Claire Pardington | DT Member Spotlight
1. What is the name of your business and can you tell us a little bit more about it?
I am in the works of starting a collaborative art/ fashion label. Every “season” I will work with other artists/ designers/ photographers/ etc. and put out a cohesive collection that we all help put forward! I don’t want to give the name of the company out just yet, as I am still building a few things like a website, etc. I will announce when everything is live and official! I am super excited about it and looking for people that would like to participate! I am hoping to have something put together for a show by next May, before I hopefully start grad school to get an MBA!
2. What has been your biggest win as an entrepreneur thus far?
3. Where do you find daily motivation and inspiration?
I love talking long walks, bike rides, or car rides while listening to music. I tend to do all my deep thinking during these times. I solve a lot of problems and come up with a ton of ideas while on the move with music on. I also find a lot of inspiration through emotions and experiences. I have always felt things on an extreme level so it is therapeutic to try and capture that emotion or situation by creating something meaningful or representative of it.
4. What is the best piece of advice you have received and who was it from?
Success is not guaranteed- for opportunities to appear and your odds to increase, you have to want it more than anyone else in the room. Also, If you don’t make your dreams come true, someone else will hire you to help them make theirs. Those both came from my dad, who owns Holiday Market.
5. What is your morning routine?
I wake up between 5-6 (depending on my training session) head to lifetime for a seriously intense workout, come home, take a shower, enjoy a delicious, long breakfast (always eggs and coffee)- I either take care of emails during breakfast or watch an episode of Dr Phil (don’t ask me why but this, for some reason, is a go to of mine in the morning haha my daily dose of therapy by observing others)- I then put on music and dance my way through getting ready. I love getting ready- it is one of my favorite parts of the day! I never know who I will meet that day or what exciting things may happen.
6. What is your favorite podcast?
I love The Vanished. I listen to it during long car rides. It bothers me that people disappear without any trace. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED! I think about certain episodes a lot. Like, how do you just disappear within minutes without a trace? Did you leave on purpose even though it seems unlikely? If so, how did you do this and what are you doing now? Did you get kidnapped? Did you get hit by a car and fall into the thickest brush imaginable and your within feet of your loved ones but they will never see you? Do aliens, in fact, exist and you’ve been abducted for experiments? I can’t. I have a running list of questions I really hope are answered when I die (Like, how did the universe start? What came first- the chicken or the egg? Why didn’t that one guy call me back when I thought we were had a great connection? What ever happened to that one ring I misplaced? Who built the pyramids and how? etc. etc.) Some of these episodes are on this list...
7. Something that most people wouldn’t know about you:
I've play classical piano since I was 5. When I was young, I had this toy keyboard that played a classic kids tune (like twinkle twinkle little star) when you pushed a key. Each key was a different kids song. This one button played the main part of Beethovens Fur Elise and I would fall asleep pushing that button over and over. I finally asked my dad what it was because I recognized all the other songs except that one. He played it for me on the CD player and I was instantly hooked. I turned to him and said “I need to be able to play this- what is this?” He told me it was the piano and I absolutely HAD to take lessons. I’ve played ever since and Fur Elise was the first classical piece I played. It is still my favorite piece to play today.
8. If you could go back to when you started your company what would you say to yourself?
I am currently at that part now. I am my biggest criticizer so I am sure I will have much to say…
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