Posted by: arizonad | May 21, 2007

Uniqueness Counts

The Gathering, the doll forum of which I’m a member, had a challenge back in February to doll a fragrance. Most of contestants made dolls based on their favorite perfume bottles. Now dolling with the crowd isn’t necessarily a bad thing (though in this case, there could be trademark issues), but if you’re going to enter a contest you need to stand out. So I did a generic scent – and one I detest as well!

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Base by Precious Pixels KH. Last modified February 17, 2007.

Gosh, I hate that stuff! The quickest way to ruin a perfume is to add musk.

About a month later, the results were in. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had won 3rd Place:

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This is my first win, place, or show type of award. I usually get beat out by at least three well-deserving entries. I checked out the poll. 1st place had over 10 votes and 2nd place had about 7, if I recall correctly. I had 3 votes, and there were lots of 2s. Many of the runners-up were no better or worse that I was, so I suspect that the unique subject of my doll helped me out.

Does uniqueness count? Not alone; you have to have the skills to pull it off first. But in a close contest uniqueness can tip the scales.

Edited March 25, 2008 to update link.

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