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

86 – The Importance of Taking Breaks

86 – The Importance of Taking Breaks

We live in a society that seems to praise busyness and burning the candle at both ends, but it's time for us to shift this paradigm and begin to recognize the importance of rest, of pacing yourself and preserving your energy. And when it comes to social media,...

85 – Developing a Signature Style

85 – Developing a Signature Style

Can't get enough of startist society? Join Startist Society in our Facebook group Nikki's art and design website Laura's art and class website Everyone talks about the importance of discovering or developing your signature style in art or design. When you’re just...

82 – How to start a sketchbook practice

82 – How to start a sketchbook practice

In episode 9, we talked about our love of art supplies and our addiction to purchasing sketchbooks. Every once in a while we actually fill some up. Have you ever wanted to start a sketchbook practice of your own? Or do you have trouble keeping one going? In this...

81 – 5 Tips for Getting Your Artwork Published with Janine Vangool

81 – 5 Tips for Getting Your Artwork Published with Janine Vangool

Can't get enough of startist society? Join Startist Society in our Facebook group Nikki's art and design website Laura's art and class website Last week, we introduced you to Janine Vangool, designer and publisher of Uppercase Magazine. She shared her Startist story...

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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