Inspiration vs. Robbery

Inspiration vs. Robbery

Inspiration. It’s an amazing thing. It’s a creative source. An influence you can pull from. However, sometimes “inspiration,” the actual word itself, gets misused. Use inspiration as a kick-starter to your OWN creativity. Don’t do an exact replica of your inspiration because that my friends is called copying. Think of plagiarism when writing a research paper for class. If you take word for word what another book says and claim it as your own words, that is no longer research. All you’re showing is that you can write what you’re reading. Same goes for inspiration in the arts.

Know the difference between inspiration and straight up copying. Sometimes that line is gray and tricky. Be influenced but not to the point where your art is like a mirror image of your influence. I feel like I’m sounding like a broken record, but this is so important. As artists we put our work out there to hopefully capture a moment, an emotion, tell a story, inspire others, etc. However, we put it out there with the risk of it being “robbed.” Don’t pull a robbery on your fellow artists. No one likes thieves, so let’s continue this cycle of inspiration but end the stealing! Keep your own voice! Oh and don’t you worry, the art community has a neighborhood watch to help stop these robberies. 🙂

Now before I go into my example, let me start off by saying that I am such a fan of Beyonce. I love her music and her performances. I think she’s an amazing artist all around. That hasn’t changed. 4 is still in heavy rotation for me. However, I saw this video a few weeks ago and was really taken back. “Wow!” was the exact word that came out of my mouth.

What do you guys think? Let’s get this conversation going! Shoot your comments below!

Oh and don’t get me started on these Forever 21 designs. Tsk Tsk. Woof.

Written by Angel Alzona

Angel Alzona is the co-founder of Art Room Collective. She is also the director of social media for Keyes Auto Group and a field producer for the Emmys.