The truth is, I’m actually embracing the topic. I even try to embrace rejection, though I handle that better with some things than with others.
So in that spirit, I bring you my Ten Tales of Personal Rejection, in no particular order. In most of them, I’m the rejected, but in a couple instances I’m the quite awful rejector.
Hey, it happens…
1. I was once rejected by a guy who told me he thought I was “more like a sister” to him. Given the things he and I were doing before he made that proclamation, I worry about his family life.
2. I was rejected by EVERY SINGLE COLLEGE I applied to, except for my backup (which I attended and loved, but that’s not the point).
3. In high school, if a guy called me and I wasn’t interested, I’d hang up mid-conversation… but while I was talking, so it would seem like we got disconnected. After all, who would hang up on herself?
4. When my agent and I excitedly sent my latest screenplay spec to our top-choice production company, the response was “Is this for real?”
5. I gave a wild, aerobically animated, twenty-minute TV show pitch to a woman who stared at a small square of blank wall, nodding constantly and saying “uh-huh” at regular ten-second intervals. She did not buy the show.
6. A friend and I pitched our first show with the help of giant puppets we made and voiced ourselves. We did not sell that show.
7. While writing for the show “Undressed,” I (appropriately, I thought) pitched that the writing staff have Pajama Day. I was the only one to show up in pajamas.
8. The boss at a company where I’d been an assistant for years promised he’d give me my first TV staff writing job… but instead gave it to the cousin of another writer on the show.
9. I once pretended to fall asleep on a date so the guy would take me home.
10. I’ve always been great at crossword puzzles, so as a teen I tried out for Wheel of Fortune. I told everyone I’d get on Wheel of Fortune. Then for some unknown reason I guessed BR_ _ _ F_S_ _ _ B_ _ was “Brownfish in Bay,” not “Breakfast in Bed.” I did not get on Wheel of Fortune.
Join the party! What are your favorite tales of rejection? Bring ’em on!
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