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 Sandeep Johal and hear about her experiences as a THRIVE Mastermind member below!
Sandeep has recently made the jump from art being a a part-time side business to a full-time profession! Not only is this a huge achievement she is also the mother of a lovely 15 month old. She recently painted a giant concrete planter in front of the Uncommon Cafe for the Strathcona BIA X Hastings Urban Tree Nursery. If you are into Mandalas you won't want to miss the community mandala she is making at the Vancouver Mural Fest on August 20th or the 3 mandala workshops at the Anvil Center. Sandeep will also be showcasing her work at the BCCHF’s 8th Annual 'A Night of Miracles Gala' led by business and community leaders of BC's South Asian community. If that isn't enough she has also been selected as a vendor for the Etsy Market September 24-25.
Yup, she's on fire! We have enjoyed being part of her journey for the last six months and are so pleased to have her as a THRIVE Mastermind member for another year.
What inspired you join THRIVE Mastermind?
I saw Thrive Mastermind blasted all over Instagram and secretly wondered what it was, but was too shy to reach out. Thankfully, Jamie reached out to me and after meeting with her and chatting about it, I was SOLD! It was actually pretty serendipitous since I had recently made the jump from art as a part-time side business to a full-time profession and was in need of some support and guidance.
You’ve been with THRIVE Mastermind for quite a while now! What makes you keep coming back?
It gets me out of my apartment! With a home studio and a 15-month old, I spend A LOT of time at home, which is great in terms of getting work done, but not so great in terms of interacting with other artists in a meaningful way and building a network in the arts community.
I love that THRIVE is a studio run by women in the arts, for women in the arts. Thrive Mastermind has helped me focus, be accountable (with our monthly art and business challenges), and stay driven. I always look forward to our monthly meet-ups and leave feeling inspired, energized, and supported by the other artists. The Facebook Group is a great resource as well.
What are the top three things you have gained from your THRIVE Mastermind experience?
What was your biggest concern before joining? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
I was initially worried about the time and money investment/commitment. Honestly, I’m pretty exhausted juggling the art hustle with being a full-time baby mama + wife so I’ve had to become more selective with my commitments. But, Thrive Mastermind has exceeded my expectations! It really is worth every second and every cent. I was also worried about whether or not the group would be a good fit for me, but the other artists are wonderful, respectful, supportive and so diverse in terms of range and experience that there’s a lot of knowledge shared. And, there's always lotsa laughing!
Who do you think THRIVE Mastermind is for?
It’s for the lone artist who craves a community/network but is too shy to reach out.
It’s for emerging artist who needs support, direction, and resources.
It’s for the artist who’s at a crossroads in her career and needs a gentle, loving push.
It’s for the well-established artist who wants to take her practice to the next level.
It’s for the artist who wants to learn some mad bizness skillz.
It’s for the artist who believes there is space for everyone and that collaboration always beats out competition.
What are you currently working on?
I’m switching gears and moving into more narrative work around gender justice - a topic that has been and continues to be close to my heart. I’m currently working on a long overdue series titled "HARD KAUR -not your starlet, not your victim!" which will profile 12 South Asian women from India, past and present, who have unapologetically taken up space to achieve some extraordinary - albeit sometimes controversial - things despite having the odds stacked against them. I’m still fleshing out the why, and have no idea what it’ll look like in the end, but I’m enjoying the process of figuring it all out.