"We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can't steal. You will take what we give you and yo will put it in your own voice and that's how you will find your voice. And that's how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you."I found this quote to be spot on. It is so true that we try to mimic what we like, but it does come out with our own imprint on it, unless of course, you are purposely forging, which is not what this is about.
Francis Ford Coppola
I like the chart from the book (Steal Like an Artist) by Austin Kleon on this subject. It puts in two columns Good Theft vs Bad Theft; I have added a few words to his one word list here and there for those of you who have not read his book.
Under GOOD Theft:
- Honor who you steal from
- Study works of those you steal from
- Steal from many
- Credit those you steal from
- Transform what you steal into your own voice
- Degrade who you steal from
- Steal from ONE
- Rip off