Nobody likes to be rejected, nobody! It hurts, it’s not fun, and sometimes it’s just mean as hell. However, some things do still have a silver lining. If you’ve had a rejection as great as these people have had, you’ll know what I mean. Here are some of the best tweets you could find under the #ShareYourRejections hashtag.
From unrequited love, to being dropped by agents, these people all came out on top!
I had a paper rejected once because I “didn’t seem to know the work of Jo Sharp well enough” – I am Jo Sharp!!! #ShareYourRejections
— Jo Sharp (@ProfJoSharp) August 17, 2018
Once I got a standard rejection from a dream publication.
Then, A YEAR LATER, the editor wrote me: “I still think about your story, is there any way you could resent it?”
So I resent it!
He wrote back and said, “Oh, now I remember why we rejected it.”
— Sarah Aswell (@sarahaswell) August 17, 2018
I got rejected from every acting program I auditioned for except Wagner, and then it took me 727 auditions (this is a real number and doesn’t count callbacks) before I made my broadway debut. #ShareYourRejections
— Alex Boniello (@AlexBoniello) August 17, 2018
— Jason P. Steed (@5thCircAppeals) August 17, 2018
My agent told me I wasn’t pretty and dumped me, my manager told me actors can’t be writers and dumped me. A year later I starred in my first screenplay, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. #ShareYourRejections https://t.co/KRedSv9I5R
— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) August 17, 2018
I wrote a poem for my boyfriend. Several years after I married him, he told me a story of an old girlfriend who’d written him a terrible poem & laughed at how bad it was. He didn’t remember the poem was from me. Rejection form letter from an agent? Bring it! #ShareYourRejections
— Lillian Blaire ? (@LillianBlaire) August 16, 2018
#ShareYourRejections I got an E grade for art in high school. Teacher hated my guts, spent all day on MSN in her office and got mad when I asked for help. Handed in every project.. Still an E?? Now working on own animated show at @GameGrumps. Suck it Mrs Lynch.
— Ross O’Donovan (@RubberNinja) August 16, 2018
I once applied for a job at the non-profit where my girlfriend was working. I was visiting one day and overheard the manager mocking an application point-by-point. Only I knew that it was my application. #shareyourrejections
— Hank Green (@hankgreen) August 16, 2018
Publisher: It’s not what we’re looking for.
Writer: What are you looking for.
Publisher: The next J K Rowling.
Writer: But you weren’t looking for the last J K Rowling. #ShareYourRejections
— Nick Yapp (@yappnick) August 18, 2018
I wrote a poem for a classmate I fancied in college. The next day she explained she wasn’t interested in me in that way. Worse, she had edited my poem. It was a massacre of red ink and comments.
After that, rejections from journals didn’t phase me much.? #ShareYourRejections
— Barlow Adams (@BarlowAdams) August 16, 2018
An ex boyfriend with no encouragement once told me I probably wouldn’t get too far in this industry cos of my age (27 at the time) and I would need to choose my career wisely. Just over a year later the first short film I edited won an Oscar #ShareYourRejections
— Emily (@emmyschwemmy) August 18, 2018
I had a paper rejected. The Editor said ‘this is unlikely to be of interest to anyone. It’s unpublishable’.
A year later, after publishing elsewhere, we received an award for ‘Most downloaded article’ and a prize for impact! ?
— Dr Holly Blake (@hollyblakenotts) August 21, 2018
A girl I was into told me my graphic design career would go nowhere and that it was a saturated field. 5 years later she served me my breakfast at Denny’s while I was in a meeting with my marketing team for a new ad campaign, showing off my drafts.#ShareYourRejections
— CARAMEL MCFRAPPE PAPI @ Retro Runback (@drewface_) August 17, 2018
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