“The simple ideas can be the best. But a simple idea with a bit of glitter on it is far more exciting.”
Gizzie Erskine, Mentor, Samsung Launching People
I love a bit of glitter and I love ideas so this quote by Gizzie Erskine in the media this week really got me thinking. I went right back to the basics of what the definition for ‘idea’ is…
idea : ʌɪˈdɪə
- a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action.
- the aim or purpose.
I think this is one of the most powerful words in the dictionary. So much potential. So much hope. So much innovation. Ideas inspire me and keep me sane but they don’t go anywhere without action so the first definition is spot on – Otherwise the thought or suggestion remains simply that surely?
Ambitious + ideas
Ambition. Now there’s another powerful word. This characteristic is the catalyst to success of an idea. It helps get through sleepless nights of doom. It lifts spirits and focus. This word married with the word idea produces fireworks.
All this musing is the result of a new campaign called Launching People which is on the search for people with a passion for food, film, music and photography. Each of the categories will be mentored by a well known personality and tracked on a TV programme. For food, the mentor will be Gizzie Erskine.
She’s looking for “someone that has a serious passion for the industry – I want to understand their passion and be able to see and feel it. I want to show that you don’t have to be conventional to be successful. I’m looking for someone who’s happy to break the rules – and maybe teach me a thing or two along the way. The simple ideas can be the best. But a simple idea with a bit of glitter on it is far more exciting.” This video says it all…
I don’t know Gizzie but I know she has plenty of ambition and a heap of experience in the food world. I know she’s worked her socks off in restaurant kitchens and there is a lot of brain power behind that glitter and glamour persona. I think she’s going to be an awesome mentor.
How to get involved…
To apply to have Gizzie as your mentor you need to make a 2-minute video all about you, your ambition and your project idea. You stand a pretty good chance as there are, today, only 19 applications for food vs a lot more for film, photography and music. Upload your video at http://www.launchingpeople.co.uk by 6th March 2014.
Gizzie will choose four people to work with on a one-to-one basis. You will spend 2-3 weeks together, working closely with her in a house fully furnished with Samsung’s latest technology on your idea. This all builds to a grand launch event making your ideas and ambitions a reality. On top of that (because this is a TV show at the end of the day) the public will get to vote for one winner in Gizzie’s category to get £500 for personal tuition and Samsung technology up to the value of £2000.
That’s a hell of a kick start to an idea! What would you do? Will you apply?
*This is a sponsored post for Samsung using their images and video content but words and thoughts belong to me