So it turns out that not all copy cats are from Ballarat, SHOCK. (For those with no clue what I’m talking about right now, ignore this reference, Ballarat is a freezing big town/small city in regional Victoria, Australia).
Lately, as we’ve been developing and growing the blog, the subjects of ‘copy cats’ has been playing on my mind. Do copy cats even exist in this modern world? Hasn’t everything been done before? Do original ideas even exist? What is creativity these days? I could go on with these curious rhetorical questions forever, but for your sake, I won’t.
The creative industry is a funny place, sometimes you will create something that you think is absolutely brilliant, fresh, original, and unique and then you will see that someone suspiciously had else had a similar brilliant, fresh, original, unique idea too. Sometimes this can get us creative types down but it shouldn’t! Because at the end of the day…
You’re irreplaceable (Beyonce voice)
Nobody can replicate the passion and soul you put into your work. The hours of tinkering, editing, and consideration that goes into your work is irreplaceable.
A plethora of ideas live in your own brain!
You have the ability to tap into that wild imagination of yours and create something from nothing and that is a skill copy cats wish they had!
You know what’s up
Even if someone has created something similar to you, their work will never be the exact same as yours. Yours will always be authentic and genuine to you, which is a comforting thought.
You don’t have worry about being unique
When copycats copy, they have to stress about whether their work looks like they’ve copied it from somewhere else, you don’t have to strive for this because your idea is all yours. You don’t have to protect that uniqueness either, it’s all yours!
Copy cats won’t prosper
The thing about copycats is that at some point they will have to start carving their own path and doing their own thing or they will fade into the shadows of mediocrity in the creative world. If your ideas and creations are from your heart and mind, you will never have to worry about this happening.
Don’t let fear get in the way
On the flip side, the final thing to remember is to not let the fear of attracting copy cats or being a copycat cripple your creativity. Don’t fear that your own ideas aren’t original enough or that your ideas are too original that everyone will copy your work. That is just counterproductive. Let your creativity flow and shine, be inspired and let YOUR soul do the talking in your creative endeavours.
Let us know your thoughts!