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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:
Executive Producer & Host: Terry O'Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O'Reilly
Director: Callie O'Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O'Reilly
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Researchers: Allison Pinches & Abby Forsyth.
Theme music by: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.0 • 87 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:
Executive Producer & Host: Terry O'Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O'Reilly
Director: Callie O'Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O'Reilly
Engineer: Keith Ohman
Researchers: Allison Pinches & Abby Forsyth.
Theme music by: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner
This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Company and powered by Acast.

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    Short Stories in Television (Annie Murphy, Squid Game, Matt LeBlanc & The Queen's Gambit)

    Short Stories in Television (Annie Murphy, Squid Game, Matt LeBlanc & The Queen's Gambit)

    We regret to inform you, this week marks the final episode of our 2021 season. So, we thought we’d do something a little different. Over the past two years, we’ve come across several fascinating rejection stories that weren’t long enough for a full episode, but that doesn’t mean they're any less packed with insight. Join us this week for ‘Short Stories in Television’ - the inspiring pint-sized rejection stories of Annie Murphy, Matt LeBlanc, Squid Game and The Queen's Gambit.
    Thanks for tuning in. We’ll see you soon for Season Three.

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    • 49 min
    Rejecting Breaking Bad

    Rejecting Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad holds the Guinness World Record for highest-rated television show of all time. But back when creator Vince Gilligan was first pitching the series, it was rejected by four major networks. This week, we tell Gilligan’s story. From being told no one in their right mind would let a show about crystal meth air on television, to showrunning one of the most beloved series in history.
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    • 43 min
    Rejecting Lucille Ball

    Rejecting Lucille Ball

    I Love Lucy is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, bringing in over 30 million viewers per week in its day. But before becoming the queen of prime-time television, Lucille Ball was known as “Queen of the B-Pictures” - pin-balling around Hollywood studios, unable to draw a box office crowd. Join us this week as we tell Ball’s incredible story. From panhandling for bus fare, to becoming the first-ever inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
    Major sources for this episode are listed in the show notes here.

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    • 40 min
    Rejecting Women in the Boston Marathon (The Stories of Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer)

    Rejecting Women in the Boston Marathon (The Stories of Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer)

    In 2019, 13,684 of the Boston Marathon's entrants were women - making up nearly 50% of total participants. But back in the 1960s, women weren’t permitted into the prestigious annual event, rejected solely on the basis of sex. Until two brave women had enough. Join us this week as we tell the stories of pioneer runners Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer - the first women to ever run the Boston Marathon, after 70 years as a men’s-only event.
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    • 45 min
    Rejecting Moonstruck

    Rejecting Moonstruck

    Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage, is considered one of the best romantic comedies of all time. Yet, back in 1987, the screenplay was turned down by Hollywood executives, the actors were told they weren’t bankable and the studio didn’t think the picture had a shot at the box office. Join us this week as we tell the story of Moonstruck - from rejection straight to the Academy Awards.
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    • 37 min
    Rejecting Linkin Park, Part 2

    Rejecting Linkin Park, Part 2

    In Part 2 of Rejecting Linkin Park, we find out what happens when Xero puts on a public showcase, against the advice of their publisher. A key player in the story is fired. Then, the band is forced to change their name.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Vuch0802 ,

Story Telling

Reviewers will over do it but I’ll give this an initial solid 4 stars. We’ll researched, written, presented and, most importantly, entertaining. I personally love an underdog and more often than not, famous people have been rejected repeatedly and still found their way. I love the concept. We’ll done and let’s watch this evolve. Keep moving forward.

Nater01230075 ,

I’m conflicted

I‘ve really enjoyed these stories but I became alarmed when I heard the story of Spanx. The narrator described Blakely’s experience working at Disney World. The narrator said Blakely wore a chipmunk costume while buckling kids into rides. And Cinderella was smoking cigarettes in the parks. Anyone who knows Disney knows neither could have happened. Characters do not work at attractions and Cinderella is not allowed to smoke and Cinderella never walks the parks without attendants so she couldn’t sneak a smoke.
Why do I care? Because these facts are so wrong I’m now wondering what else is incorrect in all these entertaining stories. What else is more exaggerated than poor Pinocchio’s nose?

I.Sanse ,

Very necessary

I love the concept and the host. Very entertaining and everything you need to hear if you’re dealing with rejection letters!

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