Time to return to basics
Have we lost the true meaning of Talent or has the word’s absorption into the contemporary mainstream vocabulary simply diminished its impact?
A cursory glance at the definition reads A marked innate ability, as for artistic accomplishment which suggests a natural aptitude in a given field that sets an individual apart from their contemporaries.
However, far from harvesting talent for the betterment of artistic endeavour, there appears to be an alarming increase in a form of homogeneous output that has more to do with promoting the bottom line. It is the lowering of the bar of what has become artistically acceptable which is of most concern as it provides a breeding ground for mediocrity and creates a complacency among some movers and shakers of creative industries who seem to believe success is inextricably dependent on maintaining the status quo.
Originality and innovation are the lifeblood of all forms of creative pursuit and must remain so. Diluting that mix increases the risk of exposing each new generation to an ever-weakening form of insipid and pedestrian creativity with the danger of chronic stagnation in the absence of any authoritative example to measure against.
Talent should be venerated and recognised for its own sake, not in terms of its monetary value at the expense of all else. Rarely is it the finished article some in authority would like. It requires nurturing and, like most things in life worth pursuing, endless patience. There is no quick fix.
Some movers and shakers of industry may consider the financial risks too prohibitive, but nothing is without risk. Talent must be regarded as the essential precondition for promoting everything that is good about the creative industry.