CRAZY ANIMAL FACE – BLOCK PARTY
A PHOTOSHOOT TO 'LIGHT UP OUR CHRISTMAS'
CRAZY ANIMAL FACE, WHAT THE HECK IS THAT I HEAR YOU ASK? WELL, IT IS A PLATFORM WITH A DRIVING AIM OF FUELLING YOUR CREATIVE NEEDS, WHILST CONNECTING YOU WITH LIKEMINDED PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME CRAZY IDEAS – DESCRIBED AS HOT SAUCE FOR CREATIVE THINKERS.
CAF is the brainchild of Paul and Ollie, all-round nice guys who go above and beyond to encourage the masses to make the most of your creative passion, and the need to develop, no matter what your level of skillset.
Why is creative passion important? The chaps describe it as your soul, your reason to be, your Ikigai – our reason to jump out of bed each and every morning. An ikigai is a Japanese secret to a long and happy life, and is at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing.
Paul and Ollie go the extra mile to gain insights from established industry leaders, and look to publish their thoughts in a range of different ways, from podcasts, articles, social feeds, and events – such as the Crazy Animal Face Block Party.
I recently had the pleasure of attending Block Party over in Manchester. An open forum where people can meet, listen and be inspired. It is most definitely not a lecture, but an open discussion that is designed to be relaxed, screenless and honest. The intention is to leave inspired and better connected to your community.
This time round Gavin Strange and Emmeline Pidgen were invited to share their creative experiences. The format of the day started with live Q&As (which are also recorded for the CAF Podcast) followed by 1-2-1 sessions with the talent being showcased.
Gavin and Emmeline came armed with a whole load of advice, wisdom and sense about our industry – pearls that can resonate with each and every creative. Each of the 45minute conversations were loaded with guidance for budding designers and seasoned professionals.
Gavin, a big ball of energy who’s enthusiasm is quite addictive, spoke about just wanting to make ‘cool stuff’, and encourages people to constantly try new things, whether this is client or self-initiated projects. A little nugget that Mr Strange shared with us on that rainy Saturday was…
“Never be defined by your business card or job title”
I for one, am an advocate of this – so, throw yourself in, experiment and enjoy making ‘cool stuff’.