Hi, my name is Chris Zielski.
I’m an artist and entrepreneur, and I help people navigate their professional creative journey.
My superpower is distilling the hard stuff into something you can wrap your arms around.
Creative work is tricky. There’s no single path to success. There’s only the path that’s right for you – and I can help you find it.
What I offer:
Experience and empathy.
I’ve been an artist for 25 years, a creative business owner since 2007, and prior to that spent 8 years as a professional teacher. I’ve written several creative business books, and teach a variety of workshops and classes. When it comes to creative work, I’ve done everything from massive corporate commissions to small meaningful pieces.
Plus, I’ve done the hard stuff.
Like reinventing myself after after being downsized during a recession. Like juggling raising a daughter as a single mom while running a business. Like finding my own voice when it came to my creative work, my marketing, and my vision.
What is it like to work with me?
I have a calm, insightful personality. I’m comfortable, approachable, and great at listening and seeing the bigger picture. People often tell me I’m good at honing in on just what they need – they often have a “light bulb” moment where things suddenly click.
What can I help with?
Almost anything related to starting or running a micro creative business, including things like:
Addressing creative challenges
Brainstorming income streams
Building a confident business
Clarifying your vision
Critiquing a body of artwork
Creating a customized marketing plan
Customer service road mapping
Diversifying your income streams
Envisioning your creative future
Figuring out what the path looks like
Finding your creative niche
Mapping out a big project
Navigating a change in direction
Polishing a presentation
Reimagining your website
Refining an artist’s statement
Starting a creative business
Taking your work to the next level
Telling your creative story
Whether you’re making a change in direction, tackling a big project, or dealing with a specific stuck point, together we can navigate whatever challenge you’re currently facing.