Celebs Whose Failures Taught Us To Dust Ourselves Off And Try Again

May 14, 2013  |  

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes may be the ABC network’s go-to girl for sizzling dramas, but she’s had her fair share of failures. Top in her class at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, Rhimes would find herself like most college graduates today – unemployed and unable to find work in her studied field. Taking odd jobs as a career counselor for the homeless and mentally ill, Shonda continued to pursue her dreams that led her to write the HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and later Crossroads and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Her elevator to success only seemed to go up when she created the ABC hit show, Grey’s Anatomy, which premiered in 2005. Just two years later, she created the spin-off show Private Practice that lasted six seasons and over 100 episodes.

Even with her success on ABC, Rhimes is still not immune to rejection. In 2010, she pitched a female drama that ABC later turned down. In 2011, her second medical drama Off the Map (she executive produced) was cancelled after several episodes.

Thankfully she did not lose momentum as the ABC hit show Scandal received the green light in 2011 and has become one of the top-watched shows in its category.

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