Nelly Odessa is a Business Success Coach for Learning Junkies. Learning Junkies are entrepreneurs who love to learn and take new courses, but when it comes to implementing or taking action, it becomes more challenging.vNelly’s signature coaching program “Finish What You Start” helps her clients take action, stay focused, and achieve real tangible results.

Nelly is an artist at heart and has worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years as a professional actress, theater director, film producer, and acting teacher. She has also worked as a fashion model, published several books, and makes collages (just for fun).

Carrie: Welcome to Artist Strong! Please describe your work to readers.

I’m a Business Success Coach. I currently work with clients one-on-one virtually and offer accountability, support, and guide them through a strategic process to goal achievement.

Carrie: What motivated your desire to create has been my website for many many years. Initially it was my acting website that featured my head-shots, resume, acting clips, and such. When I retired from acting and starting my current coaching practice I decided to use my name for my brand.

Creative Spirit Nelly OdessaCarrie: What is one thing you really want people/creatives to take away from your blog?

Most people claim that their biggest obstacle is lack of clarity. I want everyone to remember that ACTION LEADS TO CLARITY. It’s not the other way around. You need to be willing to try things out, take action before you are 100% ready or totally clear, and through this process you will get the clarity that you seek. Working with a coach can help facilitate that process, of course. But ultimately, you must still be willing to try things out and take action.

Carrie: Where do you get ideas for content?

I get them from my clients and my tribe.

I love working with clients one-on-one because from an hour of coaching – I will get ideas for 10 different blog posts, webinars, or courses.

I also run an active Facebook group so I see which questions are being asked as well as which myths are being taken as truths – and I create content to address them.

Carrie: What has been something that has surprised you about your work?

How strong my intuition is.

Creative Spirit Nelly Odessa

Creative Spirit Nelly Odessa

Carrie: How do you describe your creative process? What steps do you take to move from idea to product with a project?

I select one project or one specific idea I will focus on. And I take the first step. Then I take the second step. Then I take the third step. Very simple.

I do not always know what my third step will be when I start – but I can always take the first step. And so I do. This gets my project started and always leads to clarity on what the next move should be.

Carrie: How do you know when a project is finished?

“A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places” – Paul Gardner.

I remind myself that a project is never finished, it simply stops in interesting places.

Carrie: One of your posts is about the value of morning rituals. As someone cultivating a morning ritual myself, what do you find important about creating a morning ritual as a creative? What are its benefits?

I think morning rituals or daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly routines in general are very important to optimal creative flow and to keep you focused on what is most important.

It is so easy to get distracted, or to waste time with e-mails, or to feel negative because first thing in the morning you went on Facebook and read an article about some injustice happening in the world because that’s what came up on your timeline.

I want to be in control of how I start my day. And the way I do it is by strategically deciding and planning specific actions I can take that will help me feel focused, positive, inspired, and confident. That is why I have a morning routine (you can read about it here).

It’s important to just try some things out and see what works for you. Don’t try to do yoga if you hate yoga, just because that is what I am doing. Do what works for you. And the way to know is just to try it and see how you feel afterwards.

Carrie: What projects are you working on right now?

I LOVE this question, because I love to talk about my goals and projects. At this very moment in time I am creating content for new webinars.

I am also working with clients one on one on their projects. We are creating their new courses, and their marketing materials, and their success plans for the year. So even though these are not my personal projects, I am a part of all these great projects, and their success means a lot to me. I celebrate my clients’ success as my own. So basically, I’m working on many projects. 🙂

Creative Spirit Nelly OdessaCarrie: Name one resource you can’t live without.


It’s an amazing app for creating photo quotes for social media. It’s part of the reason why I traded in my Samsung Galaxy for a new iPhone 6 Plus; this app is available only on the iPhone.

Carrie: Who/what inspires you?

As far as the who:

My husband inspires me. He is very successful and has been earning a great income and gained respect of his peers and leaders in this industry doing exactly what loves to do. He is the co-owner and co-founder of one of the most successful commercial real estate companies in New York City. He is completely self-made. I’ve seen his whole journey going from having credit card debt and having a job at a company doing work he hated, to building the career he now has. He did it all the old fashioned way – by working smart, taking risks, staying focused, thinking big. Of course I unofficially (and at times officially) coached him along the way. He is my greatest success story, and I’m very inspired by him.

As far as the what:

Great music and the music industry have been a big inspiration for me lately.

I will hear an amazing new song by Maroon 5 on the radio while driving my kids to school in the morning and they inspire me, since they keep coming out with new amazing songs one right after the other. So even if I wrote an amazing blog post yesterday or creates a new coaching technique last week, I’m so eager to get in front of my computer and to write another successful post or program or webinar. Just like them I want to keep coming out with great new work one after the other.

Also, in music, there are great collaborations happen all the time. My favorite music (you will be surprised) is reggaeton and the hot new song for 2015 that they keep playing on the radio has about 10 of the hottest artists appearing on this one single. Yes, all the leaders of that music genre all on one single. This reminds me to not think of other coaches or leaders in my field as competition but rather to collaborate with the best ones.

I have an amazing new projects I will start working on in 2 months which is all about collaboration.

Carrie: How do you define Creativity?

Creativity or creative expression is the practice of taking the flow of inspiration (or ideas we have in our minds) and bringing them into physical reality.

That is why I always say that entrepreneurs (in addition to artists) are some of the most creative people.

“Creativity is the practice of taking the flow of inspiration and bringing that inspiration into physical reality.” (Click to Tweet)

BE COURAGEOUSLY CREATIVE: How can you break down larger goals into small steps? What’s the first thing you should do today to reach your larger goal? I want to know! Tell me about it in the comments below.

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