Consulting, by definition, is the "the business of giving expert advice to people working in a professional or technical field." And expertise is often said to be achieved after 10,000 hours of practice in the field. By my math, I've got almost double that! Of course, I don't think anyone can really claim to be an expert in the arts, because it's constantly evolving, and we need to constantly evolve with it. The most successful people in this industry are always listening, always learning, always looking for ways to grow.
While I’ve stepped away from doing management full-time for now, I still enjoy the work. I am a listener and problem solver by nature, so I enjoy nothing more than sitting down with someone and helping them zoom out, patch holes and make plans. I have found that working on a consultant basis for clients has been a great way to stay in the field and not only to help artists but to learn as well! And I love that it allows me the space to offer the advice, direction and big picture thinking that comes naturally to me.
In a lot of cases, hiring a management consultant, whether short or long term, can be of great benefit to the artist as well. Rather than signing over a percentage of your total income to someone, and entrusting them with every aspect of your business, you get to take “management” for a test drive instead. As a consultant, I am hired by the artist, and only take on projects and tasks that we’ve agreed together I will work on.
This is a great way for an artist who’s never had management to see what the working relationship is like and what the benefits are to working with a manager without diving in head-first. And it’s nice for more experienced artists who have had full-time management in the past, are looking for full-time management again, but aren’t quite ready to make that leap. I’ve also found it helpful for artists with a clear vision for their own career, and great business acumen, who simply don’t need someone overseeing everything. In that case, a day-to-day consultant working on tasks they’re strictly assigned to -- like booking flights, communicating with the artists’ team or working on social media -- is a welcome addition to the fold.
No matter what your need, I'd love to hear about your project and see how we might be able to work together!