It Aint For Amateurs

(Photo: Google Images.)

(Photo: Google Images.)

You always sit through the credits; that is if you’re a professional Media critic. But an amateur would get up as soon as the movie ended, and easily be identified by the elite class of experienced professionals.

We all have to start somewhere. And while you may not know it all, you can’t come off as if you don’t know anything.

In essence, an amateur is generally considered to be an individual “attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science in a non-professional or unpaid manner. Amateurs often have little or no formal training in their pursuits, and many are autodidacts (self-taught).”

Anyone can wake up and say “I’m an actor” or “I’m a musician”, but true expertise is something that is only gained through an active pursuit of knowledge.

Yet, creative individuals often find rules and commonalities restricting. Novelty and innovation breed creativity. Novelty and innovation are good, but they must be accompanied by knowledge of your field.

Amateurs have in them the ability to create new wonders,but they should still know the history of their art.

There is nothing wrong with being different and utilizing novelty. However, the choice to be different should be done as a well thought out and fully intentional action. Not simply out of ignorance. In other words, know your craft.

At some point an amateur aims to become an aficionado, but this can only be done when you truly have studied and found what works for you.

In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “every artists was first an amateur.”

This post was written by Reginald Calhoun. He is a junior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean and on Instagram @Les_geaux_jawn