How do I really feel about the blatant IP theft of my work?... :?/
I dug deeper.
I did better.
I worked even harder.
To be more real.
To simply be...
I worked harder than ever to find the place, the thing, that's so uniquely me that it's practically impossible for anyone to cop what I'm doing.
Because it's me and because there's only one me.
I have been secretly working on a new idea for years and no one, not even clients, coworkers, girlfriends, family or best friends had any idea what I was up to here and to tell you the truth it was glorious!
I've had the domain name for all this since the 90's!
How's that for dedication to an idea?
So, when I say it took a long time to come to fruition for me to properly envision this, it's not an understatement.
And this, this time around,...
Is all mine.
Warts and all.
My little personal rock.
This is as authentic and genuine and I can be and as authentically creative as I can make it in every moment.
And like me, it's a continual work-in-progress.
See, I didn't have to name any names here, or call out any stations or anything.
I didn't even give a reference to exactly what I'm talking about.
Because you know exactly who you are and this is really just between us.
And now you also know what I was up to all along while you were following me down a false rabbit hole zigging and zagging to only throw 'ya off my tail in the first place as to what I was really working on.
How's that feel?
I bet! :?/
How ridiculous did what you were ripping me off on look to me when I was working on something completely different the entire time you were blatantly stealing what I was creating.
In the hopes of what???
What were you trying to accomplish?
I will never ever understand that mentality at all.
I only hope you can now go find your own, true voice instead of trying to steal someone else's.
I really do.
I'm sure you have one.
We all do.
But this one...
Sorry, you can't have it.
At least not this time.
You couldn't even scratch the surface of any of this anyway.
We both know that.
I mean, sure, you can go ahead and try.
But good luck with all that.
Do you have another 20-30 years to dedicate your entire life to learning a good few dozen creative skill-sets?
Do you compose music?
Play 5 instruments?
Spent years and years holed-up in a room learning those?
Do you know how to engineer and produce your own music as well?
I have spent decades learning how to write, draw, learn graphic design and marketing as well as learning how to shoot video and edit video and also use all the software that's involved in putting this together.
I am a life-long-learner.
I will never stop learning or deveoping my work and myself.
I will never be... done.
Oh, and do you also do all your own sales and create all the supporting materials?
Are you ever out pounding the pavement in zero degree weather for days?
Funny, because I have never seen you out there on the streets in any kind of weather at any time of the year nor has anyone else for that matter. And I'm out 4 days week all year in many of the exact same shops.
And believe me, I've asked around.
Oh, there's been plenty of "pinky-swear" conversations about all of this between me and lots of local shop owners all over WNY.
Ever live out of you car for months on end because you believed in what you were doing so much that it literally, cost you everything else?
Have you ever believed in anything so completely?
Ever have your craft almost kill you several times?
No, I thought not.
Can you also design and code you own website?
Ever took years to learn something like that?
No, I thought you didn't do that either.
No, you'll just steal any idea you think will make you money or be an opportunity for self-promotion and self-aggrandizing and have other people you probably pay nothing to do all the heavy-lifting.
And if you think that I was bragging here about my skill-sets?
I could list many, many more here.
It's just to point out some cold-hard-truths that separate someone like me from someone like you.
I have sacrificed everything and spent decades dedicating my entire life, time and energy to learn all of the skill-sets it takes to be able to single-handedly pull all of this together.
It has been beyond hard, challenging and difficult.
So, no bragging here, just the truth.
I earned this.
Through decades of blood, sweat and tears.
What have you ever earned?
Because I know you know I am talking directly to you.
Soooo, tell me?
I earned this....
All of it.
Over decades of unbearably difficult times, struggle and loss.
No, you just took it.
You see something that looks like it can make you money and can get you ahead and you immediately proceed to selfishly, thoughtlessly, unethically, skim the surface of something that isn't even yours to begin with and then, then... you have the complete straight-up-unmitigated-balls, to unabashedly steal the exact name, creative content style and business model and call it your own putting your name in it.
Shameful, is what that is.
And I am sorry...
This time around...
Is mine! ~AA