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Bonus Episode: Re-framing Sales with Shannon Ward

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Shannon Ward talk about:

  • Changing the way we think about sales to positively impact our art practices as well as client experiences.

  • Shannon's definition of "sales", and how it can empower both artist and client decisions.

  • Reaching your target market and the ideal client.

  • Giving yourself and your client the ability and tools to transform.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Ep 14: Reflection

THRIVE Talks Podcast - Ep 14

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio.

To celebrate one year of podcasting and three years in business Jamie and Tara have a chat about the ups and downs of running a business. They share what they've struggled with, what they've learned and what they are excited about. They hope that this conversation inspires you in your businesses especially in those times when things get tough!

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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The very first THRIVE meeting that started it all!

The very first THRIVE meeting that started it all!

THRIVE's first field trip in Vancouver led by the unicorn of the art world Pennylane Shen.

THRIVE's first field trip in Vancouver led by the unicorn of the art world Pennylane Shen.

We are so, so lucky to have this community of wonderful and supportive artists.

We are so, so lucky to have this community of wonderful and supportive artists.

Our members recently finished this gorgeous mural for the  Vancouver Mural Fest ! The mural was designed by THRIVE's very own Tara Lee Bennett and painted by our members.

Our members recently finished this gorgeous mural for the Vancouver Mural Fest! The mural was designed by THRIVE's very own Tara Lee Bennett and painted by our members.

Ep 13: Redefining Success with Lisa Congdon

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Lisa Congdon talk about:

  • Creating habits that support real success.

  • Finding your creative voice and what it means to have one.

  • Balancing time and energy as a full-time artist, and the importance of honouring your needs as a creative person.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Ep 12: Studio Magic with Kari Kristensen

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Kari Kristensen talk about:

  • The magic that happens when you go into the studio, do the work, and stick to a consistent schedule.

  • Creating time by taking things off your to-do list, and learning how to delegate your work so you don't get overwhelmed.

  • Going big when you want to stay small.

Episode Notes/Resources

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

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Kari and her mural at Granville Island, taken by  Maria Angerilli .

Kari and her mural at Granville Island, taken by Maria Angerilli.

Kari and her mural at The Profile in Vancouver.

Kari and her mural at The Profile in Vancouver.

Tara and Jamie with their mural at The Profile.

Tara and Jamie with their mural at The Profile.

Ep 9: Letting Go of Old Goals and Feeling Like a Pro with Ola Volo

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Content warning: Please note in this episode we speak about childhood sexual abuse, being triggered and Donald Trump.

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Ola Volo talk about:

  • Ola's design process behind murals and how she prepares for them.

  • How to deal with being overwhelmed and constructively protecting yourself in a sustainable manner.

  • Balancing financial resources, time, and your own art practice in terms of projects, and shedding old goals to make way for growth.

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Kari Kristensen  and her mural, taken by  Maria Angerilli .

Kari Kristensen and her mural, taken by Maria Angerilli.

Laura Yu  and her mural, photo taken by  Abhishek Dhoj Joshi .

Laura Yu and her mural, photo taken by Abhishek Dhoj Joshi.

Tierney Milne  and her mural.

Tierney Milne and her mural.

Ola Volo's  mural at  The Profile , photo taken by  Laara Cerman .

Ola Volo's mural at The Profile, photo taken by Laara Cerman.

Ep 8: Being Grateful and Being Human with April Lacheur

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with. 

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest April Lacheur talk about:

  • Their words of the year and the importance of self-reflection, getting excited, having goals and being okay with failure.

  • Planning and organizing ahead to avoid being overwhelmed.

  • Newsletter tips and tricks.

Episode Notes/Resources: 

Special thanks to: 

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

Ola Volo's mural in THRIVE's meeting room in The Profile.

Ola Volo's mural in THRIVE's meeting room in The Profile.

Ep 7: THRIVE at Hogwarts with Charlotte Spafford

Podcast with The Jealous Curator Danielle Krysa

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with a special guest.

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Charlotte Spafford talk about:

  • Holding the tension between wanting more and also being happy and content with exactly where we are.

  • Knowing what you want and avoiding a half assed ask.

  • The joy of drawing, creating a visual vocabulary and transitioning to new bodies of work.

  • Harry Potter!

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

A peak at Charlotte's visual vocabulary

A peak at Charlotte's visual vocabulary

Charlotte pictured with work in the Precious Things exhibition.

Charlotte pictured with work in the Precious Things exhibition.

One of Tara's collage with white gel pens. This was Jamie's Christmas present this year!

One of Tara's collage with white gel pens. This was Jamie's Christmas present this year!

Ep 6: Put a Pom-pom on it with Danielle Krysa

Podcast with The Jealous Curator Danielle Krysa

Please note in this episode there is some adult language and as this episode was recorded on Skype the sound reflects that. 

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with.

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Danielle Krysa talk about:

  • Showing up and investing in your artwork and art business.

  • Working small, creating ugly work and the value in making a lot of work.

  • How tricky it can be as artists when selling work and dealing with rejection.

  • Juggling time management and hiring when the time is right.

  • Pom-poms!

Episode Notes/Resources:

Special thanks to:

Marty and Laurie from Sonance Media

“‘use the pom poms sparingly’ they said - unfortunately liz and her creative muse were already knee deep.”   Just some of the pom poms Danielle talks about in the episode and what inspired the episode name.

“‘use the pom poms sparingly’ they said - unfortunately liz and her creative muse were already knee deep.”

Just some of the pom poms Danielle talks about in the episode and what inspired the episode name.

“juggle, balance, hustle, repeat – patty could do it ALL with one hand behind her aching back.”   Can you see why Tara resonated so much with this artwork that she had to own it?

“juggle, balance, hustle, repeat – patty could do it ALL with one hand behind her aching back.”

Can you see why Tara resonated so much with this artwork that she had to own it?

Ep 5: Ferraris and Having It All with Sandeep Johal

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Please note in this episode there is some adult language and we speak about some adult themes. 

THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with.

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Sandeep Johal talk about:

  • Whether we can have it all.

  • Tips and tricks for when you feel overwhelmed by social media and our inboxes.

  • Preparing for press.

  • Gratitude and giving our selves permission.

  • The need for change especially regarding violence against women.

Episode Notes/Resources:

Ep 4: Letting Go and Being Present with Aimée Henny Brown

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THRIVE Talks is a monthly podcast hosted by artists Jamie Smith and Tara Lee Bennett from THRIVE Art Studio. Every episode follows the format of a THRIVE Mastermind meeting where they share what they are excited about, learning and struggling with.

In this episode, Jamie, Tara, and their guest Aimée Henny Brown talk about:

  • Compassion and vulnerability hangovers

  • Shifting seasons and inspirational women in both the arts and business

  • Change and the fact that there will always be more work

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