Well, first you gotta experiment. And not only do you have to experiment. You have to allow yourself to do see and experience things that are totally outside your comfort zone. Totally outside your usual realm of existence. So yes, that means go volunteer on a cow farm in Iceland for a month. Yes. That means go backpacking in that random foreign country that your friend invited you to. Wander off into the metaphysics section of the bookstore. Go try that new restaurant. Go take that acroyoga class. Go ask that cute girl out on a date. Do it. And by doing so, you stretch yourself. And by stretching yourself you widen your spectrum… or palate, if you will, so you have more tools at your disposal.
Much as I would like style to just magically appear one day, it won’t. It’s something you work towards every day. Not just in the studio, but by living. Style must be carved out of you like how the Grand Canyon was formed through millions of years of water constantly flowing and finding other places to go.
And then one day, who knows, maybe 30 years later, you will find that hey, you actually have come up with a style that is pretty unique to who you are. Notice I said who you are. Not who you are as an artist. I mean who you are as a person. Because as you are, so is your art.
So I guess what I’m saying is, to find your style you must find your life. To carve it out. To seek out the unknown. To embrace the darkness with the light. To fall into disaster and to claw yourself back out. And one day, sure, it might seem like magic, but you will find yourself. And thus, your style.
by Jason Lam