Recently I was invited to join the Thrive Mastermind group for women (cis, trans, genderqueer, femme-identifying, nonbinary) artists. I’d never heard of a mastermind group before but apparently it’s a thing that’s been around for over 75 years. Forbes has an article that nicely describes it but the page is full of irritating ads so I’ll share an excerpt:
“How does a mastermind work? A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate. It's very much peer-to-peer mentoring and if you are lucky enough to get invited to one, you will most likely see a marked change in yourself and your business.”
Thrive Mastermind is based in Canada and has over 200 members worldwide. We meet once a month via an online video conferencing tool called Zoom. It’s like seeing yourself as part of a Brady Bunch layout.
My group has 10 members including one member who leads the discussions. None of the members are in my immediate area of the US but I travel regularly so hope to meet some of them in person someday.
Each month we fill out a list of questions that we then discuss with the others. This month was mostly spent on introductions but we did discuss why we are participating in the mastermind, one thing we hope to accomplish in the next year of working with the group, and one struggle that we’re currently having. I won’t discuss what other members said but I will say that my current struggle, like many artists with non-art-making jobs, is finding time to do all the things I want to do each day. Winter is easier since I naturally shut down to a smaller world of mostly myself and my art practice but at other times of the year there just seems to be too much to juggle. I’ll probably never completely figure it out but am glad to have other people in similar situations to talk with.
You can learn more about Thrive Mastermind here: https://www.thriveartstudio.com/mastermind
If you enjoy podcasts, I recommend Thrive’s for any makers, artists, & entrepreneurs: https://www.thriveartstudio.com/podcast