When you sign up to be an artiste or any public figure, you automatically sign up to be a brand. Every brand is unique. You can’t mistaken the details of one brand for another. In as much as we want value for our money. We will always associate with the most original brands.
In our day and age, we are opened to influences from all over the world. It is important to draw inspiration from diverse sources to add up to your craft. The point is to pick elements which are applicable to your situation and make do with them. Not to copy blindly and end up as a typical of the source. Because when you copy someone, you end up promoting the person instead of yourself. And also no one will go in for the fake when they can have the original.
Being original is as simple as being yourself. Don’t come to the game as someone else. Don’t let anybody craft a persona for you simply because that will sell. It might sell but at the end of the day you will have to keep up with that publicly accepted brand for a long time. The joy or conflict lies between the version of you presented to the world and your real self. If it is the latter, then it will be uncomfortable pill to swallow for long.
Some say this is showbiz and you have to show something. Some may choose to trade too much skin, being controversial or riding on cheap publicity stunt for attention. Always remember, if you fake it the consequences will break you.
Being original is not a choice it’s your chore. You have to constantly work on yourself, your craft and your brand. From your sounds to your melodies, to your visuals, to your presence online and more all make you unique and also influence your fans.
Irrespective of the genre you choose to do, let the world have you to deal with not anybody else. Think of how you can affect each song or sound with your personal original flavour. Only with that will we ride with you for a long time.
BEING ORIGINAL IS NOT A CHOICE, ITS YOUR CHORE.