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Is Fear Stopping You In Your Tracks?

Is Fear Stopping You In Your Tracks?

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 Nikki and Laura share some fears they both have in relation to their creative careers… and not just Nikki’s fear of running...

Following Your Curiosity with Tyler Thrasher

Following Your Curiosity with Tyler Thrasher

Tyler's Links Tyler’s website Instagram Tyler's Existential Crisis Plushie Reels Resources Mentioned JAW Cooper DFTBA Paige Johnson Grow A Damn Kickstarter Can't get enough of startist society? Join Startist Society in our Facebook group Nikki's art and design website...

Debunking Our Excuses

Debunking Our Excuses

Resources Mentioned Julia Cameron Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards Apple iPad Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook Uniball Signo Big Magic by Liz Gilbert Can't get enough of startist society? Join Startist Society in our Facebook group Nikki's art and...

Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl

Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl

Laura and Nikki chat with Mary Beth Shaw, a fabulous artist, product creator, educator and author who Nikki met over a decade ago.
Mary Beth has been a full time artist for 20 years; she’s participated in indoor and outdoor art fairs, juried competitions and gallery shows. She’s the founder of StencilGirl where she produces and sells stencils of her own designs and those of many other artists. She’s also the author of Flavor for Mixed Media and StencilGirl, two books that she wrote, and is a columnist for Somerset Studios Magazine. She teaches workshops and many mixed media techniques and finds pleasure helping her students find their own voice.

Do You Think It’s Too Late to Get Started?

Do You Think It’s Too Late to Get Started?

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.

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.

13 Lessons Learned from Six Months of Podcasting

13 Lessons Learned from Six Months of Podcasting

Nikki and Laura are thrilled to share with you 13 lessons they have learned from 6 months of podcasting! From a casual brunch last fall to 28 episodes of podcasting and counting, they have learned a lot about the mindset, the planning, producing, editing and launching of a weekly podcast and are excited to share with you what they have learned.

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