In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.
But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new.
The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends…
– Anton Egoh
In essence the life of new talent is a painful one. Your ideas are original and risky. You are often misunderstood and at times deemed weird and unusual. But that is always how its starts out.
Jesus was deemed a criminal, Walt Disney was considered unoriginal. Lady Gaga was booed off stage for being “too boring.” Industry execs turned down Dr. Dre’s The Chronic” calling it “not true hip hop.”
You can either develop the will to keep on, or you can allow peoples perceptions to define you. Creativity and change always comes from the margins. Its those who are outcast that develop the inner strength to become the leaders of tomorrow. Its the quirky of today that become the trend setters of tomorrow.
Have your idea and keep at it. Develop it and refine it. I’ve learned from experience that trying to fit in is weak so don’t allow yourself to settle. Trust your instincts, because if you dont have the guts to develop your idea, someone else may have thought something close to your own and do it themselves.
So do not be afraid to be original it pays off in the long run.