How being yourself will help you find your muse
"CLOSE THE DOOR. WRITE WITH NO ONE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER. DON'T TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU; FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY. IT'S THE ONE AND ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO OFFER."
While imitating those you admire might put you on the path to finding your muse, you will only truly find it in yourself. Do not try to be the “next” anyone, instead let your own creative style come out and find yourself becoming inspired by yourself.
Own thy self
How many “the next Michael Jordan’s” have there been in the NBA already? How many actors have been the next Brando or James Dean? Who is the “Next Marilyn Monroe” today? How many writers are sitting in their basement plucking away at their computer hoping to be the next Steven King or John Updike? The media world is full of “next’s” and even when someone truly original appears on the scene, they still wind up being the “next somebody”.
It is ok to aspire to be like your favorite artist, but aspiring to be the “next” someone should not lead you to becoming their exact clone. When you are looking for your muse, it is okay to imitate the creative efforts of others, but you will only truly find it in your own style. Like the proverbial snowflake, there is no one quite like you in this big snow pile world of ours. No matter how hard you try, you will never be Elvis, Shakespeare or Spielberg. While, being a good imitation of someone else might get you a gig in Vegas, finding your own style will make your creative output truly unique.
While imitating the work of others may help you unlock your creative desire, when you do so, be sure to allow your own creative self to come out. Aspire to move beyond mere imitation and allow your own style to develop. Soon, there may be other inspiring artists looking to become the next you.