Thursday, July 21, 2011

What Is Lightbox SF Anyway?

Today I'm going to do a little self-promotion because honestly I'm still feeling a bit blocked and things just aren't flowing the way I'd like them too.

I'll start with what we do at Lightbox SF and then tell you about all the cool stuff we have coming up in August (part of the reason I'm feeling a little overwhelmed these days). The short version is Shelly and I are creative coaches for creative businesses. We focus on branding, marketing, time management and organization. We teach you how to do it for yourself, we don't do it for you. Most important to our way of working with clients is that we really listen to where you're at, what you do, and what you're struggling with to then help you focus on and put to work your best assets and strengths. We find that most of our clients already have a good idea of what they need to do with their business and where they want to take it, they're just stuck with where to start and the enormousness of it all. We just help to put it all in a framework that feels less overwhelming and gets you where you need to and want to go.

Currently we meet with clients one-on-one for hour long sessions, where we talk through struggles, impart advice and resources, and give you homework to complete before your next meeting. We have a 3 phase process, the first focusing on branding and identity, the second focusing on marketing and social media, and the third focuses on building community. Throughout our meetings we also provide advice and exercises that help you keep balance between your work life and personal life.

Shelly also works with clients specifically on time management and organization over the phone in a program we call Creating Space. She holds you accountable to goals you set together and helps you through the stuck times in weekly 20 minute phone sessions. A bit cheerleader, therapist and nag all rolled into short digestible sessions.

We're also working on a series of e-courses that will allow you to work through our 3 phases at home for those of you who prefer to really do it yourself with minimal guidance. The e-courses are also a little easier on your budget. We're planning to start the first one in September with sign-ups announced in mid-August, so watch for that.

To get a taste for our style you could attend our Brand of You seminar at CCE on Sunday, August 7th. The Conference for Creative Entrepreneurs (CCE) runs the whole weekend right here in San Francisco at the Women's Building. Shelly and I are both so excited to be a part of this amazing weekend, just check out this line up.

Another way to get to know us a bit before you jump in is at one of the mixers we hold every few months. Our next one will be August 11th. This time around we're trying something new by having a question board. We will encourage all attendees to bring a question or two on branding and representation that we will write up on the board and allow the group to chime in with their thoughts and experience. Kind of like a forum in real life. The following day we'll post all the questions with their answers on our blog so you don't need to worry about missing a thing. Most of the night will be about meeting other creative people and just having a good time. We'll announce full details soon.

And finally we run a photography project called 200 Yards that will celebrating its first year and 5th show on August 4th at Cafe Royale. The quick concept is this: We pick an alternative gallery space, map a radius of 200 yards (about a block in each direction) with the venue as a center point and then put out a call to photographers to take photos within the radius. The photographers then submit their best shots and we curate a show that is held at center point of the radius. Our 4th show is currently on display at Dickerman Prints Photo Lab.

I encourage you to check out our website, ask questions, and best of all come see us at our mixer on August 11th.

I encourage comments directly to this post, but also feel free to email me directly with questions, reactions, struggles, etc.

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!

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