19 Celebrities Who Failed Before They Succeeded

We often view celebrities as being superhuman, reaching the heights of fame by way of exceptional talent, enviable good looks and charismatic personalities. Like magnets attracting good fortune at every turn, it seems as though they were born with a predisposition for success.

At least, that’s how it looks from our point of view.

What no one ever talks about is how the superstars of today did not start out that way, and that overnight success is largely a myth.

Let’s take a look at a few celebrities who rose above the opposition and made their dreams a reality.


Many of our favorite actors experienced opposition early on in their careers, getting rejected by casting directors, booed off stage or told they would never make it in the business. Here are a few notable actors who had to overcome serious setbacks before embodying our favorite characters on TV and in movies.

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