Amber Riley is one of the dynamic actor-singers on the musical/comedy series Glee. She recalls her rejection from American Idol:
“My life was crushed when they told me ‘No.’
“But I was 17, it was a long time ago and rejection like that only makes you stronger, gets you asking — how can I better myself?” [thetvaddict.com]
On body image
[Have you noticed any pressure in Hollywood regarding your size?]
“I actually noticed it more when I was younger which is why I stopped, it was getting to my self-esteem.
“But once I learned I am not my dress size and to never let anyone put me in a box, I was more content with being myself and letting the world see my light shine.”
[Young, Fat, & Fabulous youngfatandfabulous.com]
Sandra Oh has commented about being vulnerable to rejection:
“We actors, we’re a fragile bunch, and yet we need to be strong because 90% of our lives is rejection.
“You have to figure out what really is important.”
Psychologist Mihaela Ivan Holtz works with creative people in TV/Film, performing and fine arts.
She notes: “Normal fears that took you to a painful emotional place as a child can hold you now hostage as an adult.
“These unhealed experiences of the past can turn your normal and everyday fears into unhealthy fears that control you.
“Fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of being shamed… they are all normal fears that can interfere with your creativity when they are turned from normal into paralyzing fears, freezing instead of energizing your creativity.”
But, she adds, “you can find comfort in your fears, connect with your courage, and reclaim your creativity.”
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