Marilen Crump works with Driven, Creative Women Entrepreneurs who want to create an innovative and sustainable business. Read more about Marilen and what she offers her clients.

How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become a business coach and mentor?

To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting “compelling story”, that brought me to where I am today – coaching creative people like you on exactly what to do to get the gigs or jobs they want and have the systems to build a predictable business and income. That defining moment in my life happened in 2011.

A few years earlier, I was married to the wrong person, raising two children and had put my passion on the shelf because that’s what everyone else expected of me.

Growing up, my family expected me to become a doctor. I was the typical driven student and was awarded a full scholarship. By the second year, I was burnt out and knew a career in medicine wasn’t for me. I was an artist inside and longed for adventure.

To my parent’s disappointment, I self designed my own major in Creative Arts. When I graduated, I made my living as an independent photographer, staged theater tours and was having a great time. But the loneliness and non-approval of my family started to weigh me down and erode my confidence.

My spirits were lifted for a nano-second when I met my now ex.But within a month of our marriage, I knew we shouldn’t have done it. At the same time, I learned I was pregnant. Five years and two children later, we both were miserable and ended the marriage – no child support, no alimony.

I moved back to my parent’s home with two toddlers, two cats and a dog. They still had the mindset that I was supposed to give up everything career-wise while I raised my children. I loved the idea of entrepreneurship, working for myself and being free, but I had to fight for my independence, ignore the negative talk that surrounded me and figure out how to free myself from everyone else’s opinions about what I should or shouldn’t do.

All I kept saying to myself was: “How did my life end up like this?! How did I end up at 30 years old, completely broke, becoming a single mom with no financial support, fighting the car repo man and giving up on my dream? How will I ever break free, learn to fight back and stand up for my life and what I want when no one believes in me, my artistry and I barely believe in myself anymore?!?”

I cleaned up my past and started teaching women creatives how they can do the same: I watched their confidence SKY-ROCKET as they build the structure and systems to make money with their creative arts business – whether it’s booking a gallery show or getting more television commercial gigs. I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to

helping other self-employed, sole practitioners in the creative arts breakthrough their inner blocks, put solid systems in place to make more money and have the FREEDOM to create the life and business they’ve always dreamed of.

Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken in front of countless groups: I lived my dream of traveling with my husband and five kids everywhere our heart’s desire and earning an income while I travel with my online business; and I have created several programs for Creative and Driven Entrepreneurs, that are all centered around my proven system of five important inner and outer business building steps every photographer, writer, business coach, artist, performer or other business minded woman needs to apply to get out of her own way, create a steady income stream and have the career and business they want on their own terms in record time.

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Who are your clients?

I work with people just like you who are in creative fields like:

  • Business Coaches
  • Professional Photographers
  • Multi-Level Marketing Leaders
  • Artists
  • Web Designers
  • Public Speakers
  • Authors
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Transformational Coaches
  • Fitness Trainers

My clients are smart, intelligent, and not afraid of action. I love seeing their confidence grow when transplanting their greatest skills and assets into the mode of organized business. They know that they can spend thousands of dollars on a business plan and never get results – instead they are investing in growing their own knowledge and wisdom to achieve new levels of success.

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My blessings to you! Here are my sincere hopes for you:

  • To wear your LIFE with pride.
  • To exercise your JOY.
  • To stretch your MIND.

Thank you for taking a moment to peruse some details about me. I have always been driven but not the most confident. In my youth, I fully utilized parts of my stubborn side to drive my passions forward. I have learned much since then but the ride is still just beginning. The journey continues to unfold. I am proud to share my interests and history with you!

Bachelors Degree (Self-Designed Major: Creative Arts Therapy)
Sweet Briar College
New York Institute of Photography: Film & Digital Photography
Acting Intensive Studies / TVI Studios Los Angeles, CA

I am always learning and in my “spare” time, I study many subjects and current issues. My goal is to help many people with as much wisdom as possible.

Personal Life Coach
Time Management & Efficiency
Sports Nutrition

I love these certifications! I have benefited immensely from the practices that I incorporated into my personal life. Let me teach you how to craft these important principles in creating your plan so that you can joyfully achieve your goals and dreams!

International Association of Coaching (IAC) North American Virtual Chapter
Inspiring Speakers Bureau
Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
Peninsula Women’s Network (PWN)
– Current President-Elect
Women Speakers Association (WSA)
Philippine-American Community of the Peninsula (PACP)
– Former Board Member

I love these organizations… the communities and resources they foster really help me achieve many of my goals – both personal and for my community.

::: Entrepreneur since 2000 – Owner of ArtInspired, LLC and VAPhotoClass.com
::: #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author
– Gifts of Grace and Gratitude

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::: Ballroom Dance Instructor since 2000 (Trained by Veronica Braun Nugent)
* Christopher Newport University Ballroom Instructor
* Ford’s Colony Ballroom Dance Club Instructor
* Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars Pro (since 2008)
::: Professional Photographer since 2000
* Official Graduation Photographer for J. Sargeant Reynolds College
* Clients include: WM Jordan, UBER EATS, Expedia, Farley Center/Williamsburg Place, Williamsburg Hospitality House, Magnolia House B&B, Regent University Communications Department, ABNB Federal Credit Union, Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia
* Award Winning and Published
::: Virginia Photography Classes (VAPhotoClass.com) Founder & Instructor
::: Professional Actress & Model – Credits include:/
* Walmart Commercial / CBN Christmas Campaign 2016 / Goodwill Commercial / Verisign / YDoUThink / Grand Furniture / New Dominion Pictures / Feature Films & Television Appearances (Upon Request)
* Miss Lynchburg – Cover Miss Pageant Winner
::: Public Speaker and Motivational Personality
* Panel Speaker at PROPEL Hampton Roads 2018
* Facilitator and Speaker at DREAM Retreat 2018
* Keynote Speaker at York Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon 2018
* Co-Host and Speaker at Peninsula Women’s Network: Women’s Power Summitt
* Spoke at 2018 Empower Me Too Event at Thomas Nelson Community College
* Spoke at 2017 NASA Women History Month Panel
* Spoke at 2016 Civitan International Convention
* Clients include Entrepreneurs, Artists, Individuals in Transition
::: Voice Talent
* Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) – Women Artists Exhibit (Voice of Jiha Moon)
* WUDZ – Saturday Morning Radio Personality
* Richmond Chorale Society
* Cantor & Soloist at Immaculate Conception Church (current)
::: Publisher
* “Set Yourself Free” by Dr. Lori Hobson
* “Beginning the Fitness Journey” by Brian Cade

This is my short-list of things that I have done and continue to bring about in my life. I am very blessed that in most of these accomplishments, there have been countless people who support me with their time, helping hand, advice, prayers, and goodwill. I am infinitely grateful for them and all the wonderful people I have experienced things with.

Some testimonials:

Testimonial Melissa Post
Testimonial Sarah Vander Heage
Testimonial Lori Hobson
Testimonial Keenan Woods
Testimonial Jackie Condict
Testimonial Heather Thomas
Testimonial Cynthia Ford

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