Up For a Friday Dare?

Up For a Friday Dare?

By: Shelly Kramer
August 20, 2010

Brett Wescott and Cameron Brown, The Compliment Guys

How about a smile? Surely, you’ve got that in you.

I was doing some research today and ran across the It’s Time to Smile video of The Compliment Guys. It was shot by my client, Back Alley Films’ director Jesse Selwyn, for Kodak’s Brightside Tour in the fall of 2009. It made me smile.

The back story, Kodak tapped Back Alley’s Jesse Selwyn for this project, an award winning director, musician and composer himself, and a perfect fit for this quirky, feel-good project. It involved following a couple of Perdue University students across the nation as they spread their compliments and goodwill around – by doing nothing more than just being nice, passing out compliments – and making people smile.

Selwyn is a cool guy. If you’ve not seen his work, you should check it out. He also did the amazing Up2 You + Me video with Jim Parsons for Stand Up To Cancer, another of my all time favorite pieces. T2 + Back Alley Films are lucky to have Selwyn on their roster of directors, and work like this keeps me coming back for more.

What about you? Up to that challenge I mentioned earlier? How about seeing how many different times you can compliment random people today. You’d be amazed at how good it’ll make you feel. Double dog dare you. Then, come back and tell me how many times you brightened someone’s day. Or better yet, snap a pic of every person you make smile with a random act of complimentary-ish-ness (yup, another made up word), @ me on Twitter with a TwitPic or post it on my Facebook wall. For many of you, it’s already Friday, so get on it. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Now get going!

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  • Shelly Kramer

    Oh sweets, don’t make work for yourself. I just thought you would enjoy the concept. Since it’s what you do. All day, every day. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Aw, the kids are so cute! I'm on it, Shelly – I'll see what I can do tomorrow.

  • Haven't watched the clip yet, but wasn't there something similar to this where a guy held a sign that read “Free Hugs?” I think that is awesome. Love the concept. I will accept your dare, but can't promise photos. LOL!


  • Flooopsy

    watched it and thought selwyn did a great job. FML

  • D_Paradigm_LA

    nice! love the message… love the work.

  • Sophielhoste

    Complimenting people has been one of my favorite hobbies for about 8 years. My 8 year old picked it up from me and her Dad and does it all the time as well. I did not know I could get sponsored by Kodak for doing it! :o)