PEOPLE — Leslie Nolan works with creative entrepreneurs who has lost their mojo and inspirational vision. She helps them reclaim their power so they can find the courage to create their great work.
Most careers are explicit in their duties. Accountant, for example, handle your finances and taxes. Architects design your home and optometrists work with your eyes. Even advertisers and graphic designers, who rely on their creativity and imagination, have specific skills and requirements.
But spend a few minutes with Leslie Nolan and you’ll realize graphic design and advertising are only a linear piece of her work. Ms. Nolan, president of Leslie Nolan Design, spent much of her life in the field of graphic design and marketing only to now, in this “last third of my life,” has positioned herself as more than just a designer, but also a mentor and artist.
Ms. Nolan uses her knowledge from years of graphic design and love of art to help others re-discover their lost talents through one-on-one mentorships.
A History of the Arts
Painting through high school with an interest in drama, singing, and playing piano, Ms. Nolan has had a love for the arts for as long as she can remember.
“My mom says [I first showed these] interests when I was like four or five.” But it was at Pratt Institute where she dual majored in graphic design and advertising. From there, she held internships with NBC and insurance companies, but realized these lifestyles wouldn’t make her happy. She realized she could work at an insurance agency full time, freelance at an advertising firm, and work for a publisher on the side, which is exactly what she did while living in New York City.
“I was very good at that because that’s how I was in high school. I’m very good at multiple projects- doing multiple things. I think I just went to areas that just interested me.”
Growing up in North Jersey, Ms. Nolan lived in the city for 10 years before moving to the Jersey Shore in 1990. In advertising, some might be familiar with her local work, designing Spring Lake’s 100th anniversary logo and work with Allenwood Car Care. But her biggest project was the work she did for the Federal Reserve of New York, which talked about how the reserve kept the country from going bankrupt after 9/11. “That’s big for a sole proprietor.”
Today, she still works in the field of graphic design and advertising, but her heart is so clearly in the mentorship program she spearheads.
Tapping into other’s Potential
“I work with creative entrepreneurs, specifically, who have lost their mojo and inspirational vision. And I help them reclaim their power so they can find the courage to find their great work,” she explained.
Ms. Nolan explains that it’s a very particular process- one that takes “a little time” and certainly an open mind.
“I think its an amalgamation of things I’ve done over the course of my lifetime because I am a creative entrepreneur,” she said. “When you’re a creative person, you’re always creative. You’re always drawn to things that inspire you. And sometimes you’re stuck. And when you’re stuck for longer than you anticipate, you can lose your inspiration. [The mentorship] is a way of painting where you go internally. You use writing and painting and you access the information using your own brain power. You work with consciousness to be re-inspired.”
If this all sounds like a spiritual journey, Ms. Nolan believes otherwise.
“It doesn’t have to be because it’s your own mind and your mind power. I work with people who are across the board. Buddhists, Atheists, Greek Orthodox. It’s based on the person. But [the mentorship] is a very deep, deep process.”
In other words, Ms. Nolan works with individuals who have lost their creative will and empowers them to reclaim that will “so they can find the courage to create their Great Work.”
The mentorship, typically, can last as long as three months and “after they’ve done their mentorship, part of my package is to offer them this art show.” She hosts an art show for her clients to show off their work to the public.
“It’s usually so in-depth for them that they usually want to share it now.”
Ms. Nolan, throughout her lifetime, has been found interest in many different fields that have led her to this program.
“I’m very interested in symbolism and anthropology. And now, my current trend at this stage of my life- I’m very interested in science and quantum physics because it’s that a place we’re all connected.”
Having spoken at an International Consciousness Talk, hosted by Princeton, trained as an artist by Pratt, working in graphic design and advertising, with interests and knowledge in science and quantum physics, anthropology, symbolism, art, math, and psychology, anyone looking for a way to tap back in to their creative spirit can find solace in Ms. Nolan’s skill set.
“Imagine how much your life has changed in the last ten years. Then imagine how much your life is going to change in the next ten years. Sometimes you get stuck in a thing and you know you’ve outgrown it. And sometimes, you know you want to be doing something else. You’re always going through some kind of transition in life. And whenever I get stuck, that’s always been the vehicle for me to get through it. To paint or to express myself. It’s the visual art that’s always been there for me.”
Leslie Nolan works with creative entrepreneurs who have lost their mojo and inspirational vision. I help them reclaim their power so they can find the courage to create their great work.
She is also available to talk to groups of 25 plus on creativity and inspiration for free.
If you would like to sign up for Ms. Nolan’s mailing list or are interested in her mentorship, you can contact her at (732) 280-7989 or via email at email@example.com