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COFFEE, CAMEL LIGHTS AND KEEPING YOUR COOL

July 24, 2017

An Article by Mike Abel for Wanted Online

Mike Abel challenged South African pop artist Norman O’Flynn to answer his unique and quirky questionnaire.

NORMAN O’FLYNN

Image source: Wanted Online

Describe the colour yellow to somebody who is blind.  The sun coming out and warming your face on a freezing day.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your CV alone? How good I really am.

What are you known for? A contagious, positive attitude.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes. If you throw your phone in the air, you get air-time.

What inspires you? Seeing a great concept and wishing I’d thought of that.

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it? Nocturnal Animals. The opening scene is repulsively fascinating.

What was the last gift you gave someone? A painting to a friend, of his two sons.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? That everything is happening for a reason and I’m part of it.

You’re a new addition to the paint box. What colour would you be and why? Pink. It only has positive connotations associated with it.

How do you handle criticism? With my fists clenched.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Make coffee for my wife, Liza Grobler.

Tell me about a time you did the right thing and no one saw you do it. Those times should remain those times.

What do you worry about, and why? That something should happen to my son because it would break me.

How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition? The cliché: Doing what you love and being able to share it.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure? I tried to stop drinking for many years until someone explained to me I had a disease, that it wasn’t my fault and I had no control over it. So I stopped feeding it.

Would you rather be liked or respected? Both. I don’t think you can really respect someone you don’t like and vice versa.

What is the last book you read? The Sea of Wise Insects by Terry Westby-Nunn.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Camel lights and coffee.

What makes you angry? Being scared.

What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it? There have been many and they all involved changes that at the time seemed impossible yet in hindsight I wish I’d made them sooner.

What’s your most significant project? Tell me about it, what did you achieve and how? Myself, realising that all my actions are reactions and trying to stay awake to this.

If you were a brand, what would your motto be? It’s an O’Flynn, cool and unusual.

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