How are you doing? Hope okay.
Tomorrow is the 4th LMUF!!!Yippeeeee! I'm so excited 'cos i'm going to be in a hall full of makeup *claps hands with glee*, and i'll get to see my friends in the industry who i haven't seen in a looooong time! Of course i won't be coming back home empty-handed.
Dearly beloved.... Today, i'm here to rant about something that has eaten deep into not just the makeup industry, but every industry there is.
Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
Synonyms : Copying, infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing; informal cribbing.
Plagiarism is a serious offense, and i don't know why people fail to understand that. Do you know how many times i've come across pictures on instagram that original owners of works post, telling their followers to be wary of those who have stolen their works and passed it off as theirs?
Sometime ago, someone lifted my pictorial pictures from this blog, cropped off my name and posted them on her channel. She also lifted the my write-up and posted them along with the pictures, but she added a few words of her own. That's how she passed my work off as hers, giving me NO single credit whatsoever! My attention was called to the channel, and i joined it. I thanked her right there for posting my pictorial, and i posted a link to my blog. People had some questions about the pictorial, and i answered them......guess what? I went back some hours later and saw that she deleted my replies to those who had questions. The nerve! She has no idea how much time i put into that pictorial, yet she lifted it and passed it off as her own on her channel! See ehn, if she had done her own pictorial *inspired by mine* and posted on her channel, it wouldn't have been a big deal to me.
How can you just comfortably and happily
Do you know the number of hours the original owner put into his/her work? And then you go ahead and lift it without giving credit to whom it is due? For heaven's sake, if you must lift, give credit! It's not rocket-science, its not too hard to do.....GIVE CREDIT!
It's a different thing when you see a look someone has done and try to create the same look, or when you see a painting or a jewelry set someone has done, and then you make a copy. That's called a 'Copy', and you should also give credit to the original creator in this case too.
Why would you print your advert fliers or sign-board using pictures of another makeup artist's work? Why not just get yourself a model, make her up, take pictures of her face and use on your fliers and sign-boards? Is it because you think your work is not good enough? If you think so, then why not work on your skills to get better so that your work would be good enough for you to put up on your sign-board or advert flyer?
Why do you want to deceive your prospective clients into thinking that your work is as good as the pictures you lifted and used as your advert? And then, when she goes ahead and hires you, trusting you to do a beautiful job on her face....... you flop! You don't meet up to the standard she expected you to have. Do you think she'll be happy with you or refer you to others? Do you really? Are you freaking kidding me?!!
Instead of doing that and spoiling your business by yourself, why not do it this way........work on yourself to hone your skills, display pictures of your own work. People who like YOUR work would hire you, and when you make them up, they would still be pleased with you because what they saw that made them hire you is what they would get from you.....You get?
The guy who did my sister's wedding decor showed us breath-taking pictures of venues he 'supposedly' decorated. I was convinced that he was good at events decorating, and i got my sister to give him the job, only for him to disappoint us woefully! Apparently, those pictures weren't his....he stole them and passed them off as his. I still feel guilty and pained till this day.
A makeup artist friend of mine did a beautiful look on her face and it went viral on instagram. One morning, she sent me the picture on BBM, and guess what, her name was cropped off, and another person's name was splayed boldly across her face. My mouth hung open in shock. Some people have guts sha.
I remember when i was in the events business, i wanted to print flyers, and a 'friend' of mine advised me to use pictures of other people's work on my flyers. i hadn't executed any job myself, so i had no pictures to use. So she urged me to use other people's pictures. It didn't sit well with me, so i couldn't do it. I told her that if i wanted pictures, i would rather wait until i got my first event-planning gig, then i would use the pictures i worked for. That way, i would be proud of myself knowing that they were mine and mine alone......and that was even before i knew about plagiarism and how bad it was. I obviously didn't make any sense to her.
Seriously, if you are guilty of this act, you need to stop it. Stop lifting pictures of people's makeup jobs, people's events decor pictures, beads jewelry pictures and ideas. It is a crime biko! Some people don't know it's a serious offense, so i'm hoping this post would educate such people. You could get sued.....seriously.
Finally, if someone copies your work and gives you credit, please acknowledge it. Don't act all uppity like everyone else is beneath you. You should be proud that people look up to you and copy the work you do *I said 'Copy', not stealing the original work and passing it off as theirs*. If they tag you on Instagram, acknowledge and encourage them....don't look down your noses at them as if you are royalty, and they are commoners. If my work is copied, and i'm given credit, i will acknowledge the person, and i'll be so happy knowing that someone values my work and loved it enough to copy it. But if the person copies me, doesn't give me credit and then gives me any kind of attitude, they'll only succeed in pissing me off!.
Ok, that's enough ranting for one afternoon.
See you at the fair tomorrow!
PS: If you do not agree with my rant, please let me know in the comment section...i'll like to know what you think about this plagiarism issue. Do you hate me after reading this post? I love you too! Hahaha!