Everyone is an entrepreneur or a founder of something these days. Everyone is a specialist at this or that and everyone thinks they are the authority on some topic or the other. Moreover, often we come across social media specialist websites that claim to be undertaking some form of social experiment.
I enjoy the personable nature of said sites and I like being given the chance to express myself and be a counted figure from within the hundreds of thousands of interviewees/quiz takers. The actual significance of my participation is irrelevant; it is the conscious decision to recognise that my opinion does matter. I know this sounds a little prophetical but it’s a lot simpler than my waffling self can portray – I don’t want to be just another number.
I enjoy meeting and talking with new people more than anything else in the world. So I thought I’d learn a little something about the handful of you that make your way onto this incredibly humble blog.
This morning I came across a ‘cultural experiment’ of sorts that I could relate to. StopBeingFamous.com is an online magazine that documents “the characters, style, happenings and humour that help define this generation artistically.” My understanding of their ‘experiment’ is that it is a journey into the flock mindset of my generation and why/how a single person’s influence can practically revolutionise music, literature, politics and the world at large.
Ferrari Sheppard is the founder of StopBeingFamous.com, and the brains behind said experiment. One of few people I actually deem as a legit entrepreneur, with a first name that evokes speed, agility and strength and a middle name like ‘Elite’ (yup, Ferrari Elite Sheppard) it’s no wonder that Sheppard’s crew turned the interview tables on the creative mastermind to find out what HIS opinions were.
I found the questions they asked to be some of the most interesting and least pretentious queries I have ever read in like publications in a long, long time. The questions are noted below with my answers; I would love for you to simply copy and paste these into the comment box, delete my answers and give me yours. Just so we can get to know each other a little better.
· What was the first piece of music that you purchased?
The first piece as far as I can remember was a cassette of ‘Essential Rock Tunes’ when I was 13 years old. It introduced me to The Stone Roses, Placebo and David Bowie. Totally random selection that ironically set the tone to my musical tastes for life.
· What's your favorite frozen food?
Potato jewels. No, not fries, JEWELS. They’re itsy bitsy little potato chunks rounded into pellet-like shapes. I’m very low maintenance.
· Imagine you're rollerskating: What year is it? What song is playing? What are you wearing?
It’s 1977, John Travolta lookalikes in high-waisted pants fill the rink. It’s a slow number, probably “The Way We Were”. I’m wearing a floaty, purple tie-dye shirt, and a daisy in my hair.
· Do you own anything purple?
Purple is my favourite colour so, many things, namely a floaty, tie-dye shirt…
· Use "stop being famous" in a sentence. For example: "I wish Jared from Subway would stop being famous."
I wish stupidity would stop being rewarded and high status individuals would stop being famous for the sake of being famous without a single positive credit to their name.
To read Ferrari’s answers, please click here.