He wanted to study film at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. However, he was rejected due to his “C” grade average. He applied for the second time but got rejected again. Overall, he applied to USC three times- but was rejected all three times. He then applied and was admitted to California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in English. While still a student, he was offered a small, unpaid intern job at Universal Studios with the editing department. He was later given the opportunity to make a short film for theatrical release, the 26-minute, 35mm short, Amblin’, which he wrote and directed. Studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg was impressed by the film, which had won a number of awards and offered him a seven-year directing contract. It made him the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio.
Any guesses as to who I’m talking about?
I’m talking about the exceptionally talented Steven Spielberg. Today, he is a very successful film-maker and is known for his movies: Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Catch Me If You Can etc. He has directed 27 movies over four decades, has won 3 Oscars, including two for Best Director. The gross of all Spielberg-directed films is said to exceed $8.5 billion worldwide. His personal net worth is estimated to be more than $3 billion.Imagine the kind of films we would have lost out on, had he decided to give up on film-making altogether after being rejected thrice by his dream school!
Just remember: “Tenacity, especially in the face of repeated failure, is the key to success.”
Admitted (verb): allow (someone) to enter a place.
Majored (verb): specialize in (a particular subject) at college or university.
Intern (noun) : a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.
Impress (verb) : make someone feel admiration and respect.
Decade (noun): a period of ten years.
Oscars (noun) : the nickname for a gold statuette given as an Academy Award