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19 Questions: Baby Grand's Ben Colar

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

Ben Colar is the creator behind the Grind mask.

Ben is also the Principal of Baby Grand, a branding firm in Memphis. Ben has worked with clients to build and design experiences for breweries, fitness events, coffee shops, and many more.

What is your job title?

Principal and creative director.

How did you get your start in your career?

I got an internship at a small design agency during my junior at Memphis College of Art.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

Nowadays, a lot of meetings, and squeezing in design time between them.

What keeps you motivated?

Building value and being a resource for companies and organizations motivate me as well as bringing value and opportunity to fellow creatives, especially those overlooked.

What's something that you want to do but haven't had the chance?

Open a bar. Although, I may or may not be working on this currently ;)

What's one thing you can't live without?

Good people. I feed off the energy of others. COVID has made that tricky on a larger scale but being around a group of good people always revitalizes me.

What could you give a presentation about without any preparation?

The struggles of being a Black creative.

What inspires you?

My family, reaching goals, and seeing others succeed.

What's the best piece of advice you've received?

When you can't find a space to fit, make one.

What is your self-care routine?

Sipping on a cocktail while sneaker shopping online.

How do you relax after a long day of work?

My wife and I like to recap our days to each other; this is most fun when we feel like we got a lot done.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?

Black excellence. Black Memphians have been tastemakers for many years. From music to food to dance, art, and culture. I don't think this country realizes how much of what they consume was and still is influenced by Black Memphians.

What was your go-to quarantine pastime?

Building an addition to my house. It's surprisingly stress-relieving.

What is a new skill or hobby you have recently picked up?

I wouldn't call it a hobby but public speaking. It's always been tough for me, but I was offered to speak at a conference, and I said yes for the first time. It was definitely a learning experience. I am trying to be more open to speaking engagements.

Where is your favorite social distancing spot in Memphis?

Outside my backyard or the Vice & Virtue coffee shop in the Arrive Hotel.

Where have you been getting your masks and personal protective equipment (PPE)?

My wife makes them, and also from Henry Mask.

What show were you binge-watching during quarantine?

Both of the Avatar series, Watchmen, Lovecraft Country, and Fresh Prince.

What's something positive that has happened to you recently?

My company was chosen for a cool project.

If you could give your life a movie title, what would it be?

"To Be Continued..."

Make sure to post a selfie with your Grind mask, and tag @bencolar on Twitter.

Follow Ben on Instagram @bencolar.

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