About this time last year, I was feeling quite overwhelmed with all the great things I wanted to achieve. I called out for help and an artist friend (bless you Katy B. Plummer!) put me in touch with Kathryn Gray from Enabling Entreprise.
Thanks to the Muses, I was saved.
Kathy is specialised in supporting entrepreneurs and artists just like you and me, so I want to tell you how we worked together as I'm convinced it will help you too.
There was so much I needed support with, I had to narrow it down to two main areas only: - first, I had to get myself organised to work ahead of deadlines (rather than running after them) - second, I desperately needed to figure out how to make it "out there" as an artist (the easy bit...)
With Kathy's help, I developed a Road Map to Success. You too should create one, especially since Kathy generously makes it accessible for free. Though I would like to precise that it is the combination of Kathy's guidance and this document TOGETHER that really worked for me.
Yes indeed, at first I admit, I was a bit perplexed at the view of this road map. You know what I mean: who ever told you that artists had to be down to earth? Isn't the myth right about being totally impractical, messy and somehow success strikes effortlessly? Hummm... So there I was, asking myself the right questions: what is my vision and goals as an artist? Who is my audience? What do I get to offer and why is it so special? There was so much I had never thought of and being able to bounce my ideas off Kathy was priceless.
A year later, I am still using this document, updating it as events, encounters and opportunities keep on adding to my journey.
Kathy also provided me with a yearly/monthly/weekly time line where I can see at once what is ahead of me. This has saved me from running after deadlines and I can easily plan my yearly goals. I update it weekly, being so user friendly, it takes 10 minutes max. I now work 6 months ahead and I have space for last minute offers (such as being able to add a workshop or a small show to my schedule as it recently happened). All I need is in this one document, accessible in a click.
... oh the joy of being organised!
Kathy also has available on her website a list long like my two joined arms of resources, tips and tools. Go have a look, I bet you will find so much inspiration there.
A few months ago, I grabbed the opportunity to participate in Kathy's Story Telling online workshop which led me to entirely review what I am doing with this blog. That is where the idea of sharing my art resources with you all come from!
Now this is the IMPORTANT BIT:
As an artist living on the financial edge of life, I needed to move forward and quick. I invested the little I had then for these one-on-one support sessions. Still today I can't believe how much I got out of it.
And because you are even luckier than I am, Kathy has put up a Clarity Now Offer just for you my dear artist fellows. Be wise and book your appointment now.
Lastly, I would also like to thank Kathy for her fantastic suggestion of running my own workshops. I took the great leap only a few months ago. It wasn't an obvious thing to do at first (my previous attempt had been disastrous), but this time the difference was that I had a clear vision of what to do, where to go and how to make it happen.
If like me you need a little help to get things started, contact Kathy, she is warm, approachable and super pro. You will save brain space and time!