The Individual Voice Of Art

The Individual Voice of Art

One of the most challenging aspects in learning a creative skill is the act of discovering your own unique voice. As we work on developing our talents, a significant part of the journey is the desire to emulate our influences and be inspired by the paths of our peers.

We need to go through the process of emulation to learn, which motivates us to try and achieve the results that we desire.  The problem arises when we cannot see beyond emulating our heroes and begin to develop our own unique voice

As a musician, I am called upon to learn music for projects that requires me to recreate what the original artist intended to provide the listener with a sense of what is familiar. While I enjoy the challenge that this represents, I often find that the act of recreating someone else’s vision does not always satisfy my own creative aspirations. In fact, in some cases, this often makes me question my own abilities. The process of imitation does not always feel comfortable because my own personal approach to the music wants to take a different direction based on my own experiences.

The current Social Media approach to success is often saturated with many musicians posting videos of them recreating the songs that inspire them and trying to emulate the original performances. These videos can often garner a lot of attention and adulation.

My own perspective of this trend is that while I appreciate the time and discipline that it takes to recreate these parts, I personally find myself longing to see others post videos of their own ideas or processes that they are going through to develop their own style. I want see what makes you an individual, as that is what I truly value.

Through my own studies and experiences, I have developed a strong sense of knowledge of the styles of my heroes and influences. Rather than try and recreate their own iconic work, I find more creative satisfaction when I incorporate elements of all of them and use that combination to develop my own approach. By combining many elements of the things you learn and mixing them all together, you begin to develop your own unique artistic voice.

Learn as much as you can; borrow as many different ideas that inspire you. But remember, that the key factor in becoming an artist is to use those influences to come together into your own vision. Always trying to fit into a predetermined mold can hold you back, so embrace the influences and inspirations you have and just play what you are feeling.

Allow yourself room to take chances and fail. Play without rules or limitations. Embrace the results and pay tribute to the artists you love by trying a similar approach, but spend the time using your own ideas.

Let the world know you have something to say and let your own vision and voice show why you are unique and special.  Allow yourself to create and embrace your own artistic voice!

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