Before the red carpets, the multi-million dollar deals and fame, some of your favorite celebs were rejected and told that they would never make it. So, if you’re looking for reasons to keep pushing towards your dreams, here’s a few celebrities who rose above the naysayers.
On October 6, 2017, roughly two weeks after her record breaking single “Bodak Yellow” made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, rapper Cardi B performed and accepted three awards at the BET Hip Hop Awards. It’s public knowledge that she’s come a long way since her humble beginnings as first a cashier then a stripper in the Bronx, NY. The world literally watched her glow up as we fell in love with her personality via Instagram and “Love and Hip Hop,” but it wasn’t enough for the rap game. Cardi had to prove herself, writing records and meeting with DJs to gain acceptance, and now, the same person once slept on as an artist is the first female rapper to get a #1 single with no feature in nearly two decades. She isn’t the first and will certainly not be the last person people doubt, but if you’re smart like Cardi, you won’t give up.
Jennifer Hudson was introduced to the world as a contestant on the third season of “American Idol.” After losing to winner Fantasia Barrino, she’d been categorized as just another contestant. The loss however failed to deter her from the pursuit of her dreams. She shocked the world with a breakout performance on Dreamgirls, has blessed us with a few albums, appeared in Broadway musicals and is now a coach on the current season of “The Voice.”
Since the moment Chance the Rapper came onto the music scene, his music had been loved and respected by many. However, due to past Grammy restrictions that prohibited mixtape from being eligible for nominations, his music failed to make the cut. Chance voiced his discontent with the policies and after his requests to change such restrictions were altered, he went home with the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance at the Grammy Awards earlier this year.
We’ve known Solange for years, but unfortunately much like members of Destiny’s Child, Kelly and Michelle, much of the appreciation for her talent was overshadowed by that of Beyonce’s. Solange left the music scene for a while, starting a family and developing her artistic vision before dropping some music over the years, but still her music was still very much undermined, coming second to her newfound role as a fashionista. On September 30, 2016, she released A Seat at the Table, grabbing the attention in music that she’d been working at for years, and earning respect as Solange, not Beyonce’s little sister.
Oprah Winfrey is the talk show host and philanthropist that everyone desires to be, but before her rise to the top, she too experienced some rejection and doubt from her peers. At the start of television career, her inability to separate her emotions from the news resulted in her termination from a position as an evening news anchor in Baltimore. Then deemed “unfit for TV,” it’s a blessing that she didn’t give up on her dreams!
Jay-Z‘s current reputation as a savvy businessman and lyricist makes it hard to believe that labels weren’t quick to sign him when he made the decision to pursue music, but his success didn’t come easily. Jay’s rise to fame was the result of self-investment as his rejection from labels led to the creation of his own: Roc-a-fella Records. Now, he has the hottest chick in the game wearing his chain, among other things of course. Look at God!!
Since Kevin Hart‘s career took off, it’s almost impossible to not see his face on a billboard, watch him in a movie or hear him promoting his Tommy John underwear, tickets to his comedy tour, or his latest autobiography, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. His acclaim to fame, however, was a long time in the making. Kevin appeared in 2004’s The Big House in its only season before it was cancelled as well as in movies like Paper Soldiers and Soul Plane. It wasn’t until Seriously Funny that people began to recognize and appreciate his skills as a comedian. His grind has always been there, but now that’s it’s paying off, there’s no looking back.
Unfortunately, the road to riches is no walk in the park, but the struggle, the fight, the determination and belief in yourself will pay off in the long run. If some of our favorites made it, we can too!
Written By: Sweenie Nicole