Quincy Jones is fond of saying: “your self-worth is not predicated on what others think of you”.
For all of us there must have been quite a compelling reason to push into a life of rejection, financial insecurity and having to constantly deal with people who don’t get why we do what we do.
We all have something to say…even if it’s “look at me-look at me-look at me!”(which is an essential for being a performer). It’s this drive to be heard, to be acknowledged to be appreciated that makes all the crap tolerable.
Those of us who fall into that category also want to fit in…in the worst way.
Invariably this leads to self-doubt and self-censorship of that which makes us unique. Questions like: “John Williams is rich and famous-I guess I have to be like John Williams so I too can have a vehicle to get the acknowledgement, the ears and the appreciation that I crave.
There is only one John Williams and one of you.
I’ll say it again: “there is only one John Williams and one of you.”
This approach (which we all have done at one time or the other) leads to mediocrity…and besides…if someone wants a John Williams type score- they’ll call John Williams.
Be yourself-be different than everyone else-stand out from the crowd and…be able to deliver the goods.
We can all learn from John Williams career…but creating a persona that is not authentic to you and you alone will only get you into a long line of other people looking to be the next JW.
There will always be a place for talented, original and accomplished artists.
I don’t mean to harp on JW-I only use him as an example.