Meet the VIC Mentors
Dr Marion Piper

Dr Marion Piper

Dr Marion Piper

Creativity Coach, Marion Piper Creative

If you’re looking for practical creativity for big ideas, then Dr Marion Piper is your go-to gal. As a creativity coach and copywriter, she supports creative entrepreneurs to become their most creative selves so they can communicate their world-changing ideas with confidence and passion. Marion believes that everyone is creative (yes, even you) and in a world where everyone sounds the same, choosing the right words is the best way to stay out. Having traveled the world, working in creative agencies, summer camps and universities, as well as completing a swag of degrees (including a PhD), Marion is here to inspire you to stop imitating everyone else and start using your own voice FOR REAL.

Career & Background

What inspired you to do what you are doing now?

I’ve always been obsessively drawn to creativity, particularly writing. Like, OBSESSIVELY. After completing a swag of university degrees (including a PhD), I wanted to find a way to contribute to this world, both as a creative and as a human being. I love supporting other people in their quest to live a more creative life as I too continue the journey, which is anything but linear, ha!

What was your journey and where are you headed in your career right now?

Your favourite food for thought


1. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey.
2. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron.
3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Podcasts / Thought Leaders

1. The Rich Roll podcast.
2. Dr Eric Maisel (thought leader).
3. Rick Rubin (thought leader).

What drives and inspires you

What are your core values?

  • Authenticity
  • Growth
  • Optimism

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

The artists of the past who transmuted their pain into Art. The queen of them all was Frida Kahlo. It was messy, ugly, raw and authentic – she was REAL about what she was going through and how it affected her. That’s inspirational to me.

You as a Mentor

Why have you decided to become a mentor?

I know how daunting it can be starting out in the creative industries. Having someone who understands the pressures you face and what you’re going through makes ALL the difference. I’d like to help make the industry a safer place for women and offer a more supportive, upbeat vibe in general.

What are the top 5 skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?

  • Asking powerful questions
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Passionate
  • Willing to be vulnerable

Ready to apply?

The best time is right now. Take a chance – you never know where an Assisterhood mentor can take you.