If you're creative but you can't get going because something is holding you back, get in touch. I can help.
You don't need to have any commercial aspirations, you might just be feeling a new creative itch or - and this is so common, especially in mid-life - you might want to go back to something you used to love doing but it's been a really long time. And you're scared.
If this sounds like you then a conversation with someone who truly understands is worth its weight in gold.
I can help with
- impostor syndrome (yes!) and
- valuing yourself through valuing your creativity.
That's because I've been there, too. I still go there, in fact; it's an occupational hazard. I can just do it more consciously now. The dips and difficulties are still tricky to navigate but I'm learning they're a necessary part of growth as an artist and as a human being.
It's pretty clear that I'm an insatiable creative. I've always been this way but in the last couple of years having a creative side hustle has brought structure, satisfaction, and financial support to the rather unstable life of a jobbing actor. I've learned some stuff and am happy to pass it on to anyone wanting to turn their hobby into a hustle.
I've also been in year-long, part-time study in drawing and painting at Browne School in Auckland since 2019. My journey continues this year and I am discovering that so much about how we make artwork - the entire process - echoes "how we are" away from our desk or easel.
Art-making confronts us and transforms us in the same way any regular practice like sport, meditation or yoga does. With commitment, consistency, and patience, a creative practice will expand and deepen your sense of self and make you aware over and over again of the things that hold you back and the things that help you expand.
Your creative power lies dormant until you access it through practice so if you want to tap in...get in touch. I have lots of ideas about how to get you started.
All in your own time - but why not now?
You're not getting any younger.
This is what people say about working with me:
"Amanda is warm and open, and her support is insightful, honest and pragmatic. She listens carefully to help establish the essence of where and why creativity is not being expressed and is compassionate, flexible and candid as she helps to build an individualized framework for a path forward. Being a very talented creative herself across a wide range of disciplines, Amanda is able to draw on a wealth of personal knowledge and experience to support her in her coaching role.
It was a pleasure to work with Amanda and I’m very grateful for the help she gave me."
- Julie Sinclair
"Amanda mentored my tiny side hustle The Particulate. She pulled out my messy ideas and helped me turn them into cohesive steps and goals. I came away with a set of homework to complete and I can’t wait to discuss it and see what the next stage is. The space she created was warm, inspiring and personalised to my business. She walks the walk and her suggestions were (are) backed by years of figuring out the best way from her own business experience."
- Victoria Abbott