Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Is Artful Career Academy right for you?  

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I’m a beginner artist. Will this program work for me?

Yes! From beginner to advanced artists, this program will be great for you if you need 1. accountability to finish the courses you want to take, and 2. figure out what job or career would be best for you. Either you are wanting to switch careers, or you are interested in bringing in some income while you continue to develop your art style.

Why pay for this kind of program? I can just finish my courses on my own.

Do you feel like you are learning everything you need to start making money from your art or get a job in the art community? How would you feel, a year from now, if you just kept going the way you are going now? How soon would you like to figure out the ideal career for you so you know what you’re working toward?  

In ACA, you will receive lots of support! You’ll have support from me, you’ll have a cohort of students all working toward similar goals, and you’ll have mentors coming in. You’ll have access to new training modules every month so that you can learn new business skills while you are working on your art. You’ll have a personalized development plan so you know exactly what skills you need to reach your goal.

I don’t have time to do more courses right now.

The beauty of the Artful Career Academy is that you use the courses you’ve already purchased to create your development plan! We will evaluate your coursework before the program even starts and work with you on what skills you might be missing in order to reach your goal. No one student’s plan will be the same! Your plan will be unique, just like you are! As you work through the program, we will provide accountability for you to finish your courses. How much money have you spent so far on courses and art supplies? Wouldn’t it be nice to use those things to improve your art and also reach a goal of a new career in art?

How is Artful Career Academy different from other artist professional development programs?

The Artful Career Academy is for artists who want to transition into a new career, or re-enter the workforce. You will examine your core values, past work experience, and desires for your future in order to decide what career will bring you the most satisfaction. Our program is unique in that we focus on two things simultaneously: growing as an artist, and figuring out what job is a perfect fit for your skills, passions, and lifestyle.

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Can the Artful Career Academy really help Me find My "soul's work"?

Let me tell you, I was you! I struggled for years with crippling self-doubt and just dabbling in anything and everything art-related. When friends praised my art, I just thought “if they only knew.” It took years to be able to use the title Artist. Even then, I despaired of ever doing something with my art. And when it came down to it, I didn’t like spending every day in the studio working on art. I didn’t feel that it was my soul’s work, not my passion!  The Artful Career Academy is my soul’s work and I am uniquely able to help other struggling artists to discover and claim their own path. I’m also a single mom and I know that family comes first, so I understand how difficult it is to work on your art full-time or go back to traditional school. I believe that I can help you reach your goals through the Artful Career Academy

If I don’t finish the program within the two year window, what happens?

You have two full years to do this program.  If you reach the end of those years and haven't done the work, you most likely are dealing with a lack of self-confidence and fear.  If you do reach the end of two years and haven't made progress, you can request your paid tuition be exchanged for 1:1 coaching sessions.

How much time will I need to spend per week for this program?

We suggest dedicating 2 hours per week. One hour on the Academy, and one hour on your art. It will be different for everyone.  Even spending 1 hour per week, you will make significant progress towards your career goals. Don't forget!  You have lots of accountability built into the program. 

Maybe I should do an accredited BFA or MFA program. Artful Career Academy isn’t accredited.

If you have the time and money, yes! Do it! There’s something truly special about doing a degree in the arts in person. Degree programs take years and tens of thousands of dollars to complete. For those of us who don’t have these resources, you can do the Artful Career Academy.

The cool thing about ACA is that you can do this program from anywhere in the world- all trainings are virtual and you can take classes online or locally that will satisfy the skills on your development plan. ACA is not an accredited institute of higher education. But, to let you in on a secret- we are working on expanding the Academy to include a credential and as part of the first cohort of students, you will be grandfathered into the credential program.