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The road to success is littered with speed bumps. Every celebrated actor, writer, musician, artist, inventor and entrepreneur has faced debilitating career rejection on their journey to the top. We tell their fascinating stories and break down exactly how they achieved their remarkable goals. Because hidden inside each rejection is a unique insight. And we’re here to find it.
At its heart, this podcast is about persistence and inspiration.
From the creators of Under The Influence, this show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

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We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast Apostrophe Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

The road to success is littered with speed bumps. Every celebrated actor, writer, musician, artist, inventor and entrepreneur has faced debilitating career rejection on their journey to the top. We tell their fascinating stories and break down exactly how they achieved their remarkable goals. Because hidden inside each rejection is a unique insight. And we’re here to find it.
At its heart, this podcast is about persistence and inspiration.
From the creators of Under The Influence, this show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Short Stories: Rejecting John Krasinski & Uzo Aduba

    Short Stories: Rejecting John Krasinski & Uzo Aduba

    We regret to inform you, this week marks the final episode of our 2022 season. Over the past three years – and 60 episodes – we’ve come across so many incredible rejection stories that weren’t long enough to fill a full episode. But that doesn’t mean they're any less packed with insight. Join us this week for Short Stories in Television, Part 2 - the inspiring pint-sized rejection stories of John Krasinski & Uzo Aduba.
    Have a safe and happy holiday. We'll meet you back here for more stories of rejection and triumph in the spring.

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    • 48 min
    Rejecting Airbnb

    Rejecting Airbnb

    Airbnb is worth more than the world’s top three hotel chains combined, with over 150 million users spanning 200 countries. But before the company made its three founders the first-ever sharing economy billionaires, they were broke. Weathering rejections from investors and narrowly avoiding eviction. So, the trio did what any struggling entrepreneurs would do - they created President Obama-themed cereal.
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    • 44 min
    Rejecting Fritz Pollard

    Rejecting Fritz Pollard

    If you don’t recognize the name Fritz Pollard, you’re not alone. Pollard was the first Black player in the NFL, the first Black quarterback in the NFL and the first Black head coach of an NFL team. And yet, in 2020 – the NFL’s 100th birthday – the league referred to Pollard as “A Forgotten Man.” Pollard weathered racism, rejection, death threats and violence every night he stepped onto the field. But he persevered through it all. Today, we tell Pollard’s incredible story – from forgotten man to legendary trailblazer.
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    • 32 min
    Rejecting Jesus Christ Superstar

    Rejecting Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most successful musicals of all time, grossing over $230M worldwide. But before composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice launched their technicolour dream careers, the pair was told their proposal of a Christ-themed musical was “the worst idea in history.” They were rejected by music labels, producers, impresarios. Then they got news from The Vatican.
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    • 38 min
    Rejecting Mad Men, Part 2

    Rejecting Mad Men, Part 2

    In Part Two of Rejecting Mad Men, the series finds a home that can’t find financing. A struggling unknown actor named Jon Hamm auditions for the lead – and goes to the bottom of the list. Christina Hendricks’ agent drops her for accepting the pilot. And Matthew Weiner writes a whole new story.
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    • 39 min
    Rejecting Mad Men

    Rejecting Mad Men

    According to Rolling Stone, Mad Men is the fourth-greatest television show of all time – bested only by Breaking Bad, The Wire and The Sopranos. But before Sterling Cooper ever opened its doors, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner was rejected by every major network. Including HBO, FX and Showtime. Weiner was told no one would watch a series about advertising, that his main character was an unlikable smoker slash philanderer and that viewers hated period pieces. Mad Men gathered rejections, then dust. Then Weiner's agent got a phone call from a basic cable movie channel.
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    • 32 min

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Such a funeral to look into stories you would never think to look up yourself. This show inspires and is a great listen every week

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I love this show! I am always so excited to see who the next rejection story is about. I listen when I’m home relaxing or on a run. It’s the perfect length. Excellent host and choice of stories. 5 stars!!!

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