Grooming a Tastemaker

Taste starts with a good teacher, someone who introduces a diversity of interests in books, music, art, or sports. Influencers can be a family member, a friend, or someone you admire.

It’s no surprise that people with interesting tastes are also well-traveled. Seeing different parts of the world introduces you to all types of things.

But taste is more than a platter of worldly interests. It also requires individual curiosity and the desire for newness.

To taste is to experiment and discover. There’s no limit on the quantity of content consumed. One the tastemaker learns how to spot new things, they become an influencer themselves.

People with good tastes know how to identify the good stuff while ignoring the bias of the mainstream. Tastemakers are consumers, curators, creators, and trendsetters all in one. It’s their job to teach others how to see the world and notice obscure things.

“Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas.”

Susan Sontag
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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.