Mentoring: Time To Give vs. The Day Job

the importance of mentors I’ve come to a point since starting up my site and writing blogs that people are asking me to put my money where my mouth is (sorry for the cliché). In other words, I’ve had many requests for mentorship… so many, in fact, that I’m overwhelmed, not to mention incredibly flattered.

But that leaves me with a huge conundrum: How can I practice what I preach? (Yet another cliché to apologize for). How can I be a mentor to all who have asked?

Mentoring is so very important. I had mentors when I first started out in my career. Most of them were working with me, so they could mentor me while doing their day job. They mentored by example and by just being in close proximity for advice.

Although I’ve had some time over the last several months to work on my own projects, I did manage to go to Dublin to give some lectures and workshops… does that count as mentoring? I’d like to think that it does. I did manage to meet a few students independently for coffee and look at their work, answer questions, etc. But somehow, it just doesn’t seem to be enough.

So what to do now that I have a new day job? I still want to pay forward what was given to me when I was young and just starting out.

Here’s what I was thinking. My team and I will sort through all the questions that have been coming in for the past several months and start coming up with topics for me to write about – hopefully answering questions that many of you have and giving advice about certain paths of action.

In the meantime, I will still do the lecturing/workshop thing as much as I can and still have a family life! I’m also trying out the Motivarti mentorship program… I’ll see how it goes. I’m only mentoring one person to see if that’s all I can handle or if I can manage more the next go ‘round.

One final thought? Here’s a piece of advice for all of you: there are so many professionals out there, so start stalking!

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  • sianychick

    Yay!!! !his all sounds great! just need to get my night vision goggles and i’m good to go (that’s what you meant right?)

    • brendachapman

      Ha Ha! Exactly! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The best mentoring I’ve ever gotten has rarely been direct. I have found that when I talk to professionals about topics outside of film/writing that I learn more. The same advice is given over and over again when specifically addressing my field of work, but when a conversation turns away from giving and more into sharing, that is where I learn the most. As should any mentorship be. Being mentored shouldn’t be about taking everything you can from a mentor who gracious enough to assist you, but it is about making yourself just as valuable to them as well. Both should get something out of the relationship.

    • brendachapman

      Thank you for the insight!

  • I have been doing a course at the Oatley Academy with Chris Oatley mentoring me, its been the best decision I have made for my art in years! I will defiantly look into the Motivarti Mentorship next fall, I have only heard amazing feedback. Goodluck Brenda

    • brendachapman

      Thank you… and good luck to you!

  • Christina

    I really look forward to your posts, Brenda. So cannot wait for you to create posts based around questions that people have asked you! Someone else always thinks of something I haven’t anyway. So thanks for your time 🙂

    • brendachapman

      Thank you, Christina. That is very sweet of you. xo

  • Although it would be GREAT for you to mentor everyone who asked – it’s impossible. You are a fantastic storyteller, there will be too many requests! If you tried to be a personal mentor to everyone, no one would benefit. You could be a great personal mentor to one person and they would benefit tremendously, but then many other people would miss out on your advice. Or, you could talk/write about broader topics and then everyone would benefit, but they wouldn’t get the individual attention a personal mentor could give. Hmm…

    Of course I’d love if you just talked/wrote about broader topics, but I’m being biased because I want to read your stuff, and I know I’d never get chosen to be your personal mentee!

    • brendachapman

      Aw! You’re sweet! Thank you… I’ll do my best to do the best I can.

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