Many of us grew up listening to Madonna on the radio and many remember when she first blew onto the scene. She’s a trailblazer, a pop icon, and she was also a failure.
Madonna graduated from high school in Michigan and went on to attend the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She had to convince her father to allow her to take ballet lessons. Her ballet teacher convinced her to drop out of college and pursue a career in dance. She then relocated to New York City and worked as a Dunkin’ Donuts waitress, dancing with modern troupes and scraping to get by.
She had this to say of her big move:
“It was the first time I’d ever taken a plane, the first time I’d ever gotten a taxi cab. I came here with $35 in my pocket. It was the bravest thing I’d ever done.”
After some successful collaborations, Madonna decided to strike out on her own and recorded demos. She sent one of these to Millennium Records President Jeremy Ienner who rejected her, stating that he would “pass for now.” Even Madonna succeeded after rejection!