Lntrn is the mentoring and coaching practice of veteran Creative Director Rich McCoy. After over 20 years working in the corporate creative industries, Rich is focusing on helping creative folks make the best of their talents.
Based in Frome, Somerset, Rich works face to face with clients locally and throughout the English speaking world.
Working directly alongside you to overcome challenges including:
For those who might have been established a couple of years and want help with things such as:
Working with companies to nurture and optimise their creative teams, in areas including:
These are the kind words of fine folks I've had the pleasure of coaching.
I got to know Rich over a period of creative block, when I needed support to get back into my art of painting. He gave me useful techniques and approaches to get creating in a regular routine. Rich has an approach of gently, but firmly, pushing me into new areas and challenging my preconceptions. Most of all, Rich encouraged me to regularly create, and if I had a spell of inactivity I knew he would be firm in his advice to get making again. It has now been approx. 3 years since I met Rich, and I still hold to my routine and will still reach out to him if I need to discuss any creative hurdles or to simply get some feedback.
I grew a lot of respect and admiration for Rich's creativity and leadership when we worked together, which lead me to approaching him about a mentorship relationship. Happy to oblige, Rich gave plenty of invaluable advice which helped me grow personally and professionally. Most memorably, Rich gave the exact insight, encouragement and support that I didn’t know I needed to get out of a heavy creative rut. With patience, a little bit of brute force, and plenty of solid counsell, Rich mentored me into a healthy and productive creative space. Rich has all the experience and attitude it takes to be a great supportive and creative leader, and I really hope to work with him again soon.
For the past 6 months, I have had the pleasure of meeting with Rich as part of an ongoing mentoring relationship. Throughout our sessions, Rich has supported me to better understand and explore themes such as resilience, gaining alignment, designing my own time, improved communication and other soft skills that have enabled me to become a better professional.
Under the guidance Rich has provided, I have increased confidence in my own ability, my growth has been recognised by my senior management team and I feel better prepared for taking the next steps in my career. Reflecting on all of the personal development I have undertaken in my professional life to date, my time with Rich has been by far the most effective.
I have had the privilege of working with Rich as my mentor for over a year. In this year, Rich has been a pillar of support to help me carve myself towards the path of leadership and get closer to my goal of becoming a Senior Product Designer. I had the freedom of bringing any topic to the table, be it a stressed out day due to constant context switching or me taking a leap of trust in the arranged marriage system of India and marrying someone that my parents thought would be a good match for me.
Finally, I was recently promoted at work as a Senior Designer and I'm proud to say that this wouldn't have been possible in such a short time without Rich's backing.
I have struggled with the business side of my creative practice and haven't been able to make my creative work financially viable in the modern world. Rich was able to identify the block and work with me to tease out a solution to overcome the aspects that have been holding me back. His approach was practical and grounded whilst allowing for my individual needs and creative flair.
Healer, Poet, & Artist
In my experience, those who most need coaching and mentoring are often the least able to afford it. I've been working with, and will continue to work with, a few clients pro-bono. I would love to be enabled to work more with those establishing their careers, but my capacity to do this unpaid is limited. If you would like to sponsor a creative or group of creatives to receive coaching or mentoring, please get in touch and we can work something out.
I've been working in the creative industries since graduating from a degree in Sculpture in 1993. Worked in galleries, theatres, digital and advertising agencies, fashion retail companies and .com’s. Designed for a huge range of international companies including Disney, Penguin, MTV, Channel 4 and Liberty Human Rights.
Alongside my digital practice, I’ve exhibited my art both in the UK and New Zealand and sell through a network of online distributors.
As well as making my art, working as a freelance creative director and UX & UI designer, I also make things out of reclaimed wood, cook and cater vegan, and am a keen practicer of archery.