Quite a call to arms, that Twisted Sister song from back in (gulp!) 1984.....I think I even owned the album. Well, I loved the song back in the day - not sure why, but what else was a restless teenage girl to do? But then again, who did not shake their fists in the air at some middle school dance screaming "WERE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE" back in the mid '80's? Funny thing is back then I had no idea what the song meant....other than being a teenager was SOOOO awesome, and shoulder pads, and acid washed jeans, and pumps, and lip gloss, and Madonna.....oops sorry I digress.
Now that I am quite past the teenage years, hell I am a teenager 3 times over, those years are quite a blur. Other than the random note or photograph I find from back in the day, or a long forgotten song that I hear on the radio, I don't spend much time dwelling on those turbulent years.
Today, after finding out some information about a competitor in my industry, the Twisted Sister song immediatley popped into my head - my mantra if you will. I actually had to go and put it on my i-pod and watch the video on u-tube....I know, I know what a great use of my time at the office....at least I am not banging my head into the keyboard.
So, I have addressed this copying, imitating, forging - you know the drill, subject many times. I have touched on, I have ranted on the subject, I have brought up other artists who have been copied, I have even cried about it. Though, I have not done anything about it, I have basically just sat back, watched, waited - and maybe, uh sort of sulked about it a few times (my husband an attest to this).
I am done I tell you. I am ready to address this head on - because....."I am mad as hell and I am not gonna take it anymore". Seriously, the industry I work in copy-cat artists multiply, just like Gremlins (sorry, could not help the other 80's reference). If it is not a bedding designer, it is an artist, or a new product idea, or a lamp, or a shoe, or a bag - as soon as they reach some form of success, 14 others pop up. That old saying, 'You haven't made it till someone knocks you off ' must hold true in the Children's Industry. So, considering what is out there today, and what I know is coming.......whoo hoo I made it America!
So, that being said I will be delving into this subject, with interviews from other entrepreneurs, trail blazers, known and unknown artisans and business owners in my industry. They will each be giving their opinions, their advice and their stories. As I stated in a much earlier blog; My mother would lead me to believe copying is the 'highest form' of a flattery........uh, ya NO it isn't Mom, no it isn't!