Believe it or not, today’s flyer, Barie Fry, is only 15 years old! We are so excited to celebrate this ambitious and lovely young lady who has impressed us so much already with her punctuality and effective communication. She is currently making her ascent to being up in the clouds with the many powerful women we feature every day, so let’s fly alongside Barie today and get to know her.
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I am a distributor for the cosmetic company Senegence with my main focus being on Lipsense, the long wear lipstick that will last you throughout your day. I fell in love with this product and the company, and I knew I wanted to represent them. I will be sixteen soon, so through working and saving I hope to be able to purchase my first car and begin to support myself as I become exponentially more independent. I also will take everything I learn as a lesson for the world because once I am on my own there is a lot of responsibility in that and it will take a lot of hard work and dedication that I will have hopefully be able to take away from this entire endeavor.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
You are able to reach me at my number, email and facebook:
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
I go and wash my face using the Senegence cleanser. I know, I know, I sound so much like “look at this product, and watch me use it” but it’s true, I use it everyday to honestly take that time to help myself wake up and really give myself a fresh start to the day.
4. My best business advice is….
…being authentic. If you aren’t comfortable in your own skin, people can tell. If you don’t like what you’re selling, people can tell. Whether your smile is genuine or fake, people can tell. And all of this affects how you sell and how much you are going to sell, as well as people’s overall experience they will take away. Being true to you will impact whatever business endeavor you partake in because whoever you are will leave a much longer lasting impact rather than some person and product you may try and put up a front with.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
…to be able to work hard enough and sell enough product to support myself in buying my first car. I turn 16 in October and as soon as that happens I know I will want to be on the road, but in order for that to happen I will need a car, and hopefully I will be able to get one with my earnings this year.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Honestly the best way to support me right now is to work with me to find you perfect color so you can fall just as much in love with the product as me. And from there share my name and just overall find something that you love and will stick by.
7. Your Astrological sign:
I am a libra, right in the middle of libra season. And come on everybody loves libras.
8. Favorite donut:
My favorite donut is an Amish donut from the Strawberry Festival, may only come once a year but they are worth the wait.
9. Favorite podcast:
My favorite podcast is Good influence with Gemma Styles. In this podcast she talks about mental health and dealing with the stress of the world that surrounds us. She is actually one of my favorite celebrities’ sisters, Mr. Harry Styles himself, but I have come to love her and find comfort in the topics she touches on. Listening to her every week is something I look forward to because I know I will take away something I never realized I needed.
10. Favorite book:
My favorite book is Love is a Mixtape by Rob Scheffield. It is a book of love, loss and music, and one I could read over and over again.
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
Throughout the pandemic I regained my love for the movie Tangled throughout the course of the summer. I have come to watch it over 100 times. It was a way of coping when I found myself hitting a low and I still use it as a source of comfort.
12. When I practice self-care I…
…I let myself rest. I don’t get a lot of sleep anymore because I am always so caught up in school and just life. So when it comes to taking care of myself, allowing myself to rest is always something I do to hopefully take a minute and recuperate for whatever lies ahead.
13. The place I am happiest is…
…is Krazy Kup located in downtown Plant City. It is basically my second home, and if I look at all the time I spend there, I spend more time there than my actual home. Which to some sounds crazy, but for me it just makes sense, the sense of community I find there is like no other. Without that place and the people it has brought me I wouldn’t be who I am today, let alone here today. I could ramble on forever about how much this place means to me and still never do it enough justice but I am eternally grateful for that krazy coffee shop.
14. People are surprised to learn I…
…am 15, which in most cases is a good thing, but anytime I tell people my age they are always taken aback by it.
15. 2020 taught me…
…never take anything for granted, this is the most cliche of cliches but it’s true. And I’m not just talking about the materialistic aspect of life we came to lose, but I am also talking about mental health, friendships, and just who you are as a person. I grew a lot as an individual throughout the year of 2020 and as hard as it was I wouldn’t want to take it all back because I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am more socially aware than ever, making me advocate for what I believe is right as well as fighting for those whose voices deserve to be heard. I have also found myself really battling with my mental health and just having the weight of everything on my shoulders, which has brought me to be much more reflective and try to work with myself as much as I can. So I can keep myself running and not completely burn out. I have also lost a lot of friends this year, but through that I was taught that people are only meant to be in your life for a certain amount of time. And in that time they will teach you the lessons you need to learn and then they will send you on your way. As hard as this year may have been, I am so grateful for all I have learned and will continue to use it as a foundation for the rest of my life.
Sweet Barie, you are a breath of fresh air and wise beyond your years. Your very mature perspective on 2020 and life in general is something I know we all need to work on even as adults! You are officially part of an amazing group of women who will support you as you grow and flourish, and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish, Barie!