Career Advice

Our Career Advice services—NYFA Coaching, Doctor’s Hours, and Work Sample Reviews—offer organizations, artists, creatives, students, and arts administrators online opportunities to receive practical and actionable career advice from industry professionals and specialized NYFA staff.

Our roster of experts can assist with cover letter, resume, and art statement reviews and speak to you on topics related to finding a job in the arts, proposal writing, fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning.


NYFA Coaching

Seeking individualized career advice?

NYFA Coaching offers individualized, dedicated one-on-one attention for creatives of all disciplines. 

Whether you are looking for advice on a specific topic or someone to help talk you through your career goals, our industry experts are here for you year round. 

Coaching session topics can include art career planning; resume, cover letter, and portfolio reviews; fundraising/grant writing tips; marketing advice; and leadership development. 

Below, we invite you to book an appointment with NYFA affiliated professionals.

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How It Works

  • Session prices range from $40-$80.
  • You can select a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 40-minute session depending on your needs.
  • If you’d like to work through a topic with your coach over time, recurring sessions are welcome!

About Our Coaches

Madeleine Cutrona – Director, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship

As the Director of NYFA’s Fiscal Sponsorship department, as well as an artist and arts educator, Madeleine helps artists fundraise for their projects, connect with audiences, and manage projects to execute their creative visions.

Madeleine can offer insights on:

  • Fundraising Strategy
  • Grant Writing
  • Project Management
  • Project Budget Review
Alicia Ehni – Artist and Program Officer, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship

At NYFA, Alicia works closely with Fiscally Sponsored projects and has facilitated numerous professional development programs that empower artists and cultural workers. Born in Lima, Peru, in her previous role, she directed an art gallery highlighting the work of artists from Latin America and Spain in NYC. 

Alicia can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Building Gallery Relationships
  • Finding Exhibition Spaces
  • Accessing Local and International Opportunities
  • Visual Arts Portfolios
  • Residency or Fellowship Applications
  • Grant Proposals
Chelsea Goding-DotySenior Program Officer, Leadership Initiatives, NYFA Learning

Chelsea is a Co-Active Coach, arts administrator and producer who works with women and nonprofit leaders, communities of color, and purpose-driven teams. She brings 15 years of arts leadership to her role at NYFA where she manages leadership programs for cultural workers.

Chelsea can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Leadership Development
  • Finding Purpose
  • Navigating Challenges
  • Goal Setting
  • Implementing Vision
Molaundo JonesSenior Director of Communications and Partnerships, Art21

Molaundo has 20 years of experience in communications, including overseeing Art21’s marketing initiatives and founding his own firm, The Clever Agency.

Molaundo can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Website Development
  • Email Marketing
  • Content Creation
  • Paid Advertising
Brett Fletcher Lauer Deputy Director, Poetry Society of America and Poetry Editor, A Public Space

Brett is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America, where he runs the annual awards and chapbook fellowship programs, as well as the poetry editor of A Public Space. He has over 20 years of experience in the literary non-profit field and as an editor.

Brett can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Publishing
  • Agent Queries
  • Written Statements
  • Residency and Fellowship Applications
  • Literary Work Sample Reviews
Michelle Levy – Artist, Arts Organizer, Curator, and Writer

Michelle Levy is an interdisciplinary artist with two decades of experience producing exhibitions and artist-centered programs for NYC arts institutions. As a NYFA Coach, Levy advises artists of all disciplines on how to write about and present their work.

Michelle can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Artist Statements
  • Project Statements/ Proposals
  • Presenting Artwork
  • Cultivating Opportunities
Kelly OlshanArtist and Program Officer, Career Advice and Training, NYFA Learning

As a visual artist and arts administrator, Kelly manages a host of NYFA professional development programs that empower artists and creatives to realize their goals. As a coach, Kelly specializes in helping individual artists and creatives develop actionable steps towards achieving their dream careers.

Kelly can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Career Planning
  • Art Business Strategy
  • Project Proposals
  • Cover Letters
  • Artist Statements
Alyson Pou – Artist & Founder, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program

For 30 years, Alyson has helped artists and arts professionals clarify and carry out their professional goals. She understands the depth of commitment it takes to be an artist, the challenges we face, and the isolation we feel.

Alyson can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Career Planning
  • Art Business Strategy
  • Artist Statements
  • Project Proposals
  • Grant Applications
Mark Rossier – Fundraiser, Grantmaker, and Senior Arts Manager

Mark brings 25 years of experience as a senior executive at NYC arts organizations, including NYFA, Elevator Repair Service Theater, and Alliance of Resident Theatres NY. 

Mark can offer strategies and insights on:

  • Resume/Cover Letter
  • Job Search
  • Fundraising Strategies
  • Organizational Structure
  • Corporate, Institutional, and Individual Giving
  • Board Development
Matthew SeigMedia Specialist, Fiscal Sponsorship

Matthew is a Grammy and Academy Award-nominated producer or director of over 12 films, both documentary and narrative. He has programmed art houses and festivals, and serves as the Executive Director of the Rivertown Film Society in Nyack, NY, and represents the copyrights for the work of producer/director Robert Altman. 

Matthew can offer strategies and insights to filmmakers on:

  • Film Exhibition
  • Project Development
  • Film Festivals
  • Project Proposals 
  • Marketing Distribution

Cancellation Policy

NYFA Coaching and Consulting has a 72 hour cancellation policy. We are not able to issue a refund if you cancel or reschedule your appointment less than 72 hours in advance of your session. As we understand things may come up that are out of your control, please email [email protected] to request an exception.

1-on-1 Consultations for Immigrant Artists

Are you an immigrant artist? For a limited time, book a FREE online session with an arts professional through our 1-on-1 Consultations for Immigrant Artists program, presented by the Immigrant Artist Resource Center thanks to the generous support of the Tremaine Foundation.

¿Eres un artista inmigrante? Por tiempo limitado, reserve una sesión en línea GRATUITA con un profesional de las artes a través de nuestro programa de Consultas individuales para artistas inmigrantes, presentado por el Centro de recursos para artistas inmigrantes gracias al generoso apoyo de la Fundación Tremaine.

一對一移民藝術家職涯諮詢你是移民藝術家嗎?移民藝術家資源中心(Immigrant Artist Resource Center)限時推出免費線上移民藝術家一對一諮詢服務,有興趣的朋友請趕快預約報名。我們感謝翠冕基金會(Tremaine Foundation) 的慷慨支持。

Doctor’s Hours

Want feedback from more than one arts professional?

This program offers 25-minute, one-on-one sessions with up to three arts professionals. Each session is $35.

How It Works

  • Our consultants are both established in their field and invested in serving artists through the Doctor’s Hours program.
  • Sessions are conducted every quarter.
  • We introduce our consultants a month prior to the event and the registration link goes live at least three weeks in advance.
  • Select the consultant that is the best fit for you and your professional needs.
  • Sessions tend to get booked quickly, so be sure to register once the registration link is live.
  • Bring specific questions and goals to your session/s in order to make the most of your time. For more advice, please visit our Professional Development FAQ page.

Stay tuned for updates on upcoming Doctor’s Hours programs.

If you have questions about this program, contact [email protected].

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Work Sample Reviews

  • Conducted with the guidance and expertise of industry arts professionals and NYFA staff.
  • Provides participants an in-person and behind-the-scenes experience of an artistic review panel.
  • Participants receive individualized feedback regarding their application presentation and are offered the unique opportunity to ask panelists questions.
  • The program is aligned with NYFA’s Fellowship application guidelines to give critical and constructive feedback on each participant’s submissions.

Please contact [email protected] for pricing and availability.

Doctor’s Hours

  • One-on-one consultations that can be designed to suit your constituent’s needs based on their discipline and career trajectory.
  • Access to our roster of experienced arts and industry professionals.

Image: LoVid (Fellows in Digital/Electronic Arts ’17), InterPlayce, 2016, Image Credit: Nick Scavo for Issue Project Room