11 rejection letters sent to famous people that will keep your dreams alive for one more day.

11 rejection letters sent to famous people that will keep your dreams alive for one more day.

Hey, look, we all get rejected. Particularly those of us who consider ourselves artists. It's all part of the hustle—publishers, record labels, and agents pass up rising or obvious talent for any number of reasons, if only to provide us—years later—with inspirational online content like this.

1. No Thanks, Mr. Hewson (or "Bono," or whatever).

Thank you for submitting your tape of 'U2' to RSO, we have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at present.

We wish you luck with your future career. 

2. Disney Books rejecting a storybook by a young Tim Burton.

Yeah, what does Tim Burton know about visual style?

It may, however, be too derivative of the Seuss works to be marketable -- I just don't know. But I definitely enjoyed reading it. 

3. An in-house publishing company memo about Animal Farm.

You also said George Orwell's 

Stupid and pointless fable in which the animals take over a farm and run it, and their society takes about the course of the Soviet Union as seen by Westbrook Fegler. it all goes to show that a parallel carried out to the last detail is boring and obvious. 

4. The Museum of Modern Art to the inventor of Modern Art.

Andy Warhol went on to show us that anything can be art. Except this letter, because screw those guys.

Our Committee…had a chance to study your drawing entitled Shoe which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum. I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection. 


5. A record company in regards to Madonna.

The comment about lacking "material" was what inspired Madonna to write "Material Girl" (okay probably not).

6. A publisher to Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Burroughs went on to create Tarzan, the first Vine star LOLOLOLOL.

We have given the work careful consideration and while interesting we find it does not fit in with our plans for the present year.


7. Marvel Comics to Todd McFarlane.

Instead he went on to create 

8. An editor to Vladimir Nabokov's agent, rejecting Lolita.

This letter rejecting 

9. An editor to science-fiction icon Ursula K. Le Guin's agent.


10. The New Yorker to Sylvia Plath.

Yes, perhaps it is dense to reject the poetry of Sylvia Plath.

11. The BBC to John Cleese.

We all remember 

I'm afraid I thought this one as dire as its title…A collection of clichés and stock characters which I can't see being anything but a disaster.