For every role I booked acting - from the lucrative commercial to the lead in an indie film that took me to a game reserve in South Africa - there were countless parts I didn’t book.
In fact, there was a time when I was auditioning for commercials regularly when I got put on hold (meaning, it was between me and one or two other people, and I was being asked to “hold” the date) TWELVE times and didn’t actually get ANY of those jobs.
I remember one of those jobs was a Doritos commercial where I’d have to leverage my figure skating skills. You had to skate at the callback (the final addition), and I was not only working my pay-the-bills waitressing job that day, I didn’t own skates anymore.
So, I did what you do when you’re committed to playing full out and giving every opportunity your all: I gave up my shift and the potential for $500 and invested another $129 on figure skates on top of the headshots and that month’s acting class fees.
They ended up deciding they wanted a twelve-year-old, and the part went to her, instead of my 24-year-old self.
Did that mean I wasn’t good enough? That I wasn’t worthy?
Did that mean I was an idiot for spending all that money and time?
Did that mean it was pointless, wasn’t working, and I’d never work again?
Did that mean next time, I shouldn’t bother and that there wasn’t a point?
Did that mean the twelve-year-old had it better than me, that she was luckier? That I was too old?
NO, of course not. It meant I was an actress in the entertainment industry, and I was auditioning for a role that ONE person could book: rejection was a part of the gig.
Rejection was HOW you ended up booking the thirteenth audition and being paid big.
Rejection was the literal pathway to lead roles and a paid seven-week trip to South Africa (and, previously Italy, Palm Springs, Florida…)
The only way to be the ONE who landed the role was also to be the one who ran at rejection head first.
Your business, booking right fit clients who want to renew again and again, landing speaking gigs, or selling out your next launch works exactly the same way.
The only difference is for most of us in business, you’re not vying for one spot you have one chance at - the opportunities are unlimited, and most clients love to invest in more than one place.
But, the process is the same. Being willing to get rejected twelve times is how you celebrate the $10k sale on the thirteenth try.
And, leaning in and playing full out - leaving it all out on the floor - making the investments when there’s no guarantee and putting in your best even though they might hire someone else - is the move, the way, to the inevitable yesses, sales, and bookings.
I don’t have over a million revenue in four years from 1:1 because everyone said yes right away.
I have these kinds of results because I’ve collected more nos.
Want your own booked-out business, waitlists, and sold-out programs…want to sign clients in the DMs, have people pay you in full, sell out your next mastermind before cart opens? I invite you to fully commit to the process, invest, play full out, be willing to collect as many rejections as it takes to get your yesses.
Wishing you your version of success!
P.S. Ready to invest in the kind of 1:1 support that knows how to keep you IN your process so you can keep showing up, playing full out, and collect your inevitable yesses and fat paycheck to match?
Know you’re ready to get locked in on your mindset and the strategy you’re taking action on so you can celebrate your own six and seven-figure years?
Book a free coaching consultation here to talk about how I can help you tap into your unique edge and define and own your role as a CEO so you can unapologetically run at the no’s that lead to inevitable yesses for show-stopping business results like getting booked out, making recurring, selling out programs, and making recurring $10k and $20k+ months.