About Marilen

Marilen Crump is the creator of the D.R.E.A.M. Success Strategy™ and Empowers PHENOMENAL FEMALE Coaches, Business Leaders, and Creative Entrepreneurs who want to create a 6-Figure Business Plan that’s based on Authenticity and Innovation.


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

We all have a journey that we have led in order to get us to where we are today. I have had my share of ups and heartbreaking downs. I had to reclaim the direction that my life was going and now I am blessed to be serving female entrepreneurs like you through my programs to help you achieve highly profitable milestones in your business.

You see, I LOVE being my own BOSS. I really can’t imagine a life where I had to work in a job where I wasn’t able to come and go as I please and achieve whatever I aim for. Ever since I was young, I have explored the world of Entrepreneurship. I started my official brand in college where I graduated with a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Arts in the year 2000. Since then, I vowed to NEVER have a boss other than myself.

That’s a pretty bold claim and the journey was not easy. I was told plenty of time by friends and family that I needed to get a job with benefits and that being self-employed was too risky and will eventually fail. I tried my hardest to keep on my path and eventually settled down with a husband who I thought understood my passions.

This is where the world turned upside down for me. The man I married began to show his true colors and our life together turned into my biggest downfall. You see – I’m a LOYAL person and I thought that I needed to be what he wanted in order to make the marriage work. He hated that I didn’t have a traditional job. He did everything to dissuade me from doing the things that made me feel whole. We had two children together and I felt TRAPPED.

The relationship left me broken and isolated. He eventually owned up to the fact that he wanted a divorce. I was left with nothing and I let him have his way – no child support, no alimony, NOTHING. I had to move back to my parent’s home with my two toddlers, two cats and a dog.

My parents were ashamed of me. They frowned on my failed marriage and failure to produce a profit during that timeframe. I mean how could I??? I was a MESS and they were just as quick to blame me for living in a daydream. I had no support and no one wanted to ‘encourage’ my bad habit for wanting to resume my freelance lifestyle.

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 had to get over my shortcomings and get back to the direction I started. It was 2008 and I had to regain my confidence. Little by little, I picked up the pieces and opportunities started to shift back into my life. I had faith again and this time I was clear about who I needed to be. I even met the LOVE of my life, my wonderful best friend and husband, Kenneth Crump.

The journey to healing and the path back to success suddenly opened up excitement and freedom. I decided to focus on having a positive mindset and reignite my dreams and passions once again. I used my energy to learn what other inspirational entrepreneurs knew – how they created value and in turn obtain wealth. I learned how strategies prepared you for the challenges.

I began an apprenticeship program for creative entrepreneurs and instructed people in professional photography (https://artinspired.smugmug.com), we opened up a brick-and-mortar location in the heart of our community, and I began a professional speaking career to motivate other passionate business owners to keep striving for their goals.

Fast forward to today, my focus has been to serve others who find themselves at a transition. I have made a commitment to pay-it-forward and especially serve female entrepreneurs on how to achieve success so that they are not reliant on anyone else’s approval. Success that they can create despite the nay-sayers and discover the strategies to create profit-driven transactions.

I have the honor to watch my clients thrive and their confidence SKY-ROCKET! I am there to help them break through 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.

I am thankful for my own road to success. I am living the best life where I regularly travel with my husband and five kids whenever we have the desire and earning an income with my online business. I am grateful that I have had the time to create 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 coach, photographer, author, motivational speaker, artist, performer, and others who needs heal from her past, 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.


Who are your clients?

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

  • Coaches
  • Authors
  • Performers
  • Designers
  • Photographers
  • Course Creators
  • Speakers
  • Artists
  • and More!

As a creative you are normally going against the grain of society. You realize that the path is ultimately your own. There is no one-size, fits all business plan or chart that will lead you easily towards success. As my client, you will know what others neglect and gain clarity on how you can attract the right customers, how to set your pricing for profit, and have consistent income from your business. Taking action is one thing, but knowing what action to take is what will keep you thriving and happy. My goal is to instruct you, support you, and empower you!


What makes you different from other Business Strategists?

Although we will occasionally touch upon time management and other “business coach-y” things, you have me as a confidence and cash flow expert and consultant. I work on the inner and outer principals for success and look at your business and your sales results from an experienced and intuitive perspective. What that means to you is that you get a level-headed-innovative-vision-driven-outcome-producing authentic sales and marketing coach. I’m also very into positive affirmations and I don’t pretend to hide it either. I thrive on efficiency and will always work on making sure you stay on track.

I’m concerned with how to accelerate your success and how I can help you with business and financial breakthroughs. You may feel inexperienced and you may lack confidence – but you can be sure I will always meet you where you are and give you that extra push. The truth about what you need to implement right away and how to get rid of your hang-ups! I explore new tools and implement everything that I advise you to do. So you know I’m not just leading you from theory – I’m leading by example and experience.

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?

The Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator and ARTINSPIRED workshops, products and programs were created for people who are absolutely excited and dead serious about entrepreneurship and gaining financial freedom from their business. This means not running around all day long, beating yourself up anymore saying: “No one will buy what I have to offer” They were created for you to put systems in place within a few months (sometimes weeks!), which will eventually lead you to having more time to enjoy with your family and reap the benefits of a consistently profitable business.

Being a creative entrepreneur myself, I’m known to work best with other creative entrepreneurs, people who are committed to their passions no matter what – who are super-ready to get going and just want to know exactly what steps to take to become a successful and PHENOMENAL business leader. My clients often tell me – “just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!” Consider what you’ll do with me to be a high-octane crash course on everything you need to know to have a profitable business. You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No excuses anymore, just a very different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting goal: A 6-Figure Business from your Authentic Passion and Skills

For what type of professionals are your programs NOT going to work?

Please know I’m very selective in who I work with and I cherry-pick my clients, choosing to (gently) turn away people who aren’t suited for my programs and won’t get the results for which they would have signed up for. (It wouldn’t be fair to them.) The Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator program is NOT for those who have no money coming in and are absolutely, financially desperate, at least not right away. It’s been my experience that people in financial crisis do not trust the recommendations I give them and do not do the work (probably because they spend so much time worrying about where they are going to get next month’s rent check or mortgage payment.) If you fall within this category, it’s absolutely OK. We’ve all been in times of financial crisis at one point or another. Do yourself (3) favors:

  1. Get some money coming in with a full-time or part-time job at the very least, and then call me. This will take the edge off and provide a little more peace of mind. Mostly, it will de-clutter your mind enough to focus on your Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator assignments and the BIG picture. Once you start seeing the clients come in regularly as a result of our work, you can then start reducing the hours you work at that other job and focus on your own practice.
  2. Join our FREE Facebook Group Empowered to Live Your Dream with Marilen Crump I post lessons and other free information will get you started towards your goals until you’re ready to work with me in the Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator. You can also check out other programs geared for Start-Ups that have a minimal investment. Click here to check them out:
  3. Make a point to read the “EMPOWERED YOU” weekly tip in my e-zine. The tips are sent over weekly and will give you LOTS to think about. SIGN UP HERE to receive them in your inbox.

Doing these three things will really help you get primed for our work. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started. (I’m in no rush and will be here when you need me.) Other types of personalities I won’t work with (without exception) are the whiner or the chronic skeptic, as well as individuals who consistently make excuses for not getting their assignments done or challenging every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money. Is that fair?

What exactly is Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator™ mastermind and what does it include?

Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator begins with understanding your authentic purpose (IKIGAI), how to turn your passion into a career, and how to build your business with clear milestones, innovative marketing strategies, and build your income streams to 6-Figures. Here’s what the mastermind gets you to do:

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