When I look into the mirror, I see dark circles under my eyes, long frizzy coarse curly hair, and a “beauty mark” that seems to be getting darker and bigger against the wrinkles of my face. Lately, I’ve been tired. I’ve been “going and going and going” that the beauty I see in the mirror, isn’t the beauty I long to see in my heart. I’ve always struggled with confidence and self-esteem. Since the chubby little kid in junior high made fun of the way I talk, it’s been engraved in my veins.. that I’m not good enough, not pretty enough. It’s not something I LIKE to admit or even something I admit OFTEN, but it’s there.
Recently, I attended the Mirror Mirror press day in Santa Monica, CA. We were treated to a day of beauty. Beauty professionals worked their magic on my hair and make-up and by the end of the day? I felt beautiful. However, it wasn’t the professional beauty experts that made me feel that way, it was the ever composed Lily Collins, who plays Snow in the NEW movie Mirror Mirror.
You see, when I met Lily Collins, I had this “idea” of what she would be like. I saw her as soft spoken, beautiful, almost porcelain like, but she was anything but that fragile actress I envisioned. In fact, after we screened Mirror Mirror, I wondered if she is more the heroic-type in her personality.
As we walked into the room, on press day, I realized this young woman commands a room, not with her beauty (although she is beautiful), but with her confidence and personality. I’ve found, most interviews start off with press asking the questions, but as we sat down SHE started asking us questions, talking, and laughing. Immediately, I felt comfortable talking with her. It was amazing how she transformed that room with her inner beauty. So much so, that I put together…
Mirror Mirror Movie – In Theaters March 30th
1. Be Yourself: I know it sounds so cliche, but Lily was simply being herself in that press room with us. She laughed. She talked about embarrassing moments in her life. She simply grabbed our attention and pulled it into the life she led as she played the role of Snow White in Mirror Mirror.
2. Continue to Learn: When Lily was in the movie The Blind Side, she was a full-time student while shooting the movie. She mentions how grueling it was. So, for Mirror Mirror she deferred from school, but has plans to go back, stating how important education has been for for after two years at USC. She has been acting most of her life, but her education and drive is what turned her on to broadcasting, writing, and then to journalism for Nickelodeon, Extra, E, and various networks.
3. Be Curious: Lily mentions she is genuinely curious and interest. So, she writes in her journal every night as a way to organize and blanket her questions throughout her acting career. “My writing has been helpful -because my way of going about character traits, seeing people that I want to emulate in character — Is when I use my journalist skills.” After she mentioned that the thought ran across my mine … Never be afraid to ask questions.
4. Be the One People Want to Talk To: Lily describes an incident in her journalism career, where she was told to ask one of her peers about a scandalous photo shoot. She didn’t want to take a positive environment and turn it into an event of gossip, stating, “Why would i, then, talk badly about one of my peers?” She made me want to be THAT person. I don’t want to talk about the negativity. I was to embrace the positive side of the situation and move forward in success together.
5. Accept Spontaneity in the World: That’s hard, for me. I’m very much the planner, the organizer, the never-be-late-and-have-it-all-together kinda of girl. The bad thing about being that kind of person, it leaves no room for error or spontaneity. None. If the day doesn’t go as planned, my brain turns off and the grump inside of me hath no fury. Lily said something in that interview that, completely, changed the way I think:
“She (Snow White), learns from the dwarves about self-confidence. And once you accept yourself and accept spontaneity in the world, you can then pursue things because you’re more aware of your surroundings and more confident within yourself.”
That’s the key. Once you’re confident in yourself and your ability, you’ll be more apt to accept change and spontaneity in the day. Gosh. I needed to hear that SO badly.
Watch the young and poised Lily Collins as Snow White in the NEW movie, in theaters March 30th, Mirror Mirror. In case you haven’t seen the preview:
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