Member Spotlight: Brandee Benton

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Brandee Benton

Lady Project Chapter: Boston

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GUIDE SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONNAIRE

Tea or Coffee?Coffee in the morning and tea after 2pm

I collect...Craft supplies. I have a problem and am seeking help.

Favorite City?I don't have a favorite, but I do love living in Brookline and working in Boston and NYC. I've heard Providence, RI is pretty nice, but I haven't spent a lot of time there. Hint-hint, PVD Chapter. Let's get together :)

Style Icon?I can't pick just one, so here's my short list: Joan Jett, Lisa Frank, RuPaul, Bea Arthur, and Lisa Loeb. I love bright colors, docs, lots of black, shoulder pads, florals, chucks, prints, and big-ass hats!

Bloom of choice?Orlando? Haha! Just kidding. I love hydrangeas because their colors change from week to week and they look delicate and strong at the same time.

Favorite Season?Autumn! Especially in New England. I don't care how often I have to take antihistamines, it's worth it. I adore the cool and sometimes cold, cloudy, and drizzly weather. Halloween and Thanksgiving are two of my favorite holidays. October is a big birthday month in our house as my partner, myself, and our cat have October birthdays. Also, we got married in the middle of October. I look forward to autumn all year long!

I'm lusting after...A vacation.

Most prized possession?My cat? I'm not sure if he is as much a "possession" as he is, at times, "possessed", especially when he's tripping on "the nip". Other than #tokicat, I am pretty obsessed with my floral Doc Martin books, my Versace and Prada eyewear.

Lady Crush?Right now? Laverne Cox. Holy cow is she smart, powerful, and crazy-sexy!

On weekends, I...love to curl up on the couch, craft, and binge-watch Netflix or have Walking Dead marathons. I also go to Zumba and get coffee with one of my besties whenever possible. I get to go to NYC/Brooklyn for BUST Magazine Craftaculars, fairly often. It's a lot of fun! I also love just hanging around our neighborhood in Washington Square/Coolidge Corner. It's great to shop and dine local and it's easy with places like the Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline Booksmith, The Abbey, Publick House, Knight Moves Boardgame Cafe, and Emack and Bolio's. Oh, and I never turn down a trip to IKEA, even if I don't need anything. I'm not sure if it's because I grew up and attended college in a very IKEA-less area of the country, but I just love walking around that big, weird, Swedish, box store!

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONS

What's your background- career, where you grew up, school?I was born in Kansas and grew-up in Arkansas. I moved to Boston three yeas ago because my spouse and I wanted better job opportunities. I have a BA in photography and sculpture. I am fascinated by the concept of food as the body and the foreignness of fresh fruits and vegetables in contemporary society. I considered getting an MFA, but I felt like I needed some life experience first. So, I worked in a studio for a while, but didn't like the high-pressure sales part of the job. So, I got a job as an administrative assistant at my alma mater. I've been in admin jobs since, while figuring out what career I want to move into next. I'm currently an executive assistant at a healthcare tech company. I've kept side jobs coordinating art events, festivals, BUST Craftaculars, and managing my partner's magic business. I like staying busy!

What's your biggest success so far?It's a toss-up between moving 1,600 miles to a city where we didn't know anyone and getting to work with BUST Magazine. Working with BUST was a lot more fun and required far less packing, however, both are rewarding and make me feel very fortunate to be where I am today.

What's your favorite thing about being a Lady Project member?Connecting with other smart, inspiring, fun women.

What personality trait helps you the most?I have the ability to talk to most anyone. I did, unfortunately, turn into a total "fan girl" when I met Jessica Williams from The Daily Show, but everyone has their moments, right?

How are you involved with your community?My husband and I try to shop local as much as possible. He regularly donates magic shows to non-profits and sometimes I go with him to take pictures. I like to help out BUST with the subscription table at The Lady Project Summits, but I was unable to attend this year and was totally bummed! I'll be there next year come hell or high water. Recently, a large group of people from my admin job volunteered at and donated clothes to Cradles to Crayons in Allston. We had a blast! My team packed bundles of a week's worth of clothes for different genders and age groups. Toddler and baby clothes are the cutest! Maybe some BOS Ladies would like to arrange a volunteer event with CtC sometime?