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Friday 6 May 2011

Talent? No-one Cares

When you were young, you found out you had talent. Some people can put a sentence together better than others, some can sing a nice tune.

You think that's your ticket.

But talent isn't personal. Talent doesn't resonate.

But your personal story does. The tales and tumbles that make you a unique person.

A hundred years from now you're dead. There'll be others who can sing, others who can light a scene or hold a paintbrush.

But none of them have your fingerprints. Your handwriting is your own and when you look out of your window at night you see it in a way that only you can see.

Show us that. We want to know what you feel, and how it hurts you, and how it makes you scream with joy.


  1. I was just talking about this with some friends last night at an arts centre in Reading. It's so important to capture and interpret your individual experience in your work. That's what makes it different and what makes people interested in it.

    I'm just about to embark on a re-write of something I worked on yesterday for that very reason so it was great to come here first and read your post. Thank you.

  2. Perhaps it's always been to my benefit that I have never been the out and out talented one - especially not with respect to 'artistic' flairs. Doesn't mean I didn't try, but in all honesty it was never going to fly. So I got by on my personality... oh, and secretly judging people in the corner but that's neither here nor there ;)

  3. What a very interesting post and so very true. I found this post very inspiring. Thanks.

  4. Thumbs up with your post! awesome article.. I like the concept about personality and talents that we have.. :)

  5. There it is!! here in this blog.

    I like the way you concluded these thoughts about the fingerprint, and the unique touch on the world.

  6. Happy Frog - Good luck with the re-write!

    Bruce - The tumbles; horrible to go through but fantastic for writing! :S

    Univarn - Have you been secretly judging me in the corner!? Please don't be too harsh! :)

    Dolly - Thank you for the kind words! :)

    Happy Nappers - Thanks!

    Anonymous - What do you mean when you say 'There it is!! here in this blog."? Would love to understand more.

  7. i like your line "The tales and tumbles that make you a unique person."

  8. Hmmm...neither hurts or makes me scream with joy. It just is...true.