about carrie

As a child, I was fascinated by what motivated people to do big, amazing things.

I have always asked big questions, like…

  • How does one justify taking a huge creative risk?
  • What gives some people permission to take up lots of space?
  • How do big projects happen?
  • How much confidence does one need to have a career in the Arts?
  • How do you generate that confidence if you’re not born with it?
  • And what separates really successful artists from merely talented ones?

I was lucky to pursue these questions at two great art schools.

I wasn’t taught how to nurture, maintain, and sustain my creativity!

I was prepared to work hard. I was taught to be professional, and, later in grad school, I became an ardent researcher and conductor of experiments.

But for years after that, I felt there was something missing in my practice, something hidden and hard to access.

After many years of teaching art in universities around the country, I saw my students experiencing a similar “lack,” accompanied by a parade of fears: fear of exposure, fear of large-scale, fear of failure, fear of red!

After hundreds of intimate conversations with many brave and beautiful souls, I  came to realize it was all about confidence, and self-authorization.

What it really takes to use your gifts to the fullest extent is total permission to be yourself!

We must give ourselves permission to listen to our instincts and our intuition as if they are the most famous of visiting artists, sitting right next to us and whispering brilliant ideas into our ears.

My passion for helping creative people authorize themselves to BE themselves led me to coaching. Today, I love my life as a coach, artist, writer, speaker, and mother. But it wasn’t always this way…

I used to hold a lot of negative beliefs about myself that kept me trapped in jobs where I was overworked and underpaid.

Though I hid the feeling that I was capable of so much more, it wasn’t until I went through some major life crises, and got support to reframe them, that I was able to see how it was possible to change my perceptions about my life.

Life has thrown me curve balls that shocked me right out of complacency. Life can change in an instant. And in that instant, with the right tools, you can focus on the positive potential futures at your doorstep rather than the upset at hand.

You can think of this like standing on the edge of a cliff, rather than looking down to the jagged rocks below, you’ll start looking for the bridges, the handholds, and ways to keep going.

Like the saying, “Jump and the net will appear.”

True creativity is about being able to see how many options we have at all times, and knowing that has helped me move out of dead-end jobs into a career I adore.

This is why I’ve made it my newest creative endeavor to show others how to do the same.

At this end of a 25-year career in the Arts, I know all facets of this business, as well as the internal and external struggles unique to creative professionals. I love helping my clients unearth the long-standing beliefs that have been holding them back (sometimes for many years) and help them retool in order to build a new paradigm from which to be a totally self-loving, fully authorized, creative BADASS. When you are called to creative work, there’s no time to waste!

Carrie Seid

Carrie Seid is a nationally recognized artist who exhibits her work in galleries all over the United States. Carrie received her B.F.A. from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1984, then went on to receive her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she was a Merit Scholar. Carrie has taught at numerous universities around the United States, including The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, State University of New York at Buffalo, Niagara County Community College, Daemen College, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Her extensive teaching career spawned “Creative Catalyst Training,” her own program designed to help artists remove creative blocks and reach their highest goals. Carrie leads live workshops, conducts corporate trainings, and individual consultations with artists and other creative professionals. Winner of the Purchase Award in 2003, Carrie’s work is part of the permanent collection of The Tucson Museum of Art where she also had a solo exhibition. In 2006, she was featured on “Arizona Illustrated” on KUAT television, and has also been interviewed for radio and podcasts.Carrie also designed several products for TAG, Inc., and Modulus, Inc., in Chicago, as well as Terragrafics, Inc., in San Francisco. She has been awarded numerous public art commissions in Arizona, including the reception area of the Udall Senior Center, five distinct projects at the Northwest Medical Center in Oro Valley, a glass walkway in the courtyard of the Flowing Wells Community Center, and a giant steel orange slice on Orange Grove Road in Tucson, along with two orange slice benches.

Recent Lectures and Speaking Engagements

Creative Mornings, “Reality,” Phoenix, Arizona (2016)
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, “Friends of Fiber Art International,” Tucson, Arizona (2016)
TENWEST Festival, “The Pitfalls of Identity in Creative Work,” Tucson, Arizona (2016)

Professional Experience

Creative Catalyst Workshop Leader, “Unstuck,” Tucson, Arizona (2017)

Public Art Commissions

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, Eaton Fine Arts, Phoenix, AZ (2016)

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

Solo Exhibition, Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2017)
Mountain Shadows Resort, Group Show, Paradise Valley, AZ (2017)
Solo Exhibition, “Bending Light,” Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2016)
Solo Exhibition, William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA (2014)
Solo Exhibition, “Luminosities,” Davis Dominguez Gallery, Tucson, AZ (2014)
Solo Exhibition, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2014)
Solo Exhibition, Arden Gallery, Boston, MA (2014)
AQUA at Miami Basel, represented by William Baczek, Northampton, MA (2014)

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