“If there’s something you believe in and want to put out into the world, even if it’s a bit different, just go do it.” – Chloe Coscare
“Don’t worry about being original. Just be authentic.” Elizabeth Gilbert
I don’t like to talk about things that are controversial. I don’t care for arguing or causing a one-sided view on anything, especially on the internet. I appreciate an easy going nature and a zest for life, not drama. With that being said, I thought about skipping the last day of this challenge for that reason alone. Then I really dug deep and thought of what I might be passionate enough about to share in this space. Well, there is one little thing.
I feel that we lose a lot of creativity because of social media. We are afraid of sharing new things because it might not be accepted, but also because so many of us have been only liking the trending stream of certain types of images. I do understand, however, that there comes a style with various social medias, but the purpose is yours alone. I say images because that’s essentially how we share online. Sometimes our words matter, other times not much. I am completely guilty of this myself. I had seen a friend post on Instagram, a caption that said, “the most “Instagram” looking portrait I’ve ever taken.” That kind of stuck with me. What does that even mean? We’re all trying to copy a similar idea/style to gain followers and popularity. It took me awhile to translate quality versus quantity into social media and realize that while I hope to inspire and encourage people through my work, that it’s also genuine.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being inspired by others’ work and molding that to fit your style. In fact, that’s pretty much what creativity is. I read in the book, How To Steal Like An Artist, that no idea is original. Someone has thought of it before, and that’s ok. We simply change those things into what we feel is a good fit for us. We ALL had to begin somewhere. Our work likely sucked back then, just like everyone else who is just starting. Take time, be patient, put in the work, and you will perfect your craft. Study others who inspire you and learn from them.
I watched an inspiring CreativeLive session once with a talented photographer, where she also created a Facebook group for her followers to come together and share their work and get critiqued. It wasn’t long before I saw literally every single person in that group completely change the face of their business to do exactly what she was doing, because she shared her secrets about her success. If you think it’s a good fit for you, go for it! I understand that it takes practice, but there is a certain level of “natural” in your talent. I absolutely incorporated some of the lessons I learned from her, but I did not change my business. The same can be said for presets and filters that are offered. There’s nothing wrong with using a tool someone else has worked hard on and perfected. But you can CUSTOMIZE that tool to a personal style of your liking. You don’t have to use them at full capacity to be like everyone else who is using it, and I think that’s most where creativity is falling apart.
All in all, social media is an insanely powerful tool. It can make or break so many businesses these days, including my own. Most businesses wouldn’t even exist without social media. And whether you have a business or it’s just for your personal use, absolutely use it to its full potential, but don’t be afraid to stand out. Start your own trend, be daring. You might be the new face of something incredible!