“You should constantly try to paint like someone else. But the thing is, you can’t! You would like to. You try. But it turns out to be a botch…. And it’s at the very moment you make a botch of it that you’re yourself.”
Whether it’s painting, writing college essays, or composition, it’s very relevant. Especially because I often try to emulate my favorite composers in my music, but it never turns out quite the same. Now I know that that doesn’t mean I’m lacking in skill; it just means that I’m that much closer to finding my own voice.