7 Celebs Who Never Took No For An Answer
This lot WORKED.
It’s not always easy being a celeb. Sure, you might have an invite to every after-party and consistently perfect hair, but it’s not all fun and games.
More than ever, famous faces are being criticized for hitting headlines for doing… well, for doing nothing at all, but here at MTV Breaks we know that it’s not always easy making it big – here’s a few celebs who wouldn’t take no for an answer and overcame adversities to get to the lofty heights of stardom.
Believe it or not, there wasn’t always love for Harry Potter. No, seriously.
Back in 1994, J.K. Rowling was so broke she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the first book to send out to publishers. Did J.K give up? Course she didn’t. After being rejected 12 times and having to manually type up the book each time she sent it, eventually the book was picked up by London publisher, Bloomsbury, after their CEO’s eight-year-old daughter fell in love with the story (obvs) and the rest is history!
Before he became the controversial superstar we love to hate today, Kanye had his work cut out to make it. Dropping out of college and begging his mum for $25 an hour to use a recording studio, Kanye worked tirelessly on his vision to create music that could put an end to black-on-black violence. Before other artists started to recognise Kanye and use his beats on their tracks, he spent entire summers making at least 5 beats a day and sending them around to anyone and everyone. Since then he’s persistently followed whatever weird and wonderful dream he comes up with. From fashion to video games, Kanye never takes no for an answer.
Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player OF ALL TIME, so there’s no denying that he’s got skills. But he didn’t get to where he is just through natural talent, he built on it. When he was starting out, Jordan wasn’t good enough at outside shooting, so he spent day after day practicing hundreds of shots until he was perfect. When it was, he moved on the next thing and the next thing…until one day he was basically perfect at the whole game
Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt never thought she’d even be able to fully carry out a conversation, let alone act. Between the ages of 8 and 14, Emily had a serious stutter. She told W Magazine, "I was a smart kid, and had a lot to say, but I just couldn't say it. It would just haunt me. I never thought I'd be able to sit and talk to someone like I'm talking to you right now."
However, a teacher convinced her to give acting a go and try different accents and voices. Since then she started performing in school plays and worked on her acting until she was able to perform without stuttering.
Growing up in Brooklyn’s notoriously poverty stricken housing projects and using his kitchen table as a drum to make music with Jay-Z has faced many roadblocks in his life. In 1995 when he was being rejected by record label after record label, Jay-Z refused to give up, instead starting his own label, Roc-A-Fella Records. Even then he struggled to get picked up and had to work tirelessly to find distribution for his album. Eventually of course, he found it. He’s doing alright now…
Marc Jacobs started young. At 15 he was in school, working as a stock boy for a fashion store AND busy designing and making his own clothing range. He kept up this incredible work ethic throughout his education and by 24 was the youngest person ever to win the prestigious ‘New Fashion Talent’ Perry Ellis Award and is now one of Time’s most influential people in the world.
With that jawline (and body) we kinda just assumed Daniel Craig strolled onto set one day and was handed the role of James Bond, but actually it wasn’t quite that simple. Daniel had to spend some time sleeping on park benches in London as he struggled to find roles to pay the bills. His heart was so set on acting though that he didn’t give up and eventually landed arguably the biggest movie role around, 007 himself.