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(I won’t)

January 15, 2009

In case you weren’t ‘leisure working‘ yesterday, let me bring you up to speed.

Personal insurance is one thing — fine — but direct mail is another.

I promised before I wouldn’t waste your attention or pummel you with messages and I won’t.

Nobody wants that:

Just give me the $ and let me create something that might actually add value, instead.

(As @jonmyers said: but that would be too obvious.)

My goal has been to operate independently and create a new culture from the ground up — something I could believe in.

And I’ve done it.

BUT, brilliant is a boutique division of a traditional insurance agency, still (one of the top 25 independent agencies in Columbus, no less).  I got folks to answer to.

but But BUT… as somebody over at the Brains crew said at one point — and I firmly believe — you MUST:

Everything I’ve done so far has been for a purpose.

From whom I do it for: local, independent businesses, creatives, collectives, non-profits, etc — i.e., cultural entrepreneurs.

To how I do it: wherever (I’m mobile), whenever (day, night, week/end), I come to you — just make an appointment.

(That’s IF you want to meet.  If you’re too busy or in a pinch, we can do the whole thing via twitter, chat, text, email — whatever you prefer.  And you ALWAYS know how to get in touch.)

So here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to start handling some personal insurance.  On a limited basis.  Only by referral.

I will not work with just anybody.

This a boutique: I provide specialized services to select group of clients.  I have litmus tests.  I am picky.

I underwrite accounts with a curatorial eye.  My network of clients reflects that.  We work collaboratively towards the common good.

So you have to either already know me, know somebody I’m working with, or else we need to be connected somehow online.

(Likewise, if these conditions apply, you can refer friends.)

I figured out long ago that great clients inspire great service.  And I don’t bother feigning impartiality about either.  This is the deal.

One last semantic note:

From day one, the adjective in our name was meant to be descriptive of our clients, not us.  (Of course.)

I got the idea after doing this gift card.

Between you and me, I’ve always thought of it more in the cheeky, British sense — as in ‘particularly good’ or ‘unusually wonderful.’  Rather than meaning quite literally brilliant.

Think you might be a good fit?  Get in touch.

Masquerade on High

November 3, 2008

[Above image courtesy of klj_francis.]

In some cases, pics actually do do justice.

Take a look:

[Note: best experienced in slideshow view; click on the top right.]

http://flickr.com/photos/klf-photos/sets/72157608594782383/

http://flickr.com/photos/illumiquest/sets/72157608564131915/

http://flickr.com/photos/imacaulae/sets/72157608563067880/with/2991943079/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shortnorth/sets/72157608571647763/

http://flickr.com/photos/wood-n-photography/sets/72157608598666860/

http://flickr.com/photos/becker271/sets/72157608599213396/


http://flickr.com/photos/phongnguyen/sets/72157608602789959/

http://flickr.com/photos/jessiebarber/sets/72157608593211756/

What

October 24, 2008


[Pic courtesy of Charly Bauer.]

HighBall

October 23, 2008

Live in Columbus?  Like good things?

Hopefully you’ve heard about HighBall then.

If not, here’s the deal:

Next Friday — October 31st, Halloween — from 6:00pm to midnight, High Street is going to be blocked off/closed to traffic from Buttles to Hubbard, in the Short North.

And we’re throwing a masquerade…

Think: Carnivale

Think: Mardi Gras

Think: Halloween

Think: Short North

As Funkadelic put it: free your mind… and your ass will follow.

Admission is FREE (booze is not).

On the north end, you’ll have live music: The Floorwalkers from 6:00 to 7:30; Flypaper (with Anna and the Androids) from 8:00 to 9:30; and Buzzcrush from 10:00 to 12:00.

On the south end, you’ll have DJs Moxy and Sonya, spinning from 6:00 to 9:00 and 9:00 to 12:00, respectively.

Plus a — get this — ginormous T-shaped runway in the middle of High Street (the top of the T backs up to Dr. Mojoe, if you’re trying to picture this; the stem is like 30 ft) for the Costume Couture Fashion Show.

(Now.  Before you even begin to rehash the 35 pages of debate on CU about what exactly ‘fashion’ is and what does Columbus have to do with it anyway, let us acknowledge that it (‘fashion’) is indeed subjective and amorphous and, to most of us, fleeting, but that it does have something to do with, I think, ‘freedom of expression through your wardrobe,’ plus ‘being creative within certain bounds’ and ‘intentionality’ — yes.)

That being said, we’ve got a veritable gaggle of talented designers in Columbus and we’re going to be featuring couture costume designs — plus three or four ready-to-wear looks a piece — from eleven of them right here.

On the catwalk.

Sexy folk like Kelli Martin.  And Terri Stevens.  (Don’t think I even need to mention the show anymore so I won’t.)  And Akira Burgess. And Esther Myong Chung.  To name a few…

And a certain super drag queen — 2008 National Entertainer of the Year, no less — emceeing?

That’s at 8:30.

Plus then costume contests from 9:30 to 12:00 with, I’m led to believe, a couple thousand dollars at stake.

All while legally drinking booze on the street!

Obviously there’s A LOT going on.  Probably I’m forgetting all sorts of stuff (like Dogtober Howloween).  So be sure and check out highballhalloween.com or the Facebook page or the official Short North blog for the full story.

Any questions?

Here’s your map:

See you then.

[Updated 10/28: street closure is at 6:30pm, not 6:00, though The Floorwalkers do start at 6:00 in the Haiku parking lot.]