What Sets You Apart?
So how do we find a way to write about our work that's interesting? First ask yourself what sets you apart from other people. It's a horrible question to answer, horrible. If I say to you, "What sets you apart, what makes your unique?" Already, Sereid's like (laughter), "No, don't ask that." Because it's not something that's fun to answer about yourself, right? It is not fun. I don't like to answer it, you feel like you're just bragging if you answer that question. But these are the things that might set you apart. Your process of creating. That's one thing that you could write about that will set you apart from others, depending on your process. Your technique, the concept that you're working with within your image, your experience to create that work, or leading up to why you create in the first place. These are all things that you might need to make yourself interesting. I think that everyone is interesting. I really do, I think that hidden underneath sometimes many, many layers, is...
a nugget of interesting. And we're going to find the nugget, K? And we're gonna cook up that nugget, and then we're gonna serve it to everybody. It's weird, it's got really weird, it's OK. We're going to do that because it's in there somewhere. I used to think it was buried really, really, really far inside of me, I had never been called interesting before, I didn't think I had anything that made me stand apart from anybody else and then I started to realize that somebody will find you interesting. You just have to find that person and ask them, "What is it?" If you can't find that person, then you gotta figure it out for yourself. Do you guys already know what makes you interesting? (laughs) OK, well Samantha's really strongly saying no, even though you collect dead things. (laughter) So you're interesting, that was an easy one. We all have something. We all have something that sounds weird to somebody else and it's that thing that makes us interesting. Whatever makes people look at you like you're strange, whatever catches people's attention, it's going to be something, OK? Might be part of your personality, it might be your images, who knows?
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