When the Queen of Pop finally signed with Sire Records in 1982, her debut album sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. She used this early rejection as motivation, as this respected producer didn't believe she was "ready yet." She's now the best selling female artist of all time.
2. Tim Burton
This Disney editor didn't consider Burton's first children's book, "The Giant Zlig", marketable enough. He took the feedback to heart, feverishly honed his skills and was hired as an animator's apprentice at the company just a few years later. He went on to become involved in films like "Edward Scissorhands", and "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
3. Andy Warhol
In 1956, Warhol gave one of his pieces to the Museum of Modern Art - for free - but was quickly rejected. Obviously, his luck turned around pretty fast. On top of having his own museum in Pittsburgh, the very museum that rejected him now features 168 of his original works.
When U2 debuted in 1979, RSO Records was thoroughly unimpressed. Within months, the band signed with Island Records and released their first international single, "11 O'Clock Tick Tock." They went on to sell 150 million records, win 22 Grammy Awards (most of any band ever), and performed in the highest grossing concert tour in history .