Margarita's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Full Circle

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Detroit, MI

MARGARITA BARRY

Designer/Founder
71 Pop

“If there’s anything I can do to help people accomplish their goals and their dreams, I’m all for it.”

INTERESTS:

Design Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Hard Work Opportunity Passion Determination Fulfillment Character Individualism Self-Reflection Risk Values Desire Courage Experience

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

advertising, challenge, contest, fulfillment, graphic design, hard work, helping people, introvert, job, journalism, motivation, nervous, opportunity, passion, practice, preparation, public speaking, push yourself, regrets, support

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Studied graphic design and journalism in college.
  • Started out “doing the traditional job thing,” working as a graphic designer at radio stations and advertising agencies.
  • After she was laid off from one of her jobs, she decided she’d have to get creative about what she did next.
  • Had the idea to open a shop with a rotating cast of local artists and designers presenting installations.
  • The idea was born out of frustrations of not having enough money to have her own shop; didn’t even know the term “pop-up” until she did some research.
  • Gave out a survey and found people agreed that there weren’t enough retail spaces where they could buy from local artists; stresses the importance of doing your research.
  • She started a successful Kickstarter—which raised $8,000—and won Crain’s Detroit Business’ “Big Idea” competition; used funds to start 71 Pop.
  • Believes that even if you have to work a really terrible job for a while until you can do the thing you love full-time, you should do it.

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