Selling in the supermarket. Would you compromise your principles?
Carrie Brummer - Funky Thinker no 131
Carrie is behind there somewhere - Honest...
Question: If you are a creative person, would you compromise your principles to make your product more mass market - IF it meant you could sell it in the supermarket to the masses?
It's an interesting question - one I discuss with Funky Thinker number 131, Carrie Brummer.
Plus - is the whole idea of the starving artist Fake news. How do we know that famous artists throughout history were poor.?
Listen or watch below - Your choice. Have fun.
What are the FUNKQUEST rules?
Funkquest is a fun interactive online game that features five rounds. Each round consists of ONE FUNKY question.The player selects the icon which most tweaks their interest. Each Funky visual has a Funky question.
The Funky insight is that the question may or may not be related to the icon.
SO potential Funksters have to think on their feet to score points. Points are awarded by me for FUNKY answers...
What's so good about FUNKQUEST ?
Funky Thinkers know that IDEAS only come from free-flowing CONVERSATION.
Listening (without prejudice) to new ideas and speakers from outside your usual network truly qualifies as FUNKY.
Each question has a strict time limit. So no multi-headed long and complicated self indulgent stories to endure. Just short punchy bite-sized truly Funky ideas, as we GET THE FUNK OUT!
Q1. Carrie chose the spaceman and the question is "What problem are you currently grapling with?"
Carrie recounted driving from Ottawa, Canada to Houston, Texas with a large fluffy dog in the car.
Hotels don't generally allow dogs inside so en route Carrie had to stay with him AND figure out how to get food and stay with him all the while.
I never realised that the language ability of a dog is about on par with a toddler and yes, some states do have motels at the side of the road, just as we see them in films...
Pro tip - If you have a blow up mattress - don't blow it up by yourself with your own windpower. You will end up feeling light headed.
Q2. Carrie did know that the shirt was a football/soccer shirt but not that it belonged to the old Soviet Union. So she scored half a point.
Carrie picked the old telephone. The question is "What was your most recent lie?"
Carrie doesn't lie and isn't comfortable talking about lying.
What kind of lies are acceptable?
The only kind of lies which were acceptable in Carrie's family are little white lies to make outsiders feel comfortable.
When someone asks "How does this outfit look?" and you don't know them well enough to say "You shouldn't really be wearing that..." So you say "You look great..."
How much is lying affected by the internet?
Q3. Carrie picked the shoe. (Ladies always pick the FUNKY shoe). The question is "What are you currently worried about?"
Carrie is worried about closing the sale and we discussed the difference in approaching buy a tyre (or tire) for your car (or a washing machine or any other essential but laborious purchase) versus a piece of art that you would just hang on a wall and look at.
Plus - the more uncomfortable you put yourself, in different situations, the better.
Q4. Carrie chose the laundromatter (or the laundrette). The question is "How do you judge a person?"
Carrie judges a person by how much artwork they have in their home. When she met her now husband, there was no art. Result - if they stuck it out - he would be mouldable.
What does someone have on their walls? Is it prints from Van Gogh or some random think from Ikea. Ikea do buy and licence work from established artists so don't diss it all.
Plus "What books do people read?" is a great way to judge people AND a great conversation starter.
How do you show your personality through art is another question to ask.
Q5. Carrie did know who George Harrison is - so a bonus point for that. The question is "What was ruined before it became popular?"
In high school, Carrie loved Alanis Morrissette and when she became popular (Alanis), the novelty wore off.
You can contact Carrie Brummer at www.carriebrummer.com
Oh and almost forgot - Carrie is now in third place in the updated FUNKQUEST leaderboard - which is below - with 270 1/2 points.
If you have a problem which is deserving of Funky Insights, you should consider visiting the Funky Thinkers prism.
Unlike most of the internet, Funky Thinkers offer no magical solutions nor do we have a magic wand. (Yes remarkable I know - to even admit this...)
BUT - we do GET THE FUNK OUT...
through the counsel of a few trusted well-experienced souls who convene regularly in the Funky Thinkers prism.