RESPECT THE GROWTH: ANTI-CARICATURE
When pursuing a life of creativity its easy to slip into monotony, doing things only for money, social media approval, or feeling like you have to do it. I always thought about the Charlamagne quote , “Never become a caricature of yourself.” For those unfamiliar w/ the word caricature let’s start with a definition:
a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
How about an example of when people tried to make me become a caricature of myself. For those who don’t know, I’m quite the dapper young fellow. Ever since high school, I’ve always been known to “Dress Up” suits,loafers,etc. When you do something long enough people just expect that to come from you. People used the suits to try to box me in. No one could imagine me rapping because I “didn’t look like a rapper”. People was extremely shocked when I wore gym shoes. They thought literally everything I wore was POLO. It was actually kinda annoying.
If I was to allow people to box me in , I wouldn’t allow myself to grow and I would be in a stagnate frame just being the guy who dress up and whatever was associated with dressing up. I couldn’t allow that to happen.
It’s like when people watch a Charlamagne interview and expect him to just be rude/crude to his guests for no reason just because he’s known for being raw with his guests. If he was to allow himself to become a caricature of himself he would become a lame ass spectacle saying stuff just for reactions and views. He couldn’t let that happen.
So just because you’ve been doing something for a while or you’re known for doing something doesn’t mean you are bound to that idea of yourself. You are allowed to change at any moment, whether people like it or not.