There is no reason to be ashamed of imitating the people you admire.
You don’t have to be an “original”.
The objective is to take the pieces of those you respect and ingrain them into the person that you ultimately want to become. The process allows you to pick and choose what qualities or what type of character you aspire to attain.
The end result is in fact originality.
It’s a waste of the talent of others not to harness the qualities and skills that we admire. The qualities and skills that make the world a better place. The qualities and skills that we would miss if they didn’t exist.
Stop trying so hard to be original. Instead, just be human.