I was in my 7th grade production of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’ I played Worker #2, and granted, most of my scene time was spent moving furniture in the background. But every time I got under those lights I was a scene stealer, baby! I was such a natural star, they were forced to give me only one line so the other kids wouldn’t get completely overshadowed. “Where do ya want the couch, Miss Dillmount?” The Rachel Carson Middle School Gazette gave it a 2.5/4 and it would have been a perfect 4/4 if the girl who played Millie invited the reviewer to her birthday party the month before.
Anyway, it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about showbiz. And I know not everybody starts at the top like I did. These successful actors, writers, and creatives share the rejections they faced on the road to their own Worker #2.