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Originality is Overrated
There is much talk in artsy circles about being “original”. I’m not even sure I know what that means. (Or if it exists.)
Of all the places to put our energy, I think this is among the more futile. It’s the wrong answer to the right question.
Is desiring originality (insert vague personal definition here) a good thing? Yes. Of course. If we can agree on the meaning. But however you define it, it’s merely a by-product.
You are already unique. If you do the work you do with honesty, integrity, curiousity, boldness, and courage, you will find your work as unique – and original – as you are.
If you aim for originality you may produce work that is indeed original. It’ll be unlike anything else, including you.