Today, we continue our series called SECRETS OF THE STREETS, which is for young & aspiring Entertainers.
(as posted on twitter @tejubabyfacetv)
#secretsofthestreets/1. Today I write on the topic ‘NOTHING IS ORIGINAL’. A lot has been said about the subject of originality within several industries
#secretsofthestreets/2. From jokes, to music and song and movie ideas, an argument is always in the offing & a ruckus afoot!
#secretsofthestreets/3. Questions such as ‘who stole what belonged to whom’ and ‘who didn’t get credit for their original idea’ always seem to arise
#secretsofthestreets/4. And wait first, should anybody even steal at all? Can’t you come up with your own original ideas and stuff?
#secretsofthestreets/5. This is what we will be discussing today. Or rather, what I will be writing & you will read! Hopefully.
#secretsofthestreets/6. And my commitment to this treatise is that I start with a quote from a famous man. Copying straight away! (Wink)
#secretsofthestreets/7. “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination…”
#secretsofthestreets/8. “Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations…”
#secretsofthestreets/9. “Architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds..light & shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul…”
#secretsofthestreets/10. “If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent…”
#secretsofthestreets/11. “And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it…”
#secretsofthestreets/12. “In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to…”
#secretsofthestreets/13. All the afore-stated (in quotes) was said by Filmmaker, Jim Jarmusch, in an interview that he granted, which I ‘copied’
#secretsofthestreets/14 What a potentially controversial subject this one! LOL! I can almost see effigies being strung up!
#secretsofthestreets/15. What follows here is my modest take on the whole subject of originality- at this time- if I may be granted the levity of opining
#secretsofthestreets/16. At the beginning of your career I encourage you to copy greatness as much as you can! (ehn! What? Did he just say that?)
#secretsofthestreets/17. There is even a machine that revolutionized the world called a Copying Machine. I am sure you have seen one before
#secretsofthestreets/18. However, if you contravene any statutes in copying, then you have become a thief and WHEN they catch you, well, best of luck!
#secretsofthestreets/19. As long as it stays within the confines of the law and morality and respect, then copy! A child copies his father; I copied my mentors to be here
#secretsofthestreets/20. I mean, where would I be today without the jokes and priceless gags of @sorgical (Basorge Tariah) & @alibabagcfr?
#secretsofthestreets/21. The jokes of those 2 gentlemen (Basorge & Ali B) were nearly all I had at the beginning of a Corporate Emceeing career
#secretsofthestreets/22. However, before you take this as license to appropriate other people’s work shamelessly, let me point stuff out!!!
#secretsofthestreets/23. I was a certified protégée of @sorgical (Basorge Tariah) & @alibabagcfr. I served time under them learning the art
#secretsofthestreets/24. In other words I used the jokes of @sorgical (Basorge Tariah) & @alibabagcfr with not only their blessings but also coaching!
#secretsofthestreets/25. But not everyone will have the privilege of serving with their idols or heroes so what to do? Well, read on
#secretsofthestreets/26. The Wright brothers (who gave us the 1st sustained flight) flew the first recorded flight across the United States in 1911
#secretsofthestreets/27. The flight took many days and they stopped 70 times and crash landed many times (that must have been some journey!)
#secretsofthestreets/28. In 1990, another aircraft called the SR-71 blackbird did the same journey, that is west coast to east coast, in 64 minutes!!!
#secretsofthestreets/29. You get the point, yes? If nobody had copied the Wright brothers, we wouldn’t have the magnificent planes we have today
#secretsofthestreets/30. In the beginning it is alright to want to be like somebody else and use some of their work even if you haven’t met them BUT!
#secretsofthestreets/31. BUT what? GIVE CREDIT AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY YOU GET! LET PEOPLE KNOW THE WORK ISNT YOURS!
#secretsofthestreets/32. It is a crime to consciously steal other people’s creative works and ideas and pass it off as your own!
#secretsofthestreets/33. In more developed places, there is an offence punishable by law called copyright infringement! A BIG offence
#secretsofthestreets/34. They say we have it in Nigeria too. Copyright laws. Really? You could have fooled me! With our traffic supermarkets?
#secretsofthestreets/35. The next time you buy a DVD or CD or BOOK (or anything) in traffic, know that you have just (in all likelihood) aided & abetted a crime
#secretsofthestreets/36. The good news though is that at a level of dedicated knowledge acquisition, copying crystallizes into Mastery!
#secretsofthestreets/37. If you give credit to whom it is due, there is a level you reach where you begin to have your own original thoughts
#secretsofthestreets/38. Or so it will seem to you. Let me borrow a thought from another great man to underscore this on-going point
#secretsofthestreets/39. “BOOKS SERVE TO SHOW A MAN THAT THOSE ORIGINAL THOUGHTS OF HIS AREN’T VERY NEW AFTER ALL.” ― ABRAHAM LINCOLN
#secretsofthestreets/40. Hehe! I like that! If you read & write a lot, it is often risky to claim that you have an ‘original’ thought!
#secretsofthestreets/41. You would be wrong and right all at the same time, because who you have become is a sum and equation of many parts
#secretsofthestreets/42. You & your thought process are the totality of all the people whom you have ‘copied’, consciously or otherwise
#secretsofthestreets/43. And this brings us full circle, back to where we started. In a sense, you can’t really help copying or imitating
#secretsofthestreets/44. Whether you are aware or not, you are who you are today largely due to the influences of/in your life
#secretsofthestreets/45. I have heard it said that humans (not only kids) are like sponges soaking up everything around them
#secretsofthestreets/46. Which is why you should be careful as to what or whom you expose yourself to, or what you feed your mind with
#secretsofthestreets/47. Sooner or later, you are going to exhibit major traits of your most dominant influences with or without your consent
#secretsofthestreets/48. I believe it was Ebenezer Obey who sang ‘ko s’ohun tuntun l’abe orun mo…’ (There is nothing new under the sun)
#secretsofthestreets/49. So are you copying with grace and giving credit where it is due, within the law & morality, observing the golden rule?
#secretsofthestreets/50. Or are you a brazen, shameless thief, appropriating the works of others without regard? (Not you of course)
#secretsofthestreets/51. Again, I have said enough! See you next week. Signing out, King of Talk