Mentorship: How may I support your journey?

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Busking on the streets of London

On this crazy adventure called life, I have had a pretty DIY approach to the whole thing.

No degree, half a photography course, busking, worked in bars, smoothie maker and learned lots of -seemingly- random things through trial and error…which has meant many painful mistakes and depressed stints hiding in bed.

Somehow I finally committed to my dream of being a modern troubadour, began living a nomadic life and dedicated myself to sharing my heart songs with all who choose to hear.

Most recently, I have gathered a wonderfully supportive global tribe of -at the time of writing- 130 patrons known as The Nateives, who support me every month by pledging tiny (or large) amounts of money so I can keep making art.

I am one of the top twenty supported artists on Patreon
I am currently one of the top twenty supported musicians on Patreon

Giving Back:

I feel I can now offer value to those of you who are journeying to become truly yourselves, committed to living your passions and wanting to offer something of value to the world.

Last year I was invited by Tommy Darker to speak at Darker Music Talks in London (thanks Tommy, I love ya man). The response was so positive that it inspired me to keep educating, sharing with and learning from passionate people!

Speaking in 2014 at Darker Music Talks in London, about growing my tribe
Speaking at Darker Music Talks, about growing my tribe.

Mentoring:

I am aware that I have limited time in my days, as I am still a professional indie musician…so I’ve been imagining ways I can offer support while not overwhelming myself.

The solution I have come up with for now is that anyone signed up as a Nomad Nateive or up ($25+) will have access to skype me for 30 minutes, twice a month, and I will make myself available, within reason, via email on a one-to-one basis (this is limited to twenty people, and only nine spots are left).

To become a mentoree (is that even a word?), sign up on patreon and let me know in a message that you want me to mentor you.

With all the love, yours in service
Your troubadour
Nate

PS: you can sign up as a patron even if you just want to support my art and don’t need mentoring, check it out: http://patreon.com/natemaingard

  • Awesome post Nate! 🙂 Thanks for being so transparent, while sharing precious knowledge. Hope you are good. 🙂 ♥

    • Thank you, I’m doing well…you know, ups and downs, but overall maintaining my equilibrium :D. I hope that what I have learned can assist others on their own journeys. I’m sure I’ll learn LOADS from it too 🙂

      • I can only speak for myself but can tell that you’ve already helped me tremendously! =D It’s a precious gift to get to catch a glimpse of what a person goes trough on his artistic journey. Very inspiring, mistah. Hehehe. Hugs. <3

  • Crystal Caralagh

    I think its a brilliant idea. Ive always wanted to pick your brains about building your music community online as its “brand building” in action. (Too much of marketeer at heart) and I think its wonderful if more musicians can learn to live by their art. As music is food for the soul.

    I’m so forcing my friend to sign up for this!

    • That’s great to hear Crystal! It totally is ‘brand building’, but that’s a very dry term for what I think of more as ‘community growing’ :D. I AGREE ABOUT MUSICIANS! With me, I specifically want to see more socially responsible artists being supported by their communities. We empower ourselves and change the world :).

      Tell your friend I won’t bite 😉

  • micqu

    Hi Nate…
    I think it’s a very nice idea. I am quite interested in your journey (and how you became the man that you are today) and I like that you are offering your help and guidance. I think though that it is a process that comes with mutual trust and that maybe it doesn’t need the label of Mentorship. (At least not on one on one emails). It sounds too much like a buisness transaction (in my opinion). For the rest, I think that the public speaking bit might be a very good idea to reach a group of people and share your experiences.

    As always, thank you for sharing. (Sorry about my rambling) xx

    • Hi Micqu (I use the name you use, I obvs know what your real one is, heh)

      I’ve never thought of mentoring as being a business thing. We all need mentors in life, and I have had mentors in music, business, art, love and more. Here’s a direct definition from wikipedia: Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

      That about sums it up for me :D.

      Always lovely to hear from you, you’re totally awesome!
      Hugs
      Nate

      • micqu

        Oh it never came across as being a business thing, it just personally felt that way for me. That definition you use could be that of friendship too, that’s why I wrote that it comes with mutual trust. I’d rather take advice from a friend I know and cherish, and where this sort of conversation comes naturally, than interact with a stranger, no matter how experienced he is. Again, it’s a personal preference and maybe it’s a character trait too.

        In any way, I think it’s a great idea to share and help other people.

        Thanks for the reply and hugs back 🙂

        Cathy

        • I understand what you’re saying. It’s definitely a difference in views there. I don’t need to be friends with someone to have them as my mentor or mentee. Many people who aren’t my friends can teach me loads, especially when I respect the successes they’ve had which I am aiming for :D.

          We’re being pedantic, we’re talking about the same thing 😉

          • micqu

            we are 😉
            let’s agree to not agree on this one then… or you could prove me wrong sometime 🙂

            I wish you a lovely day Nate
            (I hope I didn’t put a damper on it, that wasn’t my intention at all)

          • No damper, not in the slightest. I love differing opinions, otherwise life’d be darn boring! 🙂

  • Yessssh! Finally you started it.

    I’m sure you have tremendous value to offer to anyone who seeks enlightenment – or simply cool ideas on how to build up a passionate life full of love.

    It is our honour that you were a speaker at Darker Music Talks and still an active member of the community of the Musicpreneurs.

    You are born for GRAND things, Naty.

    // Tommy

    • Thanks Tommy, for the inspiration and everything! It was seeing the Darker Music Talks videos that finally did it :D. I wanna keep sharing!

      Wishing you all the beauty in the world.

  • Sounds good. You’ve got to try it and refine it.

  • Elena Petriconi

    Just when I thought you couldn’t get more awesome! This is such a wonderful idea:D
    You’ll make an excellent mentor; you’ve given great advice to me in the past. You have a charming personality which makes it easy for people to open up to you.
    The fact that you’ll be advising based on your own life experience is far more valuable than any degree could ever teach, plus it creates a more friendly basis for discussion.

    Perhaps in educating and helping others through difficulties etc, it’ll inspire new songs. You could even translate some of your advice into songs.

    I don’t think I’ve ever come across a musician who offers support to their fans on such a profound level. Especially one-to-one! You’re a real diamond in the rough!!!

    I wish you all the best in your new endeavour.
    Love and hugs:)


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