Hi, we are Nikki and Laura with Startist Society, a podcast and community inspiring you to stop getting in your own way and start building an art biz and life that you love.

We are artists who believe strongly in the power of community, accountability, following your intuition, taking small actionable steps, and breaking down the barriers of fear and procrastination that keep you stuck.

Follow along with us on our creative business journey as we encourage you on yours.

latest episodes

The Art of Aliveness with Flora Bowley

The Art of Aliveness with Flora Bowley

Flora Bowley is an artist, a gentle guide and author of four books, Brave Intuitive Painting, Creative Revolution, Fresh Paint, and The Art of Aliveness. Flora’s popular in-person retreats and online courses have empowered a global network of brave painters while creating a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world. In her latest book, The Art of Aliveness, Flora explores the vast ways in which the principles of creativity can serve as fuel for a more alive and awakened way of living. No paintbrushes required.

Course Creation with Liz Kohler Brown

Course Creation with Liz Kohler Brown

Laura and Nikki introduce you to Liz Kohler Brown, an artist, designer, author and top Skillshare teacher who not only has 50 plus courses on Skillshare, but also teaches others how to become a course creator. She’s been painting, collaging and drawing since she was old enough to hold scissors and pencils without adult supervision. In this episode, Liz shares great advice about getting started teaching online and diversifying your income streams through courses, print on demand, licensing, and book publishing.

Should artists work for free?

Should artists work for free?

Laura and Nikki talk about whether or not artists should work for free. As artists, we tend to be generous and want to see our work out in the world, but others don’t always see our art as work – and we often don’t value our own work as much as we should. How can we reframe this view? In this episode, we talk about the impact of working for free and give examples of times we think artists might benefit from working for free versus when we likely won’t.

Do you consider yourself an artist?

Do you consider yourself an artist?

When someone asks you what you do, how do you respond? Do you feel imposter syndrome if you tell them you’re an artist? Or do you describe yourself as something else?  Nikki and Laura share their own stories on how they answer this question.

Create Your Purpose with Quinn Tempest

Create Your Purpose with Quinn Tempest

Quinn is the founder of Create Your Purpose®, a community of global entrepreneurs dedicated to building impactful businesses (and lives) with intention. She helps female founders create more purpose + profit in their business without burning out. Her professional expertise is in branding and holistic digital marketing strategy and she is a frequent speaker at events and organizations around the country.

During this interview, we’ll take you through Quinn’s non-linear Startist journey from marketing in the entertainment industry to the powerhouse business coach that she is today. As artists, it’s helpful to use her story as a great example of what’s possible when you stop the hustle of doing all the things, begin examining your “why”, and get really intentional with your life and your purpose. We’ll do a helpful visualization exercise together, and Quinn will even share some great tips for standing out on Instagram. 

Should I Use My Own Name or a Business Name?

Should I Use My Own Name or a Business Name?

Nikki and Laura tackle a question that comes up for many artists and other creative entrepreneurs when they start their business – whether you should use your own name or a business name for your brand. In this episode, they discuss pros and cons of each option and share their own answers to the question.

what our listeners are saying

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Procrasti-learning!

Loved this new podcast! Great rapport, very relatable, good practicable suggestions on working through procrastination and overwhelm. Looking forward to future topics. Thanks!

 Xenophyle

Great podcast!

This is a great subject for a podcast cause I think most people, especially artists, suffer from the procrastination syndrome – I know I do! I really think Nikki & Laura will help me head in the right direction or at least help to stop putting things off until later.

 Isabelle Gagnon

A great addition to my podcast listening

“I love the easy relationship between Laura and Nikki! It’s like listening to two good friends talk about their lives as artists….WAIT It IS two good friends talking about their lives as artists. And that is what makes the podcast so approachable and fun to listen to.

I love that Laura and Nikki are bringing their own experiences to the process of being an artist. We are all in this process together and learning from each other is a time honored form of wisdom sharing.

I look forward to future episodes!”

 Susan J Mecca

Fantastic!

As an artist I’m always looking to find something to motivate me, inspire me and hopefully learn lots along the way. This podcast does it all. It’s the perfect guide to just get out there and create the art business you’ve been dreaming of.

 CreativeSkies

Inspiring!

I look forward to each new episode of Startist Society! There are always valuable take aways and ideas I can immediately apply to my art and creative business. Laura and Nikki make a great team!

 BPMartist

Practical and down-to-earth

Approachable and friendly, with lots of valuable insights and tips. You don’t need to have a business to benefit from listening. Anyone who has a creative practice they want to develop will find support here.

 MrsSeabie

Entertaining & Insightful

Whether you’re well established or just getting started…this is a must listen! Nikki and Laura do an incredible job leading the conversations about fear, procrastination and a whole lot more. It’s gives you a nice push in the right direction to just get started. I highly recommend listening and subscribing!

If you’d like to hear your name on the Startist Society podcast, visit our PODCAST REVIEW PAGE and fill out our review form after you’ve left your review and we might just shout you out! Please be sure to take a screenshot of your review so we can read it! Thank you for taking the time to review the Startist Society podcast!

what our listeners are saying

Procrasti-learning!

Loved this new podcast! Great rapport, very relatable, good practicable suggestions on working through procrastination and overwhelm. Looking forward to future topics. Thanks!

 Xenophyle

Great podcast!

This is a great subject for a podcast cause I think most people, especially artists, suffer from the procrastination syndrome – I know I do! I really think Nikki & Laura will help me head in the right direction or at least help to stop putting things off until later.

 Isabelle Gagnon

A great addition to my podcast listening

“I love the easy relationship between Laura and Nikki! It’s like listening to two good friends talk about their lives as artists….WAIT It IS two good friends talking about their lives as artists. And that is what makes the podcast so approachable and fun to listen to.

I love that Laura and Nikki are bringing their own experiences to the process of being an artist. We are all in this process together and learning from each other is a time honored form of wisdom sharing.

I look forward to future episodes!”

 Susan J Mecca

Fantastic!

As an artist I’m always looking to find something to motivate me, inspire me and hopefully learn lots along the way. This podcast does it all. It’s the perfect guide to just get out there and create the art business you’ve been dreaming of.

 CreativeSkies

Inspiring!

I look forward to each new episode of Startist Society! There are always valuable take aways and ideas I can immediately apply to my art and creative business. Laura and Nikki make a great team!

 BPMartist

Practical and down-to-earth

Approachable and friendly, with lots of valuable insights and tips. You don’t need to have a business to benefit from listening. Anyone who has a creative practice they want to develop will find support here.

 MrsSeabie

Entertaining & Insightful

Whether you’re well established or just getting started…this is a must listen! Nikki and Laura do an incredible job leading the conversations about fear, procrastination and a whole lot more. It’s gives you a nice push in the right direction to just get started. I highly recommend listening and subscribing!

If you’d like to hear your name on the Startist Society podcast, visit our PODCAST REVIEW PAGE and fill out our review form after you’ve left your review! Please be sure to take a screenshot of your review so we can read it! Thank you for taking the time to review the Startist Society podcast!

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