What is ‘originality’?

December 18, 2010

Creativitythe use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.

Everybody is their own creator.  We are in charge of our destiny.  I find myself getting lost in the definition of creativity.  ‘Original’ means what?  Everything that somebody comes up with, they think is original, until they find that someone else, thousands of miles away, in the middle of nowhere, has already come up with the same concept.  So what does this mean?  Is anybody truly creative?  A few years ago I had a friend tell me that I was copying her and that everything that I had become, was because of her.  This made me laugh because did she honestly think that she was the only one in the world dressing the way that she dressed, listening to the music she listened too, ect.  I believe that we are all molds of each other.  We all create what has already been created but in our own way, which is creativity right?  But is anything truly original?  Films come out every weekend to reveal a new story that sometimes we think is unreal, but is it?  Most of what people come up with or write has already been done or said before.  For instance, in 2005 I was writing a film about someone who created a false life through the internet and be-friended a young girl.  Two years later ‘Catfish’ arrive in theaters but the writer was not me.  I created something that was ‘original’ that someone else also created two years later.  So, I guess my real question is, how is everybody in the world supposed to be original?

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