In a world that demands evidence even of so preposterous a thing as love, Andrea Balt believes.
She believes in art, she believes in artists—she believes in the hard work which alone creates both. She believes in partnerships, and in the possibilities they afford the world. From what she has told me, I think also that she believes in aliens.
But what sets Miss Balt above is not her credulity. What sets her above is that she acts upon her belief. And action, after all, is life.
Collaboration is to Andrea more than an opportunity to create together, it is an opportunity for her to give—precious parts of herself, donated with no thought but to the coming true of ingenious things that have not before existed in the world.
This, over all else, places Miss Balt as the highest of imaginable colleagues—she thinks not of profit, but works on the project; thinks not of herself but labours for the art, thinks not of yesterday’s reality, but strives for tomorrow’s dream.
She acts, with all her heart, in the name of the love which artists alone have the ability and the obligation to proselytise.”
JOSHUA HUMPHREYS | NOVELIST, COMEDIAN, AUTHOR
“I’ve said it a lot, and it’s a belief I stand behind, that inspiration is Everywhere. Finding someone who feels the same is a rare gift, but finding someone who feels the same and is willing to challenge themselves to actually do something about it, is almost impossible. I knew the moment we began working together, that Andréa had something special, something extra that cannot be taught, cannot be learned, and cannot be faked. She is a force of nature, and the best kind, as she has no idea of the power she controls.
With a passion that borders on obsession, Andréa is the best I know at bringing people with fires burning inside themselves together, at stoking those fires, and teaching others to finally learn that it’s ok to burn. What a rare thing, to simultaneously changes lives, while giving people the tools to change their own further, and others around down the line.
Inspiration is everywhere, and wherever it is, Andréa is there, capturing it, caring for it, cultivating it and making it stronger.”
TYLER KNOTT GREGSON | BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, POET, PHOTOGRAPHER
“Andrea is both the forest fire and firefighter. A revelation, she’s a living, breathing hug for your heart. She’s the song stuck in your head reminding you to feel brave enough to believe. An inspiration and a seemingly effortless enhancer, Andrea is exceptionally capable and extraordinarily committed. It’s simply what she does and it’s just who she is. Somehow, she nurtures this really captivating presence that makes you want to do everything better.
When you can’t or don’t, when you’re stubborn or scared, she will hold your hand and she will help you achieve. She is good and she is pure and, what is frightening and fantastic, she is improving all the time. Sometimes I argue with myself because I can’t decide whether I respect or admire her more, but these compliments will not suffice and this praise is simply not sufficient. This is all you need to know about Andrea: Your life will be better with her in it. ”
JEREMY GOLDBERG | WRITER
FOUNDER, LONG DISTANCE LOVE BOMBS
“Word Weaver. Magic Maker. Divine Guru. Deep Diver. Community Builder. The very best blend of beauty and brains and sizzling creative anarchy. Andrea has the gift of seeing not only the bigger picture; pulling together words and worlds and people and ideas and inspiration into something that is so much larger than the sum of its parts, but also seeing so close and deep that you swear she’s got your heart and soul under a microscope.
Her magic lies in this indescribable ability to make readers feel as if they are wholly unique and pricelessly original, and yet never, ever alone. Rather, drawing us together into part of a collective consiousness that will grow and love and be and change and do and make and love and love and love. I am blessed to have become a part of what she has built at Rebelle Society, and cannot wait to see what magic she makes next.
JEANETTE LEBLANC | WRITER, INSPIRATIONALIST, POET, PHOTOGRAPHER
“Andrea brings out the best in me. I have an idea and she brings it to its full potential. I believe it has everything to do with an immense wealth of knowledge she holds and her ability to understand who people are and who they are striving to become more of. It is a magical gift that I have never experienced before. It is as if she holds a space for an individual to become their best self.
I think anyone who has an opportunity to work with Andrea is beyond blessed. It is so rare to have someone beside you that has the potential to take an ordinary thought and turn it into an extraordinary and enchanting idea. And, as far as her own writing, it is deeply moving and soulful. She is connected with the poets of the world and is one herself. ”
ROBERT STURMAN | PHOTOGRAPHER, ARTIST
“Andrea has the same borderline obsession for the written word as with those who craft them. Her humility and well-informed sense of humour takes her art into the realm of slick originality. Her well-endowed humanity is expressed as the archetypal best friend who completely understands what you’re trying to say, and with her talented eye, can help you say it better, smarter, clearer.
She’s not all about structure, or if you crossed your t’s. Once she’s waved her magic wand over your piece, you will sound more like you, but spunkier; maybe with a new retro wardrobe.
Andrea’s love for people underscores her wisdom. She understands that writers, with editors, can change the world. She is the great enabler. Anyone who has the great fortune to secure Andrea’s services can relax, go and check on the farm. She’s got this!”
CHANTELLE JAHARA PINTO | AUTHOR
“As a writer and composer I have collaborated with more people and on more projects than I can recall, but Andrea has always stood out from the pack. Anytime I have the pleasure of working with her, or simply corresponding with her as a friend, I head back into my life feeling palpably more inspired than before. Rather than empty or spent from our collaboration, I’m exhilarated and eager to leap straight into another creative project.
To me, this is the truest testament to someone’s artistic brilliance: that their own creative impulse can’t help but spill over into the lives of those around them. And during the ten years that Andrea and I have creatively looped in and out of each other’s lives, her work and overall creative spirit have had this inescapable effect on me.
Now if only she were a little nicer! Just kidding, she’s an amazing person, a driven professional, and an even better friend. If I could think of a way to recommend her more highly, I would!”
I’ve written on subjects I wouldn’t normally be drawn to write on, and consequently have been read by people I wouldn’t normally reach. As a writer I try not to specifically target an audience but to simply write, to be me, and let the audience find itself; but Andrea has that rare talent of finding the space where writer and audience can meet. She has an unmatched hunger for perfection in detail and word and expression and content, and she’s a breath of fresh air in every way.”
“Beastly thing! Andrea will raid your closet and wear all your stuff. She’ll march right into your head, grab your best sweater, stretch it all out, and hang it up in her own Rebelle Society closet; and then have the audacity to magic-marker your name on the neck tag! She wears holes through the fabric of one’s creativity, then patches ’em up with genius. She cons people into believing in themselves, turns their lives upside down, and reveals the truth behind their own caricature. Thee Nuh-erve! ‘Poke-in-the-eye,’ yet subtle; practical and ‘what-evuh;’ daisy sweet, yet droll.
Seriously, they don’t make parchment with enough breadth and pound weight to contain the creative ore pulled from Andrea’s mind. She needs more media to do great big things with. Successful professionals enter the room with confidence; Andrea enters with a gasp. She puts good people together and I’ll continue to recommend her to aspiring writers, readers, imagineers, or other creatures seeking their true talent in a mirror. Hell, she fully inspired this outrageous endorsement!”
SKIP MASELLI | WRITER, SHAPE SHIFTER
“Working with Andrea has been totally inspiring. Her dedication to her work, her passion and her talent have made a huge impact on my life. She has shown me what is possible. It is because of her that I decided I wanted to start writing. Through Rebelle Society I was able to express myself and be heard. Her platform is totally inline with my inner reality, perfect for my abstract ideas.
When I did my first interview with Andrea, I knew she “had it.” She is refreshing and authentic — you can just feel it when you talk to her. What you see is what you get and in my eyes that is an absolute gift. Andrea is going to change the world and I am beyond excited to watch it all unfold.”
VALERIE GANGAS | LIFE COACH, MEDITATOR, AUTHOR
FOUNDER, ENLIGHTENMENT IS SEXY
“Andrea is one of the most brilliantly gifted word and branding alchemists I’ve ever known. Her brilliance shines through each thing she touches, magically weaving and dreaming creations and pages awake and always perfect in design, packaging, sentence structure and utter loveliness.
I’ve yet to meet anyone with equal parts emotional intelligence and business insight or unsurpassed tech knowledge and awe inspiring creativity. She’ll take you and your clients to wonderland and back with her explosive ideas, leaving each person feeling freed, inspired, intensely alive, and applauding. She’ll be at the very top of my list of fire-starters, always.”
VICTORIA ERICKSON | AUTHOR, HOLISTIC HEALER
“I am so inspired by the beautiful and intelligent woman behind the scenes of Rebelle Wellness and Rebelle Society. Lucky for me, I have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Andrea. It all began when we bonded over virtual green smoothies as we discussed breaking up with perfectionism and our desire to help others feel amazing in their bodies with an inside out approach.
Andrea is also a brilliant editor and creative spirit who can make words come to life in a post. I would hire her for anything — as a coach, as an editor, as a writer. She is a woman with a huge heart and lots of gifts to share with the world. Catch her while you can.”
ELISE MUSELES | EATING PSYCHOLOGY & NUTRITION EXPERT
FOUNDER, KALE & CHOCOLATE
Reading Andrea’s work is like biting into a fresh, juicy tangerine: it’s refreshing, quenching, healthy, nourishing and exciting. I love every single morsel.”
ANJANA LOVE DIXON | WRITER, PSYCHOLOGIST, LIFE COACH
FOUNDER, THE ANJANA NETWORK
So, I will say again Andrea is a brilliant communicator/artist/creator with all the right ideas for the NOW and the future.”
“Andréa Balt is part creative priestess, part writing coach, part magic conjurer. Her enthusiasm for the writing life, the real life, the creative life — is infectious. She makes her fellow scribes want to be better, to take more chances, to stop sitting on their creative impulses. Instead, she encourages you to let them out to shimmy and dance.
Inspiring, insightful, brave – those are the words that come to mind when describing Balt’s work. The world would be a dimmer, less spacious place without her.”
SHAVAWN M. BERRY | WRITER, POET, TEACHER, CREATIVITY COACH
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