5 Reasons Why Mentorship Is A Must

why you should consider business mentorship


Are you still trying to decipher the perfect backgrounds for your photos? Or are you at your wits end about how to secure more clients? 

Trust me, with just over 20 years in the industry I get it.


You might be thinking, ‘I’ll be fine’. ‘I can figure this out on my own’. But let me share something with you that I have had to learn too. It’s ok  to want and need help. 


Your partner can only hear so much about how the shoot ran overtime or how you had to scramble to get an ingredient that the client at first did not want… and now does. 


Having someone who knows the ins and out of this business. Someone who is a little further along on the journey  are all keys to taking your food styling business to the next level. 


Here are 5 reasons to consider mentoring: 


  • Mentors provided insight and knowledge
    Whether you’re just starting out in the business or have been at it for a while, having a mentor is a great way to bring a fresh perspective. Imagine a hot air balloon. When you’re on the ground you’re only able to see what’s around you. And then you get into the hot air balloon and you slowly start rising and the things that were around you become increasingly smaller. You’re now in the air and are able to see for kilometers on end. This is the kind of perspective having a mentor grants you. It’s especially important to have a visionary mindset, so that you can help your clients execute new and fresh ideas before the rest of the market catches on. 
  • Mentoring will encourage your personal and professional growth
    My goal in mentoring is not to make more Tarynes. My goal is to encourage and equip you to be more of yourself. That is a force which is indispensable. And in saying that, in order for us to grow, we need to push beyond our comfort zone. Think of me as your personal blindspot detector. And in spotting those blindspots, I will offer suggestions and ways in which you can grow and develop.
  • Mentors become your soundingboard
    As much as our loved ones care, I know everyone has their limits. But, whenever I speak to someone else in the industry, it feels like we could talk for days! They know what it’s like, they too have first hand experience with all the weird and wonderful things you have to deal with. It then becomes a bit awkward, because you’re not sure whether you can share your ideas and dreams for future shoots, in fear that you might be paging through a magazine and see your ideas there. Having a mentor, means you have someone on your side. Someone you can bounce ideas off of, and even better your existing ideas. 
  • Mentors have made many mistakes which you can learn from
    The adage of parents everywhere- “do as I say and not as I do” proves true here. This is not me saying that you must follow my every word, but more of a gentle nudge to say that I’ve been where you are. I know what it’s like. I had to figure things out without google, YouTube or Instagram to guide me. And in saying that I’ve probably made all the mistakes there are to make and have learnt hard lessons. I want to help you feel like you’re not alone in this. And that you don’t have to make the same mistakes, saving you a lot of tears and frustration. 
  • Mentors help you develop a plan

Ever get so bogged down by the millions of ideas swirling around in your brain, that you end up doing nothing? Have you become frustrated by the many, many things on your to-do list, not knowing what to give your attention to first?  Well then, you need a better plan. Having a mentor is helpful, in that you can simply do a big brain dump, and I can help you sort through what is important and what can wait. I always advocate for just starting with 3 things. Just 3. Get those done and start with another 3 tomorrow. 

What’s the advice about eating an elephant? Just one bite at a time.

Do you want to go forward in making an investment in the growth and development of both you and your business?  

Click here to get access to my mentor info form 




Words by Andrea Cresswell.


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