also offer DIY coaching for creatives, which offers work and life guidance for creative entrepreneurs. It is an email subscription series that comes in at $40 for 4 weeks of emails, adding up to 16 total emails. The emails include topics and worksheets on goal setting, time management, and decision-making, as well as weekly mantras and meditations.

Over on the site, the girls keep up an informative blog, full of colour and fun tips and inspirations and they also offer a newsletter that you can subscribe to, to receive insightful creative advice straight to your inbox!

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Now, let me introduce you to Jennifer Lee. She is the author of the ‘The Right Brained Business Plan’ and ‘Building Your Business the Right-Brained Way’ and the founder of Artizen Coaching.

She works with creatives who find the regular boring business plans absolutely cringe worthy and helps them create “moolah-making enterprises”.

It is Jennifer’s belief that launching, growing, and sustaining a business should be a fun and exciting exercise. Her method is to use visual learning and apply that to the traditional plan.

Before pursuing her own passions full-time, she consulted for ten years for Fortune 500 companies such as Gap Inc., Accenture, and HP, helping leaders and organizations manage change.

Before pursuing her own passions full-time, Jennifer consulted for ten years for Fortune 500 companies such as Gap Inc., Accenture, and HP, helping leaders and organizations manage change.

She received her coaching certification and leadership training through the prestigious Coaches Training Institute. She’s also a certified yoga instructor, a certified Expressive Arts Facilitator, and hold a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and an M.A. in Communication Management from USC.

On her site, she offers a 10 month group mentorship program, which includes 10 webinar teaching sessions, 10 live group coaching calls with a licensed facilitator, 10 catalyst chat sessions with a facilitator, downloadable worksheets and tools, access to a private, facilitated online community.

As a bonus, you will receive home study, an e-course, and a facilitated e-course.

This package comes to you for $1,070 USD.

A real bang for your buck, when you consider the wealth of knowledge and the creative community that you will have access to.

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Moving on, we have Donaleen Saul, who lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is Canada’s first certified creativity coach.

Donaleen has a background as a writer and an editor and has been working in that industry, in a freelance capacity for over 30 years.

She became a certified creativity coach and Feng Shui consultant following her brother’s suicide, as these pursuits are about living a more engaged, conscious, and meaningful life.

She says that “supporting those who choose to live such a life makes my heart sing”.

As your creativity coach, Donaleen will help you with self-doubt, resistance, anxiety, fear, overwhelm, procrastination, disorganization, lack of focus, and other issues that can hijack your dreams and desires.

Through coaching, Donaleen will help you to reconnect with your creative passions, to set priorities and define realistic goals for your creative work, to start, continue, and complete a big project, and finally, to deal skillfully with possible criticism of your work,

 

Donaleen offers three coaching packages:

Terra Firma Creativity Coaching Package, which is a “power hour” coaching sessions. Useful if you need help making a decision, defining a transition, or if you simply need support.

It comes at a cost of $95.

The next package in the Lunar Creativity Coaching Package, which includes 30 days of unlimited email coaching, preliminary email coaching, a mid-month 30 minute phone or Skype call to check in and refocus, an email to reflect on the phone/skype call, and an end of month 30 minute phone of Skype call to discuss results and the next steps to be taken.

This package comes at a cost of $175.

Lastly, there is the Three Moon Creativity Coaching Package, which includes 90 days of unlimited email coaching, preliminary email coaching to determine your history, goals, and challenges, a mid-month 30 minute phone or Skype call to check-in, refocus, and set the stage for the remainder of the coaching period, a follow-up email, An end of month 30 minute phone of Skype call to reflect on your progress and discuss next steps, and finally, a summary emails discussing your progress over the passed three months and some tips on moving forward.

This package comes in at $475.

With Donaleen’s unlimited coaching emails during the coaching period, I think that she probably offers the best value to cost of any of the coaches on my list. I haven’t a clue how she is able to keep up on all of the emails she must get, unless she restricts the number of clients that she takes on at any one time, in which case, you are likely receiving literal one-on-one support. Cool!

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Finally, rounding our TOP 5, we have Kathrine Torrini, of Creative Life Spark. In her creative coaching business, Katherine dedicates herself to “helping creative people everywhere get unstuck, get productive, and get happy”, and her website will walk you through the process very completely, as it is absolutely loaded with resources and creative tips.

She offers up free templates and workbooks, invites you to join her in “tiny creative acts”, and shares valuable tips and tidbits on her blog.

Some of the services on the site include Creative Life Spark’s “Graphic Recording”, which adds colour and illustration to even the dullest business presentation and the six-week “Sacred Spark Creativity Incubator” (Invitation only, once you apply).

As well as the “Creative Breakthrough Camp”, where you can get unstuck, inspired and creating every day in a joyful, natural way. You will get 4 interactive creative breakthrough teaching sessions, 2 creative breakthrough group coaching sessions, 4 hands-on creative projects, your creative breakthrough workbook, PDF illustrated play-sheets, and access to the password protected online course library.

A value of $1,200, for only $297.

And lastly there is the “Juicy Journal e-course”, which is a 30-day course on visual journaling. Experience guilt-free creative play and lose your fear of the blank page.

This course is available for the low, low price of only $99.

Well, that’s it for another edition of my TOP 5. I hope that you are able to consume all of the information about each of the featured coaches. They all offer a variety of different products and a unique way of delivering their services.

Have you ever enlisted the help of a creative coach? Do you know of any that didn’t make the list? What would you ask your “dream coach” to help you with?

Please let me know in the comments below.

 

Allison

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