I am an Artist…Why Do I Need a Mentor?


What comes in all shapes and sizes, genders and generations, wears multiple hats, and can be likened to a friend, parent, uncle, coach, scoutmaster, or counselor? Beginning with the Ancient Greeks, mentoring is one of the oldest forms of influence. Mentor was the trusted advisor and counsel of Odysseus. A mentor is not a teacher.  A mentor goes beyond teaching.  Mentoring occurs when one individual actively builds into another individual by sharing his knowledge, experience, wisdom and heart. What do all mentors have in common?  Is it really important for the independent minded artist to seek mentoring relationships? How will they benefit?