I have a deep obsession for SyFy’s competition show, FaceOff. Not only do I find it substantially more complicated than other competition shows, but it also provides a good message…especially for writers.

For those not familiar, FaceOff is a competition show for special effect makeup artists. Each week contestants are challenged to create a series of design concepts based around a theme. While contestants on other competition shows bitch at one another for an hour, FaceOff contestants work. The show is divided into three phases – designing, sculpting, and application. Models wear the final product on stage for the judges. The results are nothing short of amazing!

Despite being on for eleven seasons, I only heard about the show last year. However, I instantly became hooked. The contestants are extremely talented and love what they do. I admit, the show motivated me to look into a career in special effects. Unfortunately, it was too expensive and I have enough student loans to pay off.

How Does This Apply to Writers?

One of the most notable things on FaceOff, is the comradery among contestants. There’s no hatred or desire for others to fail. In fact, they often help one another at various times throughout the competition.

I’ve always been hesitant to involve others in my creative projects. When I tried to involve others in the past, I found we butted heads. I even had one occasion where I mentored a creative who then stole my job from me! (I saw it coming, but it wasn’t a very good job anyway).

As I continue to involve myself in the writing community, however, I’ve had a change of heart. In writing groups, I see writers helping writers. On Twitter I see writing prompts where writers freely exchange ideas. After so many bad “teamwork” experiences, it is refreshing to see how collaborative the writing community can be.

In writing, just like on Face Off, the fear of “idea stealing” is ridiculous. After all, it isn’t about the idea; it’s about the interpretation of the idea. In the creative field, a single idea can generate a thousand different interpretations. And, that’s what we call “good for business”.

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Happy collaborating!

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