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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.
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    • 4.2 • 122 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.

    Rejecting Elf

    Rejecting Elf

    We regret to inform you, this week marks the final episode of our 2023 season. And, as it’s the 20th of December, we thought it only fitting to tell a holiday-themed story. Elves love to tell stories. I bet you didn’t know that about elves…
    Elf is a beloved and timeless Christmas classic. Starring Will Ferrell, the film brought in over $200M at the box office, and 20 years later remains a holiday staple for many. But back in the year 2000, the script was rejected by production companies, studios, directors and actors, championed only by two producers with no producing experience. Then when it finally did land a studio, executives nearly left Elf on the shelf. Join us, won’t you, as we pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, then through the Lincoln Tunnel for "Rejecting Elf."
    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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    • 41 min
    Rejecting The Supremes

    Rejecting The Supremes

    Last week, we told the story of EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson. Hudson put the O in EGOT when she won the Oscar for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls. It’s said Dreamgirls is based on the story of The Supremes – Deena as Diana Ross, Effie as Florence Ballard. And in researching that episode, we discovered it wasn’t just Jennifer Hudson who had a rejection story – The Supremes had a fascinating journey of their own. So, join us this week as we discover how the glamour girls of Motown went from the “No-Hit Supremes” to the female group with the most #1 songs in history on the Billboard Hot 100.
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    • 33 min
    Rejecting Jennifer Hudson

    Rejecting Jennifer Hudson

    Like Rita Moreno last week, Jennifer Hudson is an EGOT winner. She’s won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony – not to mention a Golden Globe. But before earning THE major award in every major entertainment category, Hudson was eliminated from American Idol – twice. Rejected after her first Hollywood audition, she had fallen off the radar. That is, until she got an unusual phone call from her cousin.
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    • 36 min
    Rejecting Rita Moreno

    Rejecting Rita Moreno

    Rita Moreno is a member of the coveted and exclusive EGOT club. Meaning, throughout her career, she’s won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. And not only that, Moreno is the first and only Latina EGOT winner in history. But before earning her Academy Award for West Side Story, Moreno was dropped by MGM. She spent years typecast – or simply not cast – because of her ethnicity. Join us this week as we tell Moreno’s incredible story – from being discarded by Hollywood to earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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    • 43 min
    Introducing Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe

    Introducing Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe

    This week we thought we’d do something a little different. The Apostrophe Podcast Network has several shows on its roster. Four, to be exact. And one of those shows just crossed 1M listens in its very first season. Introducing Backstage at the Vinyl Cafe.
    Backstage welcomes listeners into the warm and comforting world of the Vinyl Cafe. Each episode features stories about Canada’s favourite fictional family – Dave, Morley and the kids – narrated by the late, great Stuart McLean. And, for the first time ever, listen in on hilarious backstories from the popular show with long-time Vinyl Cafe producer Jess Milton.
    It's some of our country's best storytelling, and it's a show we're proud share with you.
    Hope you’ll join us each week at the world’s smallest record store. You can find more episodes here.

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    Short Stories: Rejecting the Fathers of Hand Washing and Rocketry (Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis & Dr. Robert Goddard)

    Short Stories: Rejecting the Fathers of Hand Washing and Rocketry (Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis & Dr. Robert Goddard)

    Did you know in the late 1800s, doctors didn’t wash their hands between procedures? When Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis – an obstetrician in Vienna – realized women in his hospital were dying at staggering rates, he implemented staff-wide mandatory hand washing. Maternal death rates dropped by 90%. But doctors weren’t happy. Semmelweis was called "crazy," told his idea was superstitious, not scientific.
    75 years later, Dr. Robert Goddard – an American professor of physics – published a report via the Smithsonian theorizing that, one day, a rocket could reach the moon. A New York Times editorial was published the very next morning slamming Dr. Goddard – writing that the professor lacked the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools.
    Join us this week for an unusual one: Rejecting two pioneers in science – the fathers of hand washing and rocketry – Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis and Dr. Robert Goddard.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

staceywrites ,

Well researched, well presented, inspiring

Just discovered this series and binge listened to catch up on every episode. I find rejection stories like this to be just the inspiration I need to keep pushing forward in my own pursuits. Would love to hear stories about Issa Rae, Yvonne Orji, and HBO’s The Wire.

Kul4Life360 ,

LOVE this podcast, EXCEPT FOR

This is a very well produced, interesting podcast. What else would it be with Terry O’Reilly at the helm? I’ve been following him since Under the Influence—brilliant. Every show has been great except for Rejecting Gal Gadot. Why tell her story when there’s no story to tell? There was no suffering, no inspiration, no real rejection. I don’t count flying back and forth to Israel as a challenge or a hardship. The flights are pretty nice and they are expensive. Gadot waited out the audition algorithm—small parts, bigger parts, plum part—until she got Wonder Woman. Boring. You have done way better than this show. Otherwise, awesome podcast. I’m a super fan.

Jersey Girl 23 ,

inspiring

Whenever I need inspiration to keep pursuing my dreams, I listen to this podcast. I wish there were more episodes- it’s that good!

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