"I empower artists, creative entrepreneurs and leaders in arts and culture to maximize their personal and professional potential."

Feeling stuck or at a pivotal moment? Are you struggling to focus on your true priorities, determine your next steps or lacking confidence to take your creative career and life to the next level or a new direction?  

Here's how I can help

My coaching practice is focused on supporting artists and creatives like you including: emerging,

mid-career and established artists, makers, designers, entrepreneurs with arts-based businesses and leaders of cultural institutions and initiatives. 

I understand the creative mindset and appreciate that there are many ways to build a career and life as a creative professional.

As your coach, I work alongside you to facilitate your self-discovery, increase your confidence and refine your focus on what is most important in your life, your creative endeavours or business directions. 

I help you to:

  • Define your creative dreams and goals and develop and implement effective strategies to achieve them;

  • Prioritize, focus and follow through to finish projects that matter to you;

  • Build confidence and develop habits to support your creativity and success;

  • Cultivate professional and personal relationships that support your endeavours;

  • Understand and push past creative blocks and fears that stand in the way of your ambitions;

  • Figure out what’s next and go for it!


How I Coach

Every coaching relationship and session is uniquely created based on your needs and your desired outcome.

I empower you to grow your creative practice, arts-based business and life from the inside out. 

Our coaching conversations are focused, thought-provoking and structured to support you to determine plans and take the actions that you decide are right for you. I work collaboratively with you to build our relationship based on trust, candour and action planning and ask questions to help you to identify blocks, challenges and opportunities in your life. My job is to support you to make better decisions and be stronger in your professional and personal relationships, provide a neutral ear, champion you and build in accountability to keep you on track to move forward toward your goals.

I offer customized coaching plans with the option of a set number of sessions or a monthly fee typically based on two 45 minute sessions per month and I provide additional support via email or text between sessions if you have questions, want to share accomplishments or need additional encouragement.

I coach virtually via phone, Zoom or Skype or in person.


1:1 Coaching for Artists and Creatives

Results oriented collaboration and partnership to help you to:  Clarify your creative and personal goals | Cultivate confidence & self-esteem | Manage stress | Navigate change | Enhance your personal fulfilment | Build a sustainable creative career and balanced life.

Career Direction and Professional Growth:

Assess your strengths, talents and passions | Explore options for career direction and professional growth | Figure out what’s next and go for it! | Establish action plans and accountability.

Leadership Development:

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

Business Coaching for Creative Entrepreneurs:

Clarify and articulate your vision | Identify goals and opportunities |Focus on priorities to move forward | Develop and implement strategies to build your arts based business and income  | Market your artwork, products and services authentically.

Group Coaching Programs:

A series of one hour meet ups structured around specific topics or themes determined in collaboration with participants. I bring interactive activities and stimulating questions to facilitate self-discovery and discussion with colleagues in group and break-out formats. Format includes weekly check ins and goal setting/action steps to support specific individual goals and projects. Limited to 6 participants. Register individually or contact me work with your organization or group to set up a customized program.

Professional Development Workshops:

Interactive workshops designed to empower artists to build their capacity to move forward in their independent professional practice. I sometimes host workshops independently and more often in partnership and collaboration with arts-based organizations.

During Covid-19 all workshops will be presented on-line.

Coaching for Artists and Creatives During Covid-19:

Are you struggling to focus, rethinking priorities, direction, daily routines and self-care as a creative professional?

I can help! I’m continuing to offer1 FREE 30 minute virtual coaching session to any artist or creative who needs a boost, group coaching options, as well as reductions of up to 25% off rates and packages for 1:1 virtual coaching through August.


My Background    

My professional experience has evolved over three decades of working in leadership positions in small business and non-profit arts organizations working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and artists to support them to strategize direction, negotiate collaborations and partnerships, realize creative projects and implement business plans. Over the course of my career, I have facilitated, collaborated with and mentored individuals to achieve hundreds of artistic projects and business initiatives.


I have a special passion for working with artists and creative entrepreneurs and culture makers. Because of my background I understand the creative mindset, the context and practicalities of professional artistic practice and the challenges and possibilities of building a creative business, career and life. My experiences of working with artists and entrepreneurs is in fact what lead me to pursue life coaching at a professional level.

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.” 
“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.”   JB


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.
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