THRIVE Mastermind is made up of small groups of female artists that meet once a month for a year to develop their art practices. At each meeting, members share their artistic achievements and struggles of the month for critique and feedback. Our mission with our exclusive Mastermind is to empower female artists to unlock their greatest potential in their art practices, their businesses and their lives. Making the (art)world a better place one artist at a time.
Today we invite you to get to know one of our THRIVE Mastermind members Angela Joelle Gooliaff and hear about her experiences as a THRIVE Mastermind member below!
Angela Gooliaff is a Vancouver based artist who also works as an actor and writes children's books! With a particular interest in drawing and works on paper, her practice explores parody, exaggeration and the space between comfort and discomfort. Her current exhibition at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC is not to be missed! A Winter Colourland is on view until January 15th, 2017 and is a 54-foot long (9 feet high) colouring book graphic that extends the full length of The Reach's Grotto Gallery. The piece is interactive and there are also colouring books based on the artwork for sale. Check it out!
We enjoy being part of Angela's journey and are so pleased to have her as a THRIVE Mastermind member!
What inspired you join THRIVE Mastermind?
It can be isolating working alone. Life after school can be confusing and lacking focus, direction or a plan. School is a luxury with other students that fuel ideas that are inchoate.
I was looking for a dynamic creative community where individuals were both serious and passionate about their product/projects but also inclusive and curious. I was looking for a place where we all could be contained within an umbrella of support.
What makes you keep coming back?
People listen and share authentically!
I get to learn from others who are wiser than me and I can trust their information. There are no smoke and mirrors where we need to be questioning the motives of the “loudest person in the room”. Everyone shares and contributes.
THRIVE is about building our careers and directing us where we need to go. There is no drama, unless someone (like me) has to duck out for an audition! :)
What are the top three things you have gained from your THRIVE Mastermind experience?
I have found real artists in the trenches of art making whom I can trust, be inspired by and be motivated to push my own ideas and also share the results with its members. Yey!
What was your biggest concern before joining? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
I was really concerned of the judgement and jealousy generated within groups that cripples individual progress. Thus, individuals succumb and conform to "group thought" and "group behaviour."
No, none of my concerns came true. It has been way better than homemade chocolate ice cream! It is so progressive with respect to human interactions and communications. I feel THRIVE fosters artistic diversity, and repels conforming as a means to simply “fitting in.”
Who do you think THRIVE Mastermind is for?
Serious creatives who strive for meaningful work.
What are you currently working on?
My first book is at the publishers as we speak. It is the first of a future series of children’s publications, which I wrote and illustrated, with the help of my 10-year old niece. Its release should be in spring 2017. It is cute!
There are two other books I am currently illustrating for another children’s author but they are not quite at the publishers yet!