Why originality is overrated…

6 Mar

How many times have you been fired up by a great idea only to have someone pour water on your creative flame by telling you that  it’s already been done?

Sometimes it happens in smaller more subtle ways, “oh yeah that reminds me of such & such a film.”

We live in a world with a high rate of flux, everything has to be new and groundbreaking to get attention. Yet in the world of cinema it is thought  that their really are only twelve different types of stories;  sure the characters, the setting and the method of story telling may change but the essence of the story is still the same… Rocky really is Cinderella in boxing gloves.

If there is something much greater and more powerful than originality it’s a unique voice… your voice.

When someone tells you it’s already been done… look them in the eye and be sure to convey that no one has done it your way.

To be unique is a deeply creative , wonderfully personal, and generous artistic endeavour; you may not always be able to be original but you can always be unique.

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3 Responses to “Why originality is overrated…”

  1. Marita Cheng March 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Geoff, this is a really great post! Your posts are very inspirational!

    I completely agree that though things have been done before, no one does things quite my way, so I’m just going to go out and contribute to society in my own way.

  2. geofftalbot March 6, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    I think your right… deeply personal art reveals the deepest truths and doesn’t have to be self indulgent

  3. Geoff, I see the same thing in music. How many times has the Kink’s “Your Really Got Me” been done? However, each version is unique, and I’ve liked each one. That’s what art is about.

    Great post!

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