ANDREA BAIN - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My television career began in the newsroom at CTV in Toronto during a summer internship. After that I went on to work behind the scenes as a producer at Global Television, Citytv, CTV and Rogers, where I got my first reporting job. After some encouragement from peers I decided to finally step in front of the camera full time and became an entertainment correspondent at FLOW 93.5, Toronto 1 and for the Los Angeles based tv station Reelzchannel, I got to interview Hollywood heavyweights like Brad Pitt, Martin Scorcese and Oprah Winfrey. I’ve also hosted a number of national lifestyle shows in Canada including “Exchanging Vows”, “Revamped”, “Shotgun Reno” and I also co- host the national talk show “Three Takes” on the Slice network. Currently I’m jet setting around the world looking at beautiful homes on “Live Here Buy This” (I know hard job!) which airs Wed 9pm on HGTV and you can also catch me mixing it up on the CBC talk show “Steven & Chris”.
What many people may not know about you?
Something folks don’t know about me?? I really had to think about my answer to this because honestly I’ve exposed so much about myself on talks shows and on the radio that there’s very little I haven’t shared with people.
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
What motivates me is my passion for what I do and even with everything I’ve achieved career wise I still have a long list of things that I’d like to do. I still have the same hunger that I had coming out of J school.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
I’ve been asked by a lot of young people how did I get where I am today and I tell them all the same thing prayer, hard work and always striving for bigger and better
What would you like to be remembered for?
I would like to be remembered for being a good daughter, sister and friend
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
Balance that word makes me laugh because life is a balancing act and if there’s one part of your life that’s going well chances are there is another part that’s suffering. I follow the motto work hard play hard
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
Favourite food: French fries (with ketchup)
Fav book: Funny, I was a kid I hated reading books but now I love books but I don’t have a favourite, too many good books out there to just pick one
Fav music: My taste in music includes everything from calypso to 70’s soft rock to broadway show tunes, but there is one artist I’ve loved since I was a kid. Prince.
Fav movie: Boomerang
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
My experience as a black person in Canada has been pretty average. I was born and raised in Toronto where I have always had friends from different cultural and religious backgrounds. I’ve never been told I couldn’t do something because of the colour of my skin, but I’m not naïve to the fact that not every corner of this country is as open minded. I’ve been to places where I know I’m not welcome
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc.
Growing up in North America I took it for granted that I could become anything that I wanted, and I didn’t realize how fortunate we all are here in Canada until I traveled to countries where if you’re born poor you will die poor and things like education and health care are only for the rich.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
My favourite Canadian role models are my Mother Janice Bain, Jean Augustine and CTV anchor Marci Ien, and there are many other people in my community who encouraged me to work hard and look out for others.
Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
We do support our own but I have to admit I’ve been to many movies, dance performances and hip hop concerts and been really surprised to only see a hand full of black folks there.