I have been in the arts and entertainment industry for over 20 years, and I love to teach others everything that I have learned. There are many people who need mentors, but may not be aware of it. If you fall into either of those categories, then you are a perfect candidate for my blog “What Mentor Do You Need?”
If you have questions about connecting with other artists, marketing your art, or surviving the ups and downs of this crazy industry, then I hope you will visit my blog often. I promise you that if you follow my advice to identify a mentor and connect with them, your life will change for the better.
It’s great to have a mentor. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford one. The good news is, you don’t always need one. You can be your own mentor at times and it’s still a valuable experience.
When I talk about having a mentor, I’m referring to someone who has been in your shoes before and is there to guide you through the process of making it in the arts industry. They are your go-to person for questions and advice when you need it.
The best mentors are those who have what you want or something similar to what you want but on a larger scale or with more success than you currently have.
Art is a business, and every business needs mentors. Why? Because they are there to provide you with guidance, help, and most importantly, experience.
This article is all about finding the best mentor for your needs. Not only will it help you to find the perfect mentor for your career, but it will help you to understand how and why the arts industry needs mentors in the first place
I actually started writing about mentoring as a way for artists to navigate the arts industry and find mentors. There are so many things you need to know and so many stages you may go through that it’s hard to be your own mentor. The most important thing is to go get yourself a mentor. I can’t stress this enough. You will make mistakes, but at least those mistakes won’t be fatal ones.
Hiring a mentor is not a matter of finding someone that you can ask for occasional advice and then go on your merry way. It is the beginning of a life long relationship. What you are looking for in a mentor is someone who has been through what you have and came out the other side okay.
A mentor who has been successful will be able to relate to your issues, often because they have been in similar situations themselves and can remember how they felt at that time. They know what it feels like to fail and yet keep trying. Because they have experienced great success they are comfortable sharing the lessons they have learned along the way.
Your mentor will help keep you motivated as well as give you guidance in setting goals and making decisions that will move your career forward.
I think that’s because the word has a very specific meaning in the art world. A mentor is someone who will help you develop your career.
Someone who gives you a leg up, who can tell you about opportunities or help you put together an exhibition or manage some of your finances. Mentor sounds like someone who is already successful and wants to help another successful person get there.
That kind of mentor is great, but what if you’re just starting out? What if you’re not quite sure what your career path is going to be? What if you don’t know what success looks like to you?
If that’s the case, having a mentor might actually be more important than having a career. Someone who can give you advice on how to navigate the path ahead of you and help you develop yourself as an artist. Someone who can help you make connections and understand how to work with people in the art world.”
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A mentor is a person who has already been where you want to go and can tell you what he or she did to get there. A mentor can help you avoid the pitfalls that may have tripped him or her up. Mentors are like having someone walk behind you and hold up a mirror so you can see your blind spots.
The best mentors are people who have been where you want to go, but have not gone so far that they cannot help you anymore.