Are We Playing Big Enough? Idina Menzel Thinks Not

Published on by Lisa Gates.

From Idina Menzel on Embracing Your Uniqueness at The Creative Mind

“When you’re an artist usually you have to take risks and usually you have to put yourself on the line and go against the grain in order to be great and unique. And then you sort of stand up for what you believe and are able to resist the negativity and things people will say to you.

Women are Taught to Stifle

She adds that most women “have this strength inside of us and yet we are taught to always sort of keep it down.  If we’re too big or too angry or too bold or too beautiful or too talented, it can scare people. It might scare other women, it might scare men, whatever it is.”

She admits she has at times “taken a step back and made myself smaller in order to try to fit in. And that hasn’t worked.

“We have to learn to kind of embrace what makes us unique, and embrace our strength and then if people don’t like it, ___ it.

We know it's not only artists who have to take risks. Unhappiness or boredom is a sure sign we've got something to say or something to do that's far more compelling than our fear of it could possibly be. At the moment we realize that we're not following our passion, we wake up, rub the sleep from our eyes, say "why didn't I see that before?" and begin to dig in. Just remember that you do not have to "fit in" to "be in" a community of like-minded women. We've found our own unique voice and home here, as have dozens of other women.  We hope you'll join us for a "big enough" 2011!


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Published on by Lisa Gates.