We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Magida and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking at one time was something I felt very adverse to. Looking back I’m amazed that I played it so safe and felt so afraid of risk because now I have such a different view of what some may find “risky”. I think it has to do with my mindset shifting after art college. I realized that going to art college was in fact a risk! I had thought I was making a strategic career move and college was a necessary item to have under my belt in order to succeed as an artist. I tried to not show my work in galleries, though I was introduced to many people in the gallery world, because it felt too risky to show as a student. Again- Looking back I would as my older self, I would of told my younger self to go for it! Take a risk, risks move you forward, even if you fail or end up with a bruised ego, risks are the energy of momentum. Becoming a creative entrepreneur has been a dive into what some may see as a risky life style. I recently had a conversation about life choices and choosing to go out on your own versus choosing to work for another person or company, I feel such a strong desire to create and build a company that works for me and my creative brain that I honestly must sculpt out that future on my own.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am both a life coach for artists and mostly fibers artist. I love, love, love coaching artists. As a young artist I keep self sabotaging the most amazing opportunities cause I just had no clue! I was completely trapped in my own fears of success, failures, how to write a contract?? I don’t want other artists to feel so lost and without foundation. So I’ve developed a mastermind program for artists to foster strong foundations in communication, self forgiveness, artistic mindset and breakthroughs, inner work as well as artist business skills to propel you forward as a creative being. For a long time, I’m 41 now, I lived in this weird limbo of being super confident in my art and self worth and then the exact opposite, having no concept of self worth on a Greek Tragedy scale. This was not a fun roller coaster ride. I went through various career path mishaps and jumps, thinking that I was landing in a safe place until I realized I was short changing myself and denying my natural gifts as a reiki healer, artist and life coach. I came out of the woo closet and felt like I had electricity flowing through my arms so I picked up reiki, I listened to my body and soul and became so much more comfortable with my art and conversing with new people about my art and I want to see that light in other artists….that’s where the coaching comes in. I over came my challenges by hiring a coach! To be perfectly transparent I’ve been in therapy for years but no longer felt the push to excel in life that therapy originally brought me. I still see a therapist and I still receive coaching. I wouldn’t call my life decisions career wise easy, but its completely necessary to me to live the life that gives me joy, balance and pulls out my best self to challenge and drive me in art and coaching.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ohhhhhhhh fun. I’m picturing early summer for this adventure. Well first off Baltimore City has some absolutely amazing museums. The American Visionary Art Museum being first on this list. Not only does it have fantastic examples of mirror mosaic and sculpture on the outside of the building but the inside of the museum is full of art by outsider and visionary artists, for example a violin made out match sticks or paintings fabricated from paint made from potatoes. AVAM also has a killer gift shop. We can eat at my favorite vegan place, Land of Kush and then go on a mural tour. For a couple years Baltimore hosted “Open Walls” which brought mural artists together from the city and all over the world. Next we would head over to The Walters for ancient and a pinch of contemporary art in their new wing, then a hop skip around some local galleries such as Grimaldis, Current or Resort. The Great Blacks in Wax Museum is also an amazing look at what a museum can be and a unique trip through history. Next, let’s go to The True Vine for records or funky mix tapes and hear all the gossip about the next big musician in town. Later on we can go to The Crown for Karaoke and kimchi fries….I love those. Theres so much to see in Baltimore and I’m an avid walker. So a walk through Wyman Park Dell with yummy fruit smoothies and then hang out in the Baltimore Museum of Art to cool down in the ac while viewing the newest collection from John Waters and many recent acquisitions by women artists. I think pizza is order, cause I love pizza with dough from Trinacria and lounging in my backyard around a fire pit. Did you know Baltimore has a ton of delicious ice cream spots? Well it does, I’m not sure if crazy flavored ice cream is a national trend but it’s gone wild in this city. Lemon Peppermint stick being one of my favorite flavors with Caramel Old Bay being a close second. There’s really a ton to do in the city however I would also love to drive about 20mins out and go to a farm stand to get watermelon and other fresh seasonal food treats. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The Little Volcano — a couple in San Diego who run a life coaching school and biz The New MFA — a new take on coaching for artists and turning artists into coaches Gita Joshi — a badass arts boss in the UK Non-Violent Communication by Marshal Rosenberg. (he must be the most compassionate man alive)
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