Anyone who knows art buyer Christopher Grimes of CP+B knows that he is one of a kind. He is all about living life to it’s fullest and enjoying the people around him. Everything about Christopher is fun and exciting. He loves to surround himself with creative and inspiring people and is always looking for all things new and different. If you ever get the pleasure to work with him, you will be impressed by his dedication to creative and his drive to be the very best he can. I would be surprised if after it was all said and done if you hadn’t made a new friend.
So, it isn’t a surprise when we asked him to contribute to our Solving Mysteries Series where we ask creatives 5 industry related questions, that he asked us to change up the questions to make them more relevant to him. “More fun!” were his exact words. Thank you Christopher for reminding us to lighten it up a bit.
Here are the questions we asked him and he wonderful answers. Thank you!
• Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from magazines (food, lifestyle, design, travel), design websites, blogs, nature and my friends. I love getting well-designed, printed promotions. I keep them as reference for personal and work inspiration.
• What was the craziest promo you ever got?
Although not that crazy, I once received an umbrella. The photographer who sent it always stays at the top of my mind when looking for a certain style. Art producers love getting things like wood matches, blank note cards and water bottles. These branded items remind us of the agent or photographer who sent it, AND it serves a purpose.
• What is the best part of your job?
Building relationships. I’m the luckiest guy in the world to get to work with awesome/smart/brilliant/hard-working/fun creatives, account peeps, photographers, agents, producers and THE BEST Art Production team on the planet. What’s even better is when they become personal friends. It makes my job feel like my personal life.
• If you left advertising, what would be your dream job?
My dream job would be volunteering. I’ve always wanted to dedicate my life to helping others. I’m most passionate about guide dogs, veterans and homelessness. I’ve also always wanted to be a NYC bus driver.
• If you got three wishes that had to do with your job, what would they be?
This is a difficult one. I could wish for more time or money on a project, but I like the challenges of making it work with what I’m given. So that said…1. Summer Fridays 2. my choice of producer on every project (you know who you are) and 3. a CP+B office in Minneapolis (yo MPLS!!).
If you have ideas for other questions, please do let us know. We would be happy to consider them for our Solving Mysteries series.