Anne Marie Sumner
Q&A Day is back!! We’re so happy that our speaker took some time this month to answer a few questions from CMDET and share what inspires her and keeps her here in Detroit. Please take this time to get to know a little about Heather and then join us on Friday at 8:30 at MRM McCann Detroit.
Why Detroit? What keeps you inspired here?The brightest sparks of inspiration I have ever experienced have always been after the moments in life where the tower crumbles. In the stillness and nothingness of the aftermath of broken building blocks that once held up as good enough; that’s where real inspiration is finally able to come through. In those humble moments of vulnerability where the courage, resilience, and resourcefulness of the human spirit comes alive to create something out of nothing. To burn down and rebuild. To become obsolete and then reinvent. To die and create the energy to somehow be born again. Those are the stories that have always inspired me to produce anything of meaning and value in my life. The ones that reflect back the unlimited potential that lives within the human spirit. Born and reborn again out of humility, roundedness, and focus. If the human spirit had a face, I imagine it would look as strong, beautiful, and inspirational as Detroit.
What is your favorite project that you’ve worked on? One of the most incredible projects that I had the opportunity to be a part of was for Apple. We produced a short film that launched in January of this year called The Lonely Palm Tree, as part of Apple’s #shotoniphone campaign. It was the experience of a lifetime. I had the opportunity to travel across the globe to American Samoa with my team and dear friend of twenty years to tell the inspiring story of a young football player for one of the most progressive and well-known brands in the world. It was a life-changing experience that I will always treasure - a dream come true.
What is your dream project? I love travel, design, and beautiful experiences that inspire. Any project that allows me to tell stories within that space would be a dream. Boutique hotels that are luxe, laid back and focused on details: I’m looking at you.
What do you do when you feel creatively stuck? I have learned that while it has always been my natural inclination to make things happen, when it comes to creativity, and most good things in life for that matter, you can’t force it. When I feel stuck, I slow down. I go on a walk. I sit in silence to meditate. I check in and see what I can do to take care of myself so that I can settle in and let the magic of inspiration do its work. If all else fails, I visualize this in my mind: a square peg and a round hole. It reminds me to assess whether or not I’m trying to force something to fit and refocuses me to take a minute to chill and get clear. Sometimes, inspiration just needs a gentle reminder to be still so that the right idea can come to mind.
What goals or big events do you have coming up in 2019? The plan is to launch our own content series before the end of the year, focusing on topics from leadership and entrepreneurship to storytelling and creativity. The intention is to engage in conversations that inform, inspire, and create meaningful connection. Stay tuned!
Who is another creative or artist in Detroit that we need to know about? Karen Buscemi. She is an entrepreneur, fashion industry pro, artist, and a creative force for good.