“This was me on my way home from an audition for King Kong where I was told I was too “ugly” for the part. This was a pivotal moment for me. This one rogue opinion could derail my dreams of becoming an actress or force me to pull myself up by the boot straps and believe in myself. I took a deep breath and said “I’m sorry you think I’m too ugly for your film but you’re just one opinion in a sea of thousands and I’m off to find a kinder tide.” Today I have 18 Academy Awards.”
Not long after this post was published on Facebook the “Meryl L. Streep” community that posted it, disappeared. Supposedly because they had nothing to do with Meryl L. Streep. They were most likely a Hoax like most of the Facebook Pages.
HOWEVER, the post itself wasn’t a hoax so much as a misrepresentation: In an appearance on the popular British talk show The Graham Norton Show this past January, Streep told the story of how, prefame, she had auditioned for the lead in a reboot of King Kong, produced by famed Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. When De Laurentiis brought her to his son, he replied, in Italian, “Why do you bring me this ugly thing?” To which Streep replied, also in Italian, “I’m sorry I’m not beautiful enough to be in King Kong.”
This TRULY happened to the actress Meryl L. Streep. And no doubt she struggled with something many of us do, with our image and the possibility that we may not look good enough.
However, no matter if she posted this or not, the message is POWERFUL! Knowing her true story and looking what she has accomplished now is POWERFUL!
We all struggle with the thought that we may be not good enough, in whatever way that manifests. But in the end the opinions of the world do not matter. What matters is what YOU think of YOURSELF! Period!
All you will ever need is your approval! And this does not make you free from critique by default, but it simply makes your actions immune to that criticism. Like a wave that assertively drives towards its destination, no matter what happens around it.
And when you make your dreams come true, none of those comments will matter AT ALL! Some may even transform into beautiful compliments. Because the truth is always in flax and it’s up to you to choose your own.