If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. And you might want to try a new way to reach your goals. That’s exactly what these uber-famous folks did before they finally made it to the top. They were fired from media jobs, kicked out of talent competitions, and denied record deals left and right. Yet and still, they’re Academy Award winners, multi-million making moguls, and the big dogs in Hollywood. Here are 10 celebrities who tried, failed, tried again, and succeeded massively.
Talk about the come up of a lifetime! Jennifer Hudson, once a Disney Cruise Lines singer, auditioned for American Idol in 2004. This was the same season that brought us Fantasia Barrino, and while we assumed the two women would be singing against each other in the final two or maybe three, Hudson was voted off seventh, just two weeks after receiving the highest votes for her performance of Elton John’s “The Circle of Life.”
Of course, most American Idol contestants who don’t win are usually rarely heard from again, but Hudson would go on to have the most success of any contestant who didn’t take home the title. She of course won an Academy Award for her work in Dreamgirls, has released two albums and just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Winning!