Andrea Grand - Entrepreneur

Andrea is the co-founder of Barbet - a brand of sparkling water for curious tastebuds that puts alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on a level playing field.

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I'm part of the team behind Barbet. On paper, I'm one half of the sister duo who started it but in reality, we know it takes a village of creatives and patient people to get a business off the ground. 

Barbet is a full-flavoured sparkling water founded by myself and my sister, Katie. We believe in putting alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks on a level playing field, getting rid of that question of 'why aren't you drinking' and focusing on what is in a person's can or cup, not what isn't. 

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In my opinion, 'a creative' is... 

Anyone with an imagination! Creativity comes in so many forms—some uses of it are more obvious like visual artists, and some are less so. As an entrepreneur, I have the opportunity to be creative every day in both ways. On the obvious end of the spectrum you have reviewing new packaging designs, designing an event experience or putting together concepts for a tradeshow. But, creativity is also the key to a huge part of my role: problem-solving. That requires a level of creativity and thinking outside of the box, especially when working with limited funds and resources. 

My favourite things to do when I was a kid... 

Horseback riding. I spent as much time at the barn as I could! 

When I need to feel inspired... 

I find it hard to force myself into inspiration and I really do believe that inspiration comes in the quiet moments: going for walks, making coffee, driving and everyone loves a good shower thought. I find I'm the most inspired when I can quiet my brain from the day-to-day of running a business (easier said than done). And if all else fails, getting together with other creatives and entrepreneurs is always a good motivation and creativity boost. Solving other people's problems always seems to be easier than solving your own! 

 A piece of advice that changed my life... 

Perfection is overrated. When you strive for perfection, you don't leave room for mistakes, feedback or improvement and in a lot of cases that battle for perfection can kill an idea or the creative process, delay the launch of a business or even lead to it not launching at all.

A launched product that you iterate and learn from is better than one that doesn't launch at all. 

Nothing is perfect, and in looking for perfection in your work you're missing out on the journey and fun of building something. 

Something I've never understood... 

Slow walkers. 

I'm most passionate about ... 

I'm not sure if it is what I'm the most passionate about, but I love bringing people together!

"Getting together with other creatives and entrepreneurs is always a good motivation and creativity boost."

 In another life I would have been... 

In any role that has to do with animals. I'm not good with blood so a vet is off the table, but I know I would be happy being surrounded by lots of animals. Or an event planner. 

A place that means a lot to me... 

My family cottage.

I find joy...

Right now it is all about finding joy in the simple moments: 

Long dog walks 

Bringing friends together 

Hot summer nights 

Discovering new music 

Tennis 

Making new friends (harder to do in your adult life) 

Concerts 

"Nothing is perfect, and in looking for perfection in your work you're missing out on the journey and fun of building something."

Who is inspiring you
right now?

Jeremy Joo
@jeremy.joo

For his expertly crafted and timeless furniture pieces.

For his expertly crafted and timeless furniture pieces.

Sarah Dobson & Dani Hall
@designofbrand

For their pure creativity. They're Barbet's brand-mothers and the incredibly creative humans behind some of Toronto's best brand design and development.

For their pure creativity. They're Barbet's brand-mothers and the incredibly creative humans behind some of Toronto's best brand design and development.

Steff Eleoff
@steffeleoff

For her self-taught silversmithing skills.

For her self-taught silversmithing skills.

Briony Douglas
@briony

For her big imagination.

For her big imagination.

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