Francis Ford Coppola: Steal from us

“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 you 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.”

—Francis Ford Coppola

As many have realized before, it is in this space of failure to fully imitate our ideal that our own style and originality begin to emerge.