Normally It's the Client Who Cries, Not Me

This time though, it was your own friendly little Stellar who got choked up.

Not that I actually cried of course – big ‘n tough men don’t do that. I even have hair on my chest and everything.

Nor is it a common occurrence for a coaching client to weep.

Though it’s happened a few times: When you end up dealing with hidden beliefs or issues that have been locked away for decades, finally facing them and ridding yourself of them can be so cathartic and liberating that the floodgates open.

Anyway, back to role reversal, and the coaching call where it was me who couldn’t keep it dry.

It was last week, and I was clicking through the artists gallery as I explained to her the power of telling your story.

This artist writes little blurbs along with her paintings – a sort of mix between poetry and prose -lighthearted and a bit whimsical.

And one of them just grabbed me, touched me, hit me SO hard.

Reached so deep into a place very intimate and personal, that it brought tears to my eyes.

It was a beautiful experience, so strong and… comforting, I guess.

It actually felt sort of therapeutic – not just the painting and the words, but the entire experience and the setting and the context of it all.

And the nice thing was that it was the perfect proof of what I always say, quoting Jimmy Kelly:

Art changes you, whether you want to or not.

And of course I threw it right back at Mrs. Artist:

“You see now what art can do to a person?

“You, who think that telling your story isn’t going to matter much to people?

“That your art is just art?

“You see now how you have massive power, how you can affect people in ways you can’t even imagine?”

She got it, in a big way.

And, she instantly leapt into action.

Made a plan for her email marketing, committed to my 30-day challenge, and started writing her first ‘join me on a wild ride’ email to send to her contacts, and invite them so sign up.

Beautiful to see it happen.

It’s this kind of thing that makes coaching so incredibly worthwhile to me.

It allows me to – sometimes very literally – show people how important art is to the world and the people in it.

Quoting myself:

“Art is what makes and defines a culture”.

You get to do that, as an artist.

And if you don’t, corporations will sell their formulaic profit-driven crap, and culture becomes defined by movies about war and superheroes and what have you.

The choice is yours: sell your art and contribute, be a force for good…

…Or stay in your studio and let commerce decide what our culture looks like.

And you’ll agree it doesn’t look good.

Anyway, if you want some help and some strategy for getting out there and selling your work, fill out my questionnaire and if we’re a good fit, I’ll give you two hours of coaching at zero cost.

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