Your Unique Vocal Quality
A very powerful learning tool is imitation. If you can hear another's sound in your mind and reproduce it, you can feel the quality of that sound. By just imagining it, you can mimic a person, animal, horn, flute, machine, and a limitless collection of sounds. Ultimately you'll want to find and respect your own unique vocal quality, but spending some of your practice time in imitation can provide a fun and quick route to understanding placement and new techniques.
Finding your own voice is a way to let your personality enhance the music. Your goal is to sound like you, not someone else. In fact, your vocal sound is completely unique. When you realize that no two people will ever sound exactly alike, you'll lessen the inclination to compete on any level with other voices.
Because each person's voice is unique, some police departments now use voice printing as well as fingerprinting as a means of identification. Voice biometrics looks at a characteristic sound pattern in the human voice that can establish identity. Voice recognition is becoming increasingly important in developing security systems because of the distinctive quality of each person's voice.
Try listing some of the various qualities you have in your personality. What would others say are your strongest characteristics? What do you like best about yourself, that you would enjoy sharing with the world? What makes you uniquely you? These are the qualities that your audience will want to hear in your singing voice. Ideally your voice will be a reflection of your individuality.