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"I empower artists and creatives to maximize their personal

and professional potential."

How I Can Help Artists an Creatives

Feeling stuck?   Are you struggling to determine your next steps, focus on your true priorities or lacking confidence to take your creative practice, business or career to the next level or a new direction?  

I understand the creative mindset and appreciate that there are many ways

to build a career and life as a creative professional.

My coaching practice is focused on supporting artists and creatives like you including: emerging, mid-career and established visual artists, makers, designers, writers, musicians, filmmakers, performers, entrepreneurs with arts-based businesses and leaders of cultural institutions and initiatives. Essentially, I coach anyone who is dedicated professionally or personally to artistic expression, creation or production.

Ready to take your creative practice, business or career to the next level or a new direction?

Here's how I can help

​As your coach, I provide results oriented collaboration and partnership to help you:


  • Clarify your vision and goals as a creative professional


  • Plan how to realize your ambitions for your creative practice, career or business 


  • Create habits and routines that support your professional development, productivity and success


  • Navigate challenges and change in your career and life as a creative


  • Cultivate confidence and mindset


  • Gain a better sense of control and accomplishment in your work and life as a creative professional.​


  • Build a more sustainable and fulfilling creative career and balanced life


Whatever your challenge or aspiration...I’ll work with you to gain clarity, overcome hurdles and achieve your goals.

How I Coach Artists an Creatives

How I Coach

Coaching with me is a creative and collaborative process! We create our coaching relationship and each session based on your needs and desired outcome.

I empower you to grow your creative practice, arts-based business or career

from the inside out and build a more sustainable and fulfilling life as creative professional. 

My job is to help you identify and focus on your true priorities and take the actions that you decide are right for you. I provide a neutral ear, champion you and build in accountability to keep you on track to move forward toward your goals.


I am based in Toronto, Canada and coach artists and creative professionals across Canada, the U.S.A and globally.


Services for Artists and Creatives

Individual Coaching for Artists and Creatives

Customized, 1:1 coaching based on your needs, challenges and desired outcomes. Clarify your direction and goals. Create achievable action plans, build habits, cultivate focus, mindset and confidence. 

Career Coaching for Creative Professionals:

Explore opportunities for career direction and professional growth. Strategize a path forward. Establish action plans and accountability. Take your creative practice and career to the next level.

Leadership Development Coaching for Creatives:

Build your awareness of your authentic leadership style and your impact on others. Focus on your key priorities. Increase your effectiveness.

Business Coaching for Creative Entrepreneurs:

Clarify and articulate your vision. Identify goals and opportunities. Market your artwork, products and services authentically. Develop strategies to build your arts based business and income.

Packages and Offers for Customized Individual Coaching:

Ready to take your creative practice/career/business to the next level or a new direction? I can help!

I offer package options for a set number of 1:1 sessions over three or more months or a monthly rate for bi-weekly coaching sessions.

Group Coaching Programs for Artists and Creatives:

A series of customized one hour small group sessions. Structured around specific topics or themes determined in collaboration with participants. Format facilitates individual reflection and action planning  and group discussion. Weekly check-ins support accountability to specific individual goals and projects.

Stay Tuned for Announcement of my NEW Group Coaching Program for 2023!

Professional Development Workshops for Artists and Creatives:

I offer interactive workshops designed to empower artists to learn and grow in their creative practices or arts-based businesses. I host myself or in partnership with arts-based organizations.

My Background

My Background    

My professional experience has evolved over three decades in leadership positions in small design and arts based businesses and non-profit arts organizations. My work has involved realizing creative visions, producing artistic programs, developing business strategies and plans, designing products, negotiating collaborations and partnerships. I've dedicated my career to working side-by-side with artists and creatives. 

I am a creative myself and I truly have a passion

for working with creative people!

Over the course of my career, I have collaborated with and mentored other creatives to achieve hundreds of creative and entrepreneurial initiatives. I understand the contexts, challenges and possibilities of building a sustainable and fulfilling career and life as a creative professional. I've lived those moments when I've had to figure out what's next for myself and sometimes create my own opportunities along the way. And I've love helping others creatives do the same for themselves.


My own experiences as a creative professional

lead me to pursue coaching

artists and creatives at a professional level. 

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I hold an HBFA from York University and I am an Internationally Accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC)Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Co-active Training Institute® and a member of ICF Toronto.



"No matter where you are in your career in the arts sector, Chris can help you refine your personal brand, and create an action plan that is unique to you and your needs. Chris is a great listener: she asked about my career goals, my strengths, and my personality, and used these as the foundation for my personalized coaching. I mentioned in an early session that I'm a strategic planning nerd, and sure enough, she had me create a strategic plan for my career. I loved it! The result is that I feel well-equipped to take advantage of professional opportunities as they arise, and to use my strengths to lead with confidence."   Barbara 
“I started working with Chris at a time when I was experiencing insecurity around the trajectory of my artistic career. During a few months of coaching, meeting every other week, I have made some major moves. My new path is set in a direction I feel very confident with. Chris asks the right questions leading me to focus and prioritize. She is a phenomenal listener and her keen observations have helped me look at problems in different ways encouraging me to activate solid decisions. I am a better artist today because of the coaching I received from Chris.”  Irene
“Chris' coaching helped me develop and redesign my art practice. More importantly, I was able to turn inward to understand my own values, and strengths. As a result I feel a permanent shift in my outlook and perspective. This shift has allowed me to become confident and purposeful, and has empowered me to take control of my career as an artist. I feel now self-guided in a direction that is fulfilling, honest, and in line with my values. Chris is an amazing coach and the results are absolutely invaluable."   Justine
“I worked with Chris Mitchell for the last year and found her help and guidance exceptional. She helped me hone in on things I wanted to change about my work environment and how to re structure not only the format of my workplace but how to re think and adjust my perception of it so that I could embrace what was happening with a more positive mindset. She also helped me clarify my goals as an artist and own my potential and expertise in that field and own my accomplishments. I would highly recommend working with Chris for Business or Artistic aspirations to set clear goals and have an incredibly positive and insightful guide by your side."   Sarah
“Chris Mitchell brings a winning blend of listening, compassion, insightful questions and imaginative strategies to her  coaching practice.
Working with her, I have been able to develop new perspectives and map out practical goals as I embark on new creative ventures."   Mark
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Chris and left with a more focused direction, a sense of "I can make this happen" and a plan to do so. Chris's extensive background working with artists/creatives in a variety of disciplines gives her a greater understanding of our practice(s). I find her kind and patient (with a great sense of humor) , and great at motivating me to look inwards and move forwards. A great investment in you! "    Sheri
“Working with Chris Mitchell has been a very empowering experience. Holding my long-range aspirations in mind, she has helped shape immediate goals into a series of sharp and focused tasks and bolstered my performance by gently pushing me to reach just beyond where I might have stopped otherwise. Chris is an incredibly attuned listener who brings powerful support in a gentle and humble way. I am very fortunate to have her in my corner.”   James
“Chris' coaching was invaluable at a time for me when I had totally lost touch with my creative pursuits. With her help, I not only reinvigorated my love and passion for creating music, but also was able to overcome the anxiety I carried from feeling out of touch with my craft. For me, her coaching carried affirmation, encouragement, and support and I always felt at my best after a call with her. She will help you self-actualize the solutions to your problems, but also help you realize you had the ability all along.  Emma 
“I am deeply thankful for the productive time I have shared with Chris. Her compassionate and insightful methods helped me to galvanize, clarify, understand, and implement meaningful growth in my art practice. Moreover, her guidance in deeply connecting these actions to my personal values and aspirations has revolutionized my approach to teaching and I am newly able to imbue this excitement and deep connection in my pedagogy."  Donna Szoke
“I found Chris at a time in my life when I was really struggling to see a clear path forward for myself-- I'd been acting for over twenty years, had jumped from job to job to make ends meet during that time, and was tired of the lack of consistency in my life. But, I also couldn't see a way for me to get that stability without either giving up on my art, or completely compromising in my day job. Chris really helped me to gain clarity on all the skills and tools I'd been building and using as an artist all these years, and helped me figure out how I could apply them to my professional career, and even to my life at large. For the first time I was able to see a way forward into stability that didn't have to crush my creativity, or require me to give up on being an artist-- instead, Chris helped me to use my experience and knowledge to find or build something that would allow me to have both, and honour all the time I'd put into honing these skills all my life. If you are an artist looking to find new and creative ways to apply your skills to new ventures, want help overcoming imposter syndrome, or are simply looking for great advice and a roadmap on how to be a better business person as an artist, don't hesitate to talk to Chris! "  Katie
"Working with Chris has been one of the best decisions I have taken. I knew where I wanted to go with my art career but was not sure of how to get there and was having some mindset issues that kept me from moving forward. During my six-session package Chris and I worked over my strengths, values, time management, how to seek opportunities, and mindset. What I love the most about Chris as a coach is most of the time I would show up with many things on my mind but not a clear statement of what exactly I needed coaching on that session, however, Chris would always listen to me and read between the lines and show me exactly what I was looking for and help me reframe things, and understand what actions I needed to take. After my package ended, I have a clear sense of what I want, what I need to do to achieve it, how to analyze my progress and actions, and which strengths I have to make things happen. I look forward to working more with Chris in the future but recommend to anyone seeking a coach to have a discovery session with her as I did." Maria S. Llamozas


Send me your questions or contact me to set up a free 30 minute 1:1 private conversation to learn more about coaching and explore if we are a good fit.

Thanks for connecting!

Photo Credits: Cylla Von Tiedemann
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