LET GO OF WHO YOU SHOULD BE, AND EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE! By Amy Gerhartz
" You're going to need to lose some weight if you want to be famous," was what a male musician based in Los Angeles once told me at a music festival in 2008. I was in my mid 20"s and had just begun playing larger events as a solo singer-songwriter. Similar to most women my age, I was also deeply struggling with my own confidence, or lack thereof. Upon hearing his unsolicited advice, part of me wanted to tell him to stick it where the sun doesn't shine. Yet another, deeply insecure, part of me sadly questioned if he was right. At this point in my life, I had already allowed self-doubt to grow rampant in my mind. I was shaming myself verbally, using words like "fat" and "ugly" on a daily basis. I hated the way I looked in photographs and videos, and no amount of beauty products I purchased could change what I saw in the mirror.
I know I'm not the only woman who has ever questioned her worth based on her appearance, and I'm definitely not the only entertainer that's been picked apart by their hair color, makeup, clothing or waistline. We live in a world where talent frequently comes secondary to looks, and because we haven't figured it out who we really are yet, we allow ourselves to be pushed around, stomped on, and directed by people with far greater insecurities than we"ll ever have.
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