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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.

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 33 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.

    We Happily Inform You: The Reaction Podcast 2020

    We Happily Inform You: The Reaction Podcast 2020

    We regret to inform you that today marks our final episode of the season. So we thought we’d do something a little different. This week, Sidney and Terry sit down to chat about the lessons and the stories from Season One AND answer some of your questions. Like - what are the key differences between the rejections of actors and musicians? Why are so many projects rejected 40 times specifically? And what’s with the robot at the end of each episode?
    Thanks for tuning in. We’ll see you in April for Season Two.
     
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    • 17 min
    Rejecting Fred VanVleet

    Rejecting Fred VanVleet

    Fred VanVleet is an NBA champion who recently signed a four-year contract with the Toronto Raptors worth $85 million. But before becoming a key player for the Raps, VanVleet was overlooked and underestimated at every single stage of his basketball career. This week, we tell his amazing story. From being rejected by all 30 teams in the NBA draft to becoming the highest-paid undrafted player of all time.
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    • 35 min
    Rejecting Taraji P. Henson

    Rejecting Taraji P. Henson

    Taraji P. Henson is an Academy Award-nominated actress, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hidden Figures as well as her iconic role as Cookie Lyon in the hit television show Empire. But before taking Hollywood by storm, Henson was rejected from acting school and rejected for parts, making $10 an hour as a receptionist between auditions. Join us this week as we tell Henson’s incredible story. From being labelled as “too urban” to earning the most Best Actress awards in BET history.
     
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    • 48 min
    Rejecting Wham!

    Rejecting Wham!

    In the four short years Wham! was together, they sold 30 million records. Making them one of the best-selling duos of the ‘80s and launching the subsequent career of the late great George Michael. But before reaching the top of the pops, schoolmates and best friends Andrew Ridgeley and Georgios Panayiotou were laughed out of the room by dozens of record labels. Join us this week as we tell Wham!’s remarkable story - from being told they were ‘just another synthesizer band’ to really making it big.
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    • 47 min
    Rejecting Brian Grazer (Splash)

    Rejecting Brian Grazer (Splash)

    Splash launched the filmmaking careers of Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. It put Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah on the map and was nominated for an Academy Award. But as a budding movie producer, Grazer spent seven years trying to sell the script, facing unrelenting rejection from every studio in LA. Join us this week as dive into Grazer’s fascinating story. From being told mermaids don’t sell movie tickets to earning $70 million at the box office.
     
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    • 47 min
    Rejecting Bat out of Hell

    Rejecting Bat out of Hell

    Bat out of Hell is one of the top albums of all time according to Rolling Stone. But before going certified platinum 14 times over, before shattering chart records and before selling over 40 million copies worldwide, it was rejected. Over 40 times. Join us this week as we tell Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s incredible story, from being told they were “too theatre” to crack the mainstream, to selling over 200,000 copies annually, even 40 years later.
     
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

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Great content

I love the content of this podcast but the narrator’s voice lacks emotion, sort of npr style, which feels weird with the Jay-Z story in particular. Pretty minor critique and I will definitely keep listening, would recommend you give it a listen

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This show is so good

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Insubstantial

This podcast is insubstantial, corny and sometimes just stupid. You can get the same information from scanning a People magazine article. In fact, it’s like having a student from grade 7 summarize a People magazine article. Too bad.

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