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Well, this one has been a long time coming.
It's an ugly formula that reads something like: Inide + Mass Exposure X validation = GRIN.
It's a youtube universe, no doubt about that and the ability to "market" yourself is a welcome and important part of the way we as artists take steps out into the world these days.
however, it seems to me that the word "Market" has lost its own definition in the process.
The reason I am writing this is beacuse a friend of mine just posted a teaser trailer on youtube which when i saw it, I imidiately realized just might be one of those concepts that is timely, original, but still true enough to the genre that it could be a very viable film, and even a break out money maker if the right set of circumstances were to evolve.
Then i thought; Hey, If I'm thinking this, how many others are thinking this?
Then the fact that he had posted it on youtube for the world to steal, hit me with with a state of panic on his behalf.
The point being the word Market, really refers to well... THE MARKET...!!!
As creatives, our ideas are what makes us each individually viable in the market, and sometimes we are so quick to get our share of youtube fame, that we do not realize that we are effectively splattering our own valuable secret recipes into a cannibalistic market of drooling competitors.
Think about it; there is a reason Coke has protected the ingredients of its trade dominating product for so many years.
PEOPLE!!! when you have a good idea! KEEP IT TO YOURSELF, develop it, search out trusted and key individuals who can help you get it going inthe right direction, DO NOT sacrifice snippets of genius to the youtube gods.
YOU CANNOT COPYRIGHT A CONCEPT!!!!
AND YOU CAN EASILY GET YOURSELF A
SUPERMAX GRADE SANS-LUBE SCREWING,
WITH NOT SO MUCH AS A HALF-CIGARETTE IN RETURN.
yeah, you know him... but then again, you know everyone, my dear Ken.
This falls under the category, "Don't give pearls to swine." And rip-off artists are swine. Great advice to develop the full story first, register it, then share. And in that order.
I agree! But what is the "market"? You write a great screenplay, you submit to festivals, it wins an award... then what? YouTube is great for popularity confirmation however are the ones who count in changing your hobby into a career watching YouTube?! Now what???