Sometimes, you’re able to figure it all out for yourself.
Other times, you really do need an outside eye (or ear) to take an objective look at your situation and help you come up with solutions.
A business coaching or mentorship session might just be the answer to making sense of your creative muddle.
Why coach with me?
I’m a professional actor with 25 years experience working in London’s West End and touring in theatres across the UK and Canada as well as appearances in television, film, recordings, videos, voice over, role play, cabaret, opera, dance and concerts. I’ve also worked as an agent – securing work and negotiating contracts for other actors.
As a writer and journalist I have been published in magazines and newspapers in the UK, Canada and Australia and have written extensively for the web. I trained as a journalist at the London College of Journalism and have done subsequent training in copywriting and marketing writing. I have written extensively about personal finance, marketing and lifestyle.
I have taught voice and movement at the University of British Columbia, Rada Enterprises, The Actors Centre and The London College of Music (University of West London).
I have an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship (University of East Anglia) and am currently a PhD student in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmith’s College (University of London). I also have a Diploma in Theatre Arts (Grant MacEwan University) and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Concordia University). I’m also a trained journalist from the London College of Journalist and Certified Content Marketer by Copyblogger.
My hugely popular business coaching, marketing and creative entrepreneurship workshops have been presented in the UK, Canada and South Africa at The University of East Anglia, Be Smart About Art, Red Door Studios, the London College of Music, Pony Express, Alberta College Conservatory, Grant MacEwan University, and Ruth Prowse School of Art. In addition to workshops, I have done many business coaching sessions with individual performers, artists and writers.
I think it’s safe to say I have real insight into most problems faced by artists, actors, musicians, dancers, writers and those that run heart-centred businesses (yoga teachers, coaches etc).
Katherine Marriott, Opera Singer
Well. It wasn’t all fairy dust and roses. Indeed, far from it. Steven calmly asked questions, analysed my responses (FAR too much insight at this level – I honestly thought I’d managed to hide more of my worst aspects from him), fired back questions which really went to the root of things and suggested further reading, and useful exercises, and didn’t even shout at me when I procrastinated and made excuses and was generally a total coward.
Steven gently and yet inexorably coaxed answers out of me. Honesty could not be avoided; I was combed through and all my fleas were helpless to escape. (We’re talking metaphorically here, I would hasten to add!). The work we did together was painful and awkward and made me squirm and wriggle; precisely what I needed.
I came out of the other end still myself (damn!!), but with a far better grasp of what I have to offer as an artist and as an aspect of the business world (unavoidable, so if you can’t beat ’em . . .) and with some very astute observations and suggestions colouring my viewpoint.
Disturbing and upsetting? Certainly. Did it do the job? More than I could have hoped (although, like everything of its ilk, your results will depend totally upon the amount of honesty you are prepared to admit to!).
Could I recommend Steven as a coach? Without reservation. Except maybe if you don’t like Canadians for some reason. Then you might be disappointed. Otherwise? I hope you are as enriched by Steven’s coaching as I was.”
Theatre Artist Michelle Nicole Matlock
Steven has a wealth of knowledge and his expertise in creative entrepreneurship has been invaluable during a very big transition in my creative career. He took me from my unattainable idea of generating passive income to the more realistic system of using my skills to create a portfolio of my own products.
His vast knowledge of creating an effective online presence and his tactics for using social media has been key to developing my online voice and growing my email list.
What I loved the most about working with Steven is that he gave me real actions to take and exercises to work through, that clarified a SYSTEM that I can use to move forward in building a thriving business as an artist.
His coaching approach was not only specific to my business; he also included well-rounded guidance and tools for my overall health, creativity and financial goals.
While working with Steven I was able to successfully launch a monthly podcast, create a solo show presented in NYC and financially survive a six -month non-paid break from my current gig.
I highly recommend his coaching program to any artist who is ready to thrive and take it to the next level.
Steven Sparling is like a secret weapon for the creative entrepreneur, I look forward to working with him again in the future.
Business Coaching Options
Business Coaching is available on the following topics:
- How to plan your creative career so it aligns with what is most important to you
- Identifying what is most important to you in your creative career
- Brainstorming ideas of how to make more money from your art
- How to implement money generating ideas – how to go from idea to money in the bank in the quickest time possible
- How to use Social Media to generate more attention for you and your work
- Time management
- Financial management and planning for creative people
- How to market you and your work (in ways that don’t feel icky!)
- Figuring out who your target market is and how to connect with them
- Generating a path forwards for your creative practice/artistic career
- How to juggle a day job(s) and still make time for art. How not to lose your artist when you have to do other things
- How to manage multiple income threads without feeling schizophrenic
- Clarifying your ‘story’ as an artist
- Storytelling marketing – working out how to tell compelling and engaging stories about you and your work (over and over again)
- Presentation coaching – how to be in front of others talking about your work while managing the discomfort (how to hide the butterflies in your stomach so you can shine)
- How to go from struggling artist to thriving artist
- Dealing with rejection
- How to keep going when all the odds seem against you
- When to decide you’ve had enough and how to generate an exit plan
- How to identify transferable skills from your art that can make you a side income
- plus many more
The possibilities are endless and catered exactly to what you need.
How it works
Phone/Skype Business Coaching
Phone/Skype business coaching is available as a one-off or as a series of weekly or monthly sessions for a period of time (depending on your need). I will send you a form in advance of our coaching call to gather some information, then we’ll get on Skype and you’ll have 60 minutes to ask all your burning questions. Or for me to dig deep into you and your practice to help you understand what’s going on and come up with fresh, actionable solutions.
Cost – 1 hour phone/Skype business coaching session = £100 GBP (approx $160 USD/ $175 CAD)
Please use the contact box below to get in touch indicating you are interested in business coaching.
I will get back to you within 24 hours and we will take it from there.
For a limited time, I’m offering a free 30 minute business coaching via Skype (subject to availability). An opportunity for us to speak and you to ‘test me out’. The introductory business coaching session is a good way to test for both of us if an on-going coaching relationship is helpful.
Contact me using the form below for more information.
Here’s to your creative success!