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Haters Got You Down? How to Keep Criticism From Killing Your Dreams

August 12, 2019

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Have you ever been told that you don’t have what it takes to accomplish your biggest dreams?

When hip hop dancer Amanda LaCount was ten years old, a studio director told her that her body type didn’t “fit his vision” for his dance team and she was kicked out. 

Eight years later, Amanda is a professional hip hop dancer, choreographer, actress, singer, model, and influencer. She’s performed on The Ellen Show, Dancing With the Stars, The Voice, and on stages with artists like Meghan Trainor, Ryan Blyth, Katy Perry, and Lizzo. 

Even though Amanda has experienced countless ignorant comments about her body, she doesn’t let criticism keep her down. Instead, she continues to prove the haters wrong by booking gigs and checking off huge career goals — one after the other.  

Her body positivity movement, #BreakingTheStereoptype, celebrates body diversity and acceptance. At just 18 years old, Amanda LaCount is bringing representation and inclusivity to an industry that desperately needs it. Her fierce determination is not only inspiring but paving the way for others to do the same.

“You don’t have to fit in to be successful,” she says. “If you love it, do it.”

When I discovered Amanda on Instagram, I had to meet her. As you’ll see on today’s MarieTV, she did not disappoint.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

If you’ve ever held yourself back with thoughts like, “OMG, what will people think?” Or, “Nobody who looks like me is doing that!” this episode is a must-watch. It will help you overcome your fear of criticism and give you confidence to do the things you love. 

***Be sure to stick around to the end! I couldn’t let Amanda leave without giving us a hip hop dance tutorial. You’re gonna want to turn up the VOLUME for this!

Once you’ve watched, Amanda and I would love to hear from you. Has anyone ever dismissed or underestimated you? How have you proved them wrong?

If you’ve ever neglected to fulfill a dream because you don’t fit the type, what’s one small step you can take today to make that dream a reality?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

Share as much detail as you can. Because tens of thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.

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Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and encouraging this community with your voice. It matters and it makes more of a difference than you know. 

No matter what you do, you’re going to get criticism. Don’t let it get in the way of going after your dreams. 

With SO much love ❤️,


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