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MORAvational Monday: How Rejection Led To Opportunity

MORAvational Monday: How Rejection Led To Opportunity

The Golden Globe noms came out this morning (click here for the list), and while the nominees are celebrating, it got me thinking about the journey it took them to get to this kind of achievement. And it got me to think about how many hurdles I’ve faced in pursuing a career as well which means lots and lots of…

Rejection.

No one likes it, but word on the street is that it’s good for you. Yeah, yeah, yeah…whatever.

You might remember about a year and a half ago, I wrote about rejection and not getting the job. You can find that article here. That job of my dreams at the time that I didn’t get? It was at Hollyscoop, an online digital entertainment news company that I had brushed elbows many times on the red carpet. After I received the news that I didn’t book it and had a 20 minute pity party for myself, I decided there was more to this picture for me.

I ate a piece of humble pie, enrolled in hosting classes and it turns out, not getting the job was the set back that would set me up for more.

Enrolling in class ended up being the best thing to have ever happen to me and showed me that I was actually NOT ready for what that job entailed. Being in class has not only inspired me to create the right content for you, but also, it has provided me a special kind of family and support needed in this industry to help you keep going.

Fast forward to a little bit ago. My friend from the class, Heather Gardner, called me and asked if I could fill in for her over at her job. Let’s take a guess at where she works? Hollyscoop!

Full.freaking.circle.

I was a completely different person since I had initially auditioned – I was better prepared, my following had grown, and my skills were much stronger. I felt like a ball of nerves walking into the Obsev Entertainment studios at 5:45am hair and makeup fully in tact.

That day I wrote, produced and hosted 4 videos for Hollyscoop and 4 videos for AOL. The grind was so real! But it was invigorating and it was a friendly reminder of how much I truly love what I do.

The real takeaway for me though?

Every set back is a set up. And while I hate rejection more than anything, I need to stop seeing it as the big bad wolf.

I might start coming on here more to speak about the ways I’ve *gasp* been rejected and how it has helped me because I think I would have found more comfort had there been more articles on this. I don’t do well with rejection, I never have. But I’m learning to let it push me forward and, in a time where there are so many shifts happening, I think we could all use the boost. 

xo NM

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