Reese Witherspoon: “Rejection is really redirection”

Witherspoon dispensed some honest career advice on embracing failure and rejection. In a world where we place more focus on success (especially on social media platforms such as Instagram), she’s hellbent on making sure we understand the value of failure and rejection as we develop by citing one specific career rejection. “When I first started as an actor, I went on an audition for a part that I wanted more than ANYTHING,” she posted alongside a photo saying, “Rejection is really redirection”. “This was an incredible movie with a huge male movie star as the lead. I had three callbacks, then a screen test and one day my agent called and said, ‘You didn’t get the part, the lead actor liked working with the other actress more.’ Oh boy, did I cry. Ugly tears. For three whole days. But I recovered.”