It has been hard to escape the song Let It Go from the Disney movie Frozen – everywhere I go someone seems to be singing it or humming it.
It deservedly won the Oscar in 2014 for best original song and was memorably sung by Idina Menzel at those academy awards (or Adele Dazeem as John Travolta famously introduced her!!)
However, it isn’t just a uber-catchy song with a terrific belt! If you look into the lyrics and the meaning of the song then you will find some very honest and very true life lessons which you should start putting into play at every audition you attend.
The movie Frozen follows two sisters Elsa and Anna who drift apart because of the magical powers which Elsa has kept secret to protect Anna. When these powers have been revealed to the kingdom Elsa has fled and disappeared up into the mountains – where she is able to realise who she really is and exactly what she is capable of.
How often have you left an audition and thought to yourself ‘I know I could have done better’ – you are holding yourself back, and your intuition knows this. Your intuition knows that what you really need to be doing is to ‘Let It Go’ and trust in yourself, don’t second guess yourself and don’t hold yourself back.
Holding back comes from a place of protection, it is a place which is trying to keep you safe, protecting you from rejection or from ‘making a fool of yourself’ – however by holding back and protecting yourself you are actually settling for good and not great.
If you truly want to ‘let it go’ then you must stop looking before you leap. Give yourself permission to leap, give yourself the freedom to fail.
Letting Go is what great acting is all about. Letting Go allows you the freedom to be totally alive during a performance.
I know that it sounds cheesy but I really believe that there is an Elsa in everyone of us, there is a part of us which is afraid of standing out and showing the world who we really are. Now is the time for you to accept YOU. The results will be awesome.
After all, deep down you honestly know that ‘the cold never bothered you anyway’!
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