There are a scant few actors who have the high-profile resume and international prestige of the multi-award winning superstar, Scarlett Johansson. Any actor in their right mind longs for a career with so many creative possibilities and so much industry cache. There’s not a producer in Hollywood who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to work with an A-lister of Scar Jo’s magnitude, right? Wrong. Scarlett ended speculation as to whether she auditioned for the role of Fantine in Les Mis to recently, admitting, “Yes, I did. I sang my little heart out.” Scarlett Johansson sang her little heart out and didn’t get the part?! That’s right, and it’s apparently not the first time. When she was younger, Scarlett auditioned for the role of Cosette in the Tony award winning stage play, Les Mis and missed the boat.

So take heart, young thespian; everyone, at one time or another, deals with rejection. Now, Scarlett has a cornucopia of great roles lined up for the next five years–parts you may not be up for–so we won’t shed a tear; but make no mistake, she wanted that role so bad she could taste it. You know what that’s like; it hurts somethin’ wicked. But you have to suck it up and NEVER let those megrims diminish your efforts or your enthusiasm. One thing is certain, you’ll never make it if you let this business get you down.

Connie Britton, the ginger-haired beauty of Friday Night Lights, is rolling right now. At forty-five she’s one of the most sought after actresses on network TV. With an utterly fierce turn as the haunted Vivien on AMC’s American Horror Story, she’s become the go-to girl for tough, heady, beautiful heroines. But Connie’s future wasn’t always so enviable. In 1996 she auditioned for the role of Dorothy Boyd in Cameron Crowe’s Jerry Maguire. Britton nailed the audition and was purportedly Crowe’s first choice. The producer’s told her they “just wanted to screen test another actress.” Dum-duh-duh-dum! A relative unknown named Renee Zellwegger won the role and went on to forge a stellar career of her own, including an Academy Award for her feisty performance in Cold Mountain. Did Connie let that get her down? Probably! How would you feel? But she kept going, and look at her now. “My life started being awesome five years ago,” she told the New York Sunday Times magazine. So let’s do the math here: She’s forty-five, uh, bring down the five, the four’s cancel out, oh, yeah, her acting career didn’t take off until she was forty years old! Think what you can do if you hang in there and keep reaching for the stars. The outer galaxies are the limit!