The Ladies of Thrive Mastermind with Jamie Smith and Tara Galuska

Our Guest Artists: Jamie Smith and Tara Galuska from Thrive Mastermind

Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid

Our Bar: Melu Juice and Health Bar

Listen in as Jamie, Tara and I talk about how Thrive Mastermind began in this “Three Artists Walk into a Bar” episode.

You’ll hear how it grew from a group of friends gathering for a one-time collage night to hundreds of artists in a growing number of cities.

Thrive was started in July of 2015 by Jamie Smith.  She’d been part of an entrepreneur mastermind group, but found that the art world was so different and didn’t abide by any rules.  With Tara’s support and encouragement, she decided to start something that would serve the community of women artists in Vancouver looking for support and connections.

Together they’ve grown Thrive into an international movement, with online groups, a podcast, a speaker series, an art school and more.

It’s a fun episode.  The first tears come at about 7:40, but there’s lots of laughter too.

Jamie shares how they make their business decisions.

Tara talks systems and how that leads to sustainable growth.

We’ll also talk about each of their individual paths as artists and what brought them to this point.

Tara shares about her beautiful paper works, and of course the ever popular The Cat Report: “The worlds leading news source on my cats Daisy & Bijou. Follow for breaking news, special reports & more as told to me, Tara Galuska by my husband Bill”

Jamie and I swap notes about being business junkies, and learning to balance that with our art practices.  She shares how Thrive has given her a great balance between the two.

Hear about how and when they first knew they were destined for careers in visual arts.  Spoiler alert, both Santa and a fabulous high school art teacher had a hand in it.

They’ll talk too about taking Thrive online, starting their podcast, what that’s been like and where it all is going.

Listen to the end and you’ll hear a great story about confessions, and you’ll even hear them surprise each other!



Jamie’s website:  instagram:

Tara’s website:  instagram: @taragaluska

Carol’s website: instagram: @carolmcquaidart

Thrive Art Studio:

Thrive Mastermind:

The Thrive Podcast on iTunes: thrive-talks-podcast

The Cat Report :

ROVE: instagram: @roveyvr



About the author, Carol

I love creating big cityscapes in paint and print. I travel around the world painting, teaching and doing art residencies. I meet artists everywhere, and I love bringing their stories to you on “Two Artists Walk into a Bar” podcast.

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