Career Consultation FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Career Consultations
What is a consultation?
Consultations are one-hour meetings with a Springboard artist consultant to seek advice, guidance, input and direction on your career and work as an artist.
What can I expect from a consultation?
People schedule consultations for all sorts of reasons. Some prefer a big picture look at their work and career, and want to talk through long-term plans. Some wish to run a new idea for a project or business past someone and receive some constructive feedback. Others may be working on a specific grant or project and need assistance in writing portions of it. In other cases, artists may wish to figure out what their next steps might be, particularly if they’ve recently graduated, retired, changed careers or are beginning a new artistic discipline. If it’s goal-oriented and within the scope of a one hour meeting, we can do it. Things that we can do (and often do) include:
Make a timeline of goals
Write a resume or artist statement
Identify specific grants or funding sources
Identify specific community members or organizations for collaboration, professional development or assistance
Work on a grant narrative
Provide tutorials on using online platforms (grant portals, submission sites, mnartists.org, etc.)
Discuss the pros and cons of forms of business organization
Discuss Springboard programs or resources that may be useful
Discuss any Work of Art workshops topics in more detail (record keeping, marketing, funding, etc.)
Write brief copy for a website or social media
Assemble a budget
What can we not do?
It’s important to keep in mind that consultations are not meant to be a substitute for working with a grantwriter, contractor, financial advisor or mentor. The things we typically cannot do in a consultation are activities that fall out of the scope of what can be accomplished in an hour, or require specialized knowledge outside our field. These may include writing a complete grant or business plan, building out a website, editing video or audio, or providing legal or financial advice. We also cannot offer artistic critiques or evaluations of your work (see our Guiding Principles). If you need access to these services, contact Springboard staff, and we can make referrals to professionals and partner organizations that can provide them.
What should I bring?
You don’t need to bring anything with you, though we strongly advise you bring a notepad, a laptop, or anything else you need during the session for taking notes. We’ll have pens and paper here, as well. You’re welcome to send your consultant some links, work samples, documents and other materials before you meet.
What should I expect afterwards?
Consultants can send you a scanned PDF of their handwritten or typed notes, but are not able to provide written summaries for your meeting. If a consultant agrees to send you links, documents or other materials, they will send those within a week.
How much do consultations cost?
Our consultations are priced at suggested fees of between $0 to $75 an hour, with $45 as the average. This means we are asking you to make an honest evaluation of what payment is within your ability. The actual administrative cost of a consultation is higher than the rates on this scale, so we encourage you to pay at the highest level within your means, as it allows us to offer lower rates to those who need it.
How many consultations can I schedule?
The majority of artists we work with have one or two consultations per year. There are always exceptions, but for artists seeking to schedule more than two standard consultations with in a year, we require an action plan that outlines the work the artist and consultant will do together. We are not able to offer more than one consultation per year at the under $45 rate.
Where can I do consultations?
Our preference is to meet at our offices in Lowertown or on University Avenue in St. Paul, and at our offices in Fergus Falls. In some cases, we can also meet in public spaces such as libraries, coffee shops or co-working spaces. Unfortunately, we are not able to schedule consultations in private homes or studios.
Can I meet with more than one consultant?
Yes. Each consultant has a different background, approach and set of knowledge, and it may benefit you to get multiple perspectives. Each new consultation is priced and scheduled as a new consultation, though we ask artists requesting a free consultation to limit themselves to one per year with one consultant.
What if I need to reschedule or cancel a consultation?
Our consultants have varied schedules. Often they meet with multiple artists a day, and occasionally back to back. Arriving on time for your appointment allows us to give every artist their full hour.
If you need to cancel or move a consultation, please contact the consultant directly with at least 24 hours notice. If you arrive more than 20 minutes late, it is possible that we will ask you to reschedule at the discretion of the consultant.
Same-day cancellations or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice can be rescheduled, but we cannot issue a refund unless there has been a medical or family emergency.