Are you doing what other artists are doing?
Are you painting the same images? Taking photographs of the same scenes? Using the same materials? Saying the same thing on your blog?
It’s time to break away and do your own thing. Take a lesson from cycling.
The peloton is the core, large group of riders (often 100 or more) in any bike race. You might have stragglers far behind them, especially on the mountain stages, but most riders remain safe within the confines of the peloton.
What makes a race interesting are the breakaway riders. These are the cowboys–the ones who get out in front of the peloton early in the stage.
[Spoiler alert: Don't continue reading if you don't want to know the outcome of stage 16 in the Tour de France.]
In today’s stage of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong joined the breakaway, which included 8 other riders and finished nearly 7 minutes ahead of the peloton.
Unlike today’s stage, most breakaways don’t succeed in hanging on to the lead until the finish line.
So, why do the riders spend so much energy gaining time if they know their chances for success are slim?
The cowboys break away from the main group of riders in order to get time in the limelight for themselves and for their teams. The cameras are on them for a couple of hours or longer. Announcers repeat their names and their teams’ names over and over again. It’s an opportunity that doesn’t exist when you’re in a group of more than 100 riders.
You see where this is going, don’t you?
Wouldn’t you like some time in the limelight?
You can’t stand out if your art looks like art by other artists or if you do everything the same way other artists are doing it.
How will you distinguish yourself? How will you cowboy up?