Started From The…Well, You Know: Celebs Who Failed Miserably Before Winning Epically

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December 13, 2013 ‐ By

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.

Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson

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!

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  • Gingerbread31

    I love Anita Baker. Her voice calms my soul and I need her to come back and bless me with a current song!

  • guest

    Love, love, love Oprah and Anita Baker. Watched Oprah from age 16 ’til she ended her show, and have listened to Anita since I was a teen, too. Her first album, “Songstress,” is one of my favorites. I know that album inside out!!

  • kiki j

    Tamar Braxton too. She was dropped from I believe five labels before she finally got a break. Even with a sister with platinum albums and a hubby in the business. She’s not all the way there but she has a strong start. I respect the people from this list bc all but have worked for their success. Now days the only way to be successful is to do a reality show. I feel that’s the easy easy out if you ask me. Artist don’t have hustle in them anymore. Big ups to the ones who put in work and stayed on their grind. No shade to kmichelle or Tamar.

    • Kash511

      Once I saw K. Michelle I just knew I would see Tamar

  • beemooree

    Thnx for this. I needed this At this moment in time

    • Gingerbread31

      Me too!

  • real

    i enjoy reading stories like this. they confirm that one day i will make it.

    • Gingerbread31

      Hi Real! I love your comment because it is “Real” talk. We all need confirmation.

  • Jacqueline Perkiñs

    I was Anita Baker would make a come back

  • Jacara Fatin

    J. Cole is my boo and definitely one of the best rappers of our generation. Even though he’s getting more buzz and the credit he deserves now, I think he’s still very underrated. Very happy for him.