Want one-on-one advice to get or keep your creative career on track? Need help figuring out your creative path? Feeling isolated and want to discuss your ideas with experienced creative professionals?
Book a session (or a few) with a Pyragraph career coach!
Backstage and VIP PyraPASS members get some coaching for free, and 50% off all Coaching beyond their free sessions! Details at our PyraPASS page.
What’s Up With Coaching?
Many of us do creative work because we love being independent—but being an artist can also be isolating. Dealing with questions or problem-solving solo can be tiring and it’s easy to feel lost.
Pyragraph’s coaches can help! We’ve put together a team of arts-savvy professionals that understand the ins and outs of creative work and life—AND we’re offering them at WAY more affordable rates and packages than is typical in the coaching world. Yes, you can afford a coach!
You’ll get to choose the coach that best meets your needs. Our stable includes specialists in self-employment, visual arts, money and more. During your sessions, your coach will get to know you and give you direction, advice and support in your creative career, ventures and projects.
What’s your role? You steer the ship! Your role is to be actively engaged in developing strategies and plans to help you meet your goals, which we can help clarify and define.
Our coaches will:
- Learn about your creative work and what your goals are, and help you develop and refine those goals to maximize your chances of reaching them.
- Help you develop effective habits for pursuing and achieving your goals.
- Suggest ideas to develop your creative career that you may not have considered: i.e. merchandising your artwork, or publishing your songs.
- Advise you on the typical and common issues that are crucial to creative success (i.e. developing your audience, protecting your creative work, managing money, promoting yourself online, etc.).
- Support your networking efforts and help you build your network by suggesting people you should meet, and making introductions when appropriate.
- Help you problem-solve specific issues that may be vexing you.
We can’t wait to work with you!
Choose from any of the following coaches. If you’re a PyraPASS member with multiple coaching sessions in your membership, you can mix it up and choose different coaches for each session. Or, stick with the same coach every time. It’s up to you.
Peri Pakroo, Business Author and Coach
Besides being the founder and Publisher of Pyragraph, Peri Pakroo is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small business. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-ups and nonprofits for more than 20 years.
Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, specializing in small business and intellectual property issues. She is the author of the top-selling Nolo titles The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Small Business Start-Up Kit (national and California editions), and Starting and Building a Nonprofit, and has been featured in numerous national and local publications including Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Investor’s Business Daily, and BusinessWeek.
Peri accidentally started her first band The Moist Towelettes at the age of 40 with her husband Turtle O’Toole. Since then she has played in a number of bands including the blurts and her own downer-country project, Peri & the FAQs.
Nancy Zastudil, Owner/Director, Central Features Contemporary Art
Nancy Zastudil is a curator, writer, and administrator dedicated to making positive change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship in the arts. She is owner/director of Central Features Contemporary Art, a gallery that promotes environmental stewardship, social progress, and the intrinsic value of art-making in contemporary culture. Nancy is also Administrative Director of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation and visual arts contributor to Arts and Culture Texas. She is a contributor to The Hustle Economy: Transforming Your Creativity Into a Career (April 2016); co-editor for edible Santa Fe art+food themed issues (2015 and 2016); and co-editor of On the Banks of Bayou City: The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Houston (March 2009). art ltd., edible Santa Fe, Arts and Culture Texas, Dance Source Houston, Temporary Art Review, Art Lies, and more have published her exhibition reviews, features, and interviews. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.
Antonia Montoya, MS, Certified Health Education Specialist
Antonia Montoya is a health and wellness coach who helps her clients be at their best and make the changes they want in their lives at Change is Yours. She specializes in working with overwhelmed or stagnant entrepreneurs helping them find joyful solutions and explosions of energy. Antonia is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a MS in Health Education. For over twenty years she has successfully facilitated professional development for businesses and individuals in times of change. She has presented her meaningful work, to international, national and state conferences. Antonia is all about gratitude and her creative passion project is Our Gratitude Collective, a gratitude sharing membership site that she created and pours her creative energy into every day. A musician for over 10 years playing upright bass and singing in local bands, she currently goes by Alonerly, taking the stage alone as she loops layers and layers of upright bass, vocals and electronic beats.
Schedule a Coaching Session!
You can purchase a-la-carte sessions below, or purchase a PyraPASS which includes coaching at the Backstage and VIP levels.