Mentoring sessions are conducted using any of the popular online video conferencing services such as Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime. Cost effective and practically the best approach in the current climate
Sessions are priced at an hourly rate of £50 per hour – more information can be found on rates here.
The first session is always a minimum of two hours, as this enables time to get up to speed with your work to date and reflect useful insights and recommendations during the session.
The mentoring session therefore includes time studying your work in advance of us meeting. Depending what you provide e.g. links to your website, images, texts etc, this is approximately 30 mins.
The remaining time (e.g. 1.5 hours) will be working with you in person on addressing your key challenges. If you require longer we can schedule another session together.
I will take notes during the session and post session I will send you a summary of the actions we have agreed during our session.
Depending on the nature of the support required, follow up sessions can be conducted by phone, email, online video conferencing and be paid for at an hourly rate.
Preparing for a mentoring session
• Consider and summarise in advance what the top 3-5 challenges are you want to address
• Select and share the images, links, texts and information you want to refer to during the session; choose images that you think best represent your practice from the start of your career to the present day
• Share your most up to date CV and artist/creative statement if you haven’t already
• Be ready to talk through your creative journey to date; what have you achieved, what existing networks and contacts do you have, what do you consider as significant developments, barriers to success and where do you want to be and what do you want to do?
• Prepare questions in advance, ask questions as you go along and in turn be open to questions and being honest
• Do take notes, but don’t let note-taking prevent you from listening attentively and engaging in conversation
• Make yourself comfortable and prepare the setting so that only what you want the mentor to see is visible; you may have some work displayed, or choose a corner of your home or studio that reflects you, your work and processes
• Make sure you have selected time where you won’t be interrupted or distracted (phone, emails, doorbell, children, pets etc.)
• Have drinks or snacks ready and make sure comfort breaks are conducted in advance wherever possible!
How do mentoring sessions begin?
Your session will begin with a short introduction from me followed by an invitation to:
• Introduce yourself and summarise your work and career path to date
• Summarise your key challenges
• Provide examples of work or experiences that illustrate your points and challenges
I will help address your specific challenges, discussing your drivers, motivations and inspiration for your work. I will listen to you talk through your ideas and processes, how you have promoted yourself to date and help unpack any particular problems you want confidential support with. The work you show, combined with the way you speak about it and your challenges will provide a holistic picture, and from this I can assess the best short, medium and long term goals and action plan.
During the session I will reflect back to you some key thoughts and learnings from your discussion and make recommendations, whether that’s feedback on your work, avenues or materials to try, some useful tips and some examples of other’s practice that may shed light on any particular areas for you.
What will we achieve by the end of the session and what happens next?
By the end of the session we should have an agreed action plan of around 5-6 manageable tasks and goals to try and implement and practice, taking your ambitions and existing resources into account.
We will agree an ideal time-frame within which to try these new approaches that suits your schedule.
You can then either book a follow-up session or sessions in person or online over any period of time that’s appropriate for you and your budgets.
In a two hour session you can hope to achieve, for example:
• A review of your work and career journey to date
• Objective feedback on your work and suggestions for development
• Support with overcoming creative blocks
• Support with contextualising your practice
• Suggestions for making the work more accessible to a wider audience
• Suggestions for improving your marketing and networking strategies
In a full day you can hope to achieve all of the above but in addition, for example:
• A studio visit and full critical discussion about your work
• Advice on presenting your work
• Advice on producing and fabricating your work
• Tips on pricing your work
• Suggestions of creative experts that might be useful and connect with your work
This is, of course, a guideline as everybody is different and has different requirements.