Never believe someone telling you you’re too young, too old, too average or your idea is a crap. Many celebrities widely adored today came through it. Just follow your own way and in the moments of weakness and despair remember these persistent people.
They all failed initially, making their ill-wishers happy. But Michael Jordan once said, “on 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
9 Invincible Celebrities Who Were Rejected at First
1) JK Rowling
“Harry Potter” manuscript was rejected by major publishers 12 times. She was sure children would love her boy with a lightning scar, but couldn’t tell her story to the world. This feeling together with a dependent child and a constant need led her to depression.
Luckily, a small publishing house accepted her book in 1995 and almost everyone knows what came next. Best Children’s Book of the Year Award, films, multi-million dollar contracts, and more than 400 million of sold books.
2) Stephen King
He was writing short stories, but nothing that could make him as famous as he is today. His first big work “Carrie” was rejected 30 times.
Finally, The King of the Horror threw the manuscript into a litter basket. His wife fished the papers out and asked Stephen to try one more time. This 31st attempt led us all to “The Shining”, “The Dark Tower”, “Misery”, and many other legendary books.
3) Bill Simmons
Probably the most famous and respected sports writer in the world had to work as a bartender and a waiter at nights to pay his bills. In his spare time, he was writing brilliant articles for his site BostonSportsGuy.
First, he gained an audience of 100 subscribers mostly represented by his friends. His efforts were noticed by ESPN which landed him a gig as a columnist. He then wrote the most discussed article of the year.
4) Elvis Presley
We can easily imagine that there were readers who didn’t pay much attention to the manuscripts sent by unknown authors. This routine is quite understandable. But what is really shocking that at the beginning of his career Elvis was labeled by a short-sighted producer as a guy, who should better drive a truck instead of singing.
Rapper’s way is hard, as we learned from their lyrics and Jay-Z is a walking proof. No one listened to his song accidentally, exclaiming, “What a golden boy!”
Jay-Z tried to sign contracts with record labels, but was rejected everywhere, so he established his own record company. A new problem was to find a distributor. Lucky guys from Priority believed in Jay-Z and released a multi-platinum album.
6) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford was one of many novice actors, wandering from one casting to another. At the age of 30 he was fed up with his life and started working as a carpenter.
And then one day, he had to install something in George Lucas’ house. The director invited Ford to a casting and gave him a role in “American Graffiti.”
7) Walt Disney
His story is as well-known as are his characters and many awards. 18-year-old Walt Disney was fired by the editor of the Kansas City Star because of “lack of imagination.”
It wasn’t the only time he failed in his life. Soon his cartoons became popular in Kansas City and Disney acquired his own studio. He was so passionate about creation that he absolutely forgot about the business. The studio predictably ended up with a bankruptcy.
Walt Disney moved to California where he then started afresh.
8) Steven Spielberg
Generally speaking, the director of “Schindler’s List”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Jurassic Park”, “Jaws” and numerous other blockbusters is a self-taught man.
He applied to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts three times and got rejected. That did little to stop him from pursuing his passion for directing movies.
9) Jim Carrey
Is it possible to keep a poker face while Jim Carrey is joking? This question wasn’t rhetorical when he was hissed away by the spectators at his first standup performance in Toronto. Then he failed the audition for Saturday Night Live. These painful fiascos turned out to be just a warming up for the future Mask and Ace Ventura.