Is Your Big Break Taking Longer Than You Expected? Then You Might Be a Late Bloomer

Late bloomers take longer to figure out their path in life.

Note: The original version of this article was posted in March 2012.

As creatives, every album/ novel/ painting that we create should move us one step closer to connecting with our Muse.

We can start our careers imitating the work of a favourite mentor. We can make stuff that is trendy at the time. With every stride we take, however, we want to progress toward making art that aligns with our deepest, truest selves.

This is hard to do. For some, it takes a lifetime to make work that is true to their soul.

Every artist will have a different reason for why they struggle to make work that they can claim as theirs (and only theirs).

Introducing Late Bloomers

One reason making authentic work is hard is because some artists are Late Bloomers.

In one of Malcolm Gladwell’s articles from What the Dog Saw, he explores the question of why some artists are able to make great, authentic art right from the get-go, while others take years to hone their style.

Gladwell writes:

Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth.

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Four Videos That Dig Deep Into the Essence of Creativity

Image by Annie Bannanie

Where is the line to be drawn between remixing material and downright stealing it? That is one of the questions addressed in the following 4 part video series Everything is a Remix. It also addresses the recent history of creative remixing in the technology industry, the basic elements of creativity, copyright laws, and more.

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