It’s frustrating being a creative in a time that makes claiming other’s ideas as your own a very simple and potentially viral task.
How are you supposed to protect your idea?
Do you heavily watermark your images? At what point does that effort start lowering the value of the piece it’s meant to protect?
Or do you hide it away while you’re working, foregoing potentially valuable insights and input from peers that might improve the finished product? How do you measure that lost potential at the point of the great reveal?
When you aren’t sure you’ve got the skills to execute your idea by yourself, and you don’t have to connections or the capital to bring others on board, these are things you think about.
Spending time around other creatives, getting to know them, realizing that you are all in the same boat in trying to figure out what to do with your next project, this makes it easier to brainstorm out loud.
You realize that you might also have valuable input for another’s idea, able to fan their spark into flames when they have hit a snag.
You also realize that a simple suggestion from a colleague can solve a problem that you didn’t realize existed until it was fixed and your idea is better for it.
Isn’t this growth worth more than the fear that your idea might make a fortune without you?
I’m starting to see that it is.
This picture is a progression in the development of two characters. The stage on the lower right is the redesign I did just after New Year’s this year. I wasn’t ready to share it until the idea was executed.
It took me two years to get this far with them, and I’ve still got some work to do.
To contrast, last week my school told me about our two big projects: a ten second short for this term and a one minute short for the final project.
I had my character for the first one picked out last week, figured out a story premise and mocked up a video to figure out how to time it this week. We don’t officially start working on it for two weeks.
Tonight, I wrote the outline for my one-minute short. We don’t officially begin work on that until the middle of April.
Why the difference in growth of these ideas, you ask?
I shared the ideas and listened to the responses. It’s kind of invigorating!
I came up with the title for this post on the train home.
I wrote it in an hour.