About Me

Hi there. My name is Faith Helma, and I’m a creative guide and coach.

Basically I’m a theater artist schooled in the art of empathy and world building, only I have decided to turn my powers towards awakening the creative urge in all human beings, or at least some of them.

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A lot of people ask if I work with “creative people.” Here’s what I believe: we are all creative people. I don’t believe creativity should be boxed up and confined to a small group of people. Creativity is a way of processing the world that we all possess, regardless of how talented or smart or open-minded we are (or aren’t), and regardless of whether we’re “making a living” at it or not.

That doesn’t mean I work with everyone. I work with people who want to get in touch with their creative spark. Who loved to draw or dance or sing or make blanket forts as a kid. Who love sci-fi and fantasy and getting lost in a good book, and who get the idea that imagining new worlds is a powerful tool.

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One of my favorite tools: draw a 2-minute self portrait

Sometimes I work with people who are indeed professional artists, because sometimes the fastest way to disconnect from your own creative life force is to try and make a living from it. I know this myself the hard way — I lived and breathed theatre for over fifteen years. It was the sun around which my life revolved, and this blinded me to the obvious truth that my life was hugely, comically out of balance.

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I fell into, into a burning ring of fire

For me, the cataclysmic event that righted this imbalance was giving birth to my son 3.5 years ago. There was the shock of giving birth and then the slow, tidal sea change. If you had told me five years ago that I’d be working today as a coach and creative guide, I would have told you that wasn’t possible. But it was, and it is, and here I am.

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So whether you’re in the middle of a huge life change, or you are stuck in a rut and don’t think change is possible: I have been there, and I can help.

Want to talk to me about it? I would love to. Let’s set up a time.

 

Helma, in her light electric blue sateen jumpsuit, makes solemn transitions from curious, to lost, quixotic, despairing, raging, tender, intellectual; all framed by the important idea that the quest, no matter how small or unknown, is at the heart of the living experience.” – Christa Morletti McIntyre, Oregon Arts Watch

If you want to know more, here are some posts about my journey:

My Year of Sea Change

On not praising, not giving advice, and drawing your feelings

How to fail, part 1

How to fail, part 2

My Grand Experiment

What would my alter ego do?

SXSW recap

Oh yeah, and I talk a lot about failure: