Handling Rejection – an inspirational essay 6




Handling Rejection is an inspirational essay I’ve written.  It was originally inspired by a heart-wrenching phone call I received from my son after he’d failed to get a part he auditioned for. He’d been called back twice and virtually told the part was his.   He’d reached the end-of-his-rope and was ready to abandon his goal of being a professional actor.


I didn’t want him to give up his dream. I don’t want anyone to give up their dreams (including me).  After writing the essay I realized that it had value for others and have received positive feedback from people I’ve shared it with.

Handling Rejection
is for anyone who has to sell her or himself during a job search, audition or other process, and consequently face rejection. Nothing succeeds but a try. This essay provides encouragement to help you keep trying until you reach your goal. 


The brochure is illustrated and printed on high-quality stock and would make a great gift as part of a basket of encouragement or on its own.


Publishing this brochure is part of my plan to achieve one of my dreams.  I plan to use to proceeds from this brochure and others to fund my children’s picture books and a middle school novel I have written.


Thank you for your support.  The (Watch for upcoming booklets including How to Network, Pushing through Shyness, and Real Issues to Discuss with Teenagers about Sex.)


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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6 thoughts on “Handling Rejection – an inspirational essay

  • Lilly

    Congratulations, what a wonderful achievement and thing to do for your son and now others. We all face rejection and it is very hard to get back up and keep going sometimes. I think the brochure will do well. I will put a link to it on one of my future posts too.

  • Candelaria

    Thank you for leaving such an affirming comment and saying that you will link to it.  Give how popular your blog is that would be wonderful.
    Here a link to Lilly’s blog, Lilly’s Life.  She has wit, warmth, irreverence and directness.   I am crossing my fingers (and toes) that the brochure will sell.
    All the best!

  • Maureen Reen

    I was so moved by the encouraging words in the Handling Rejection essay. It certainly rang true to me when I remember the uncertainty of new endeavors.

  • Candelaria

    Thank you for purchasing my inspirational essay.  I am so glad that the words rang true to you.  Your support means a lot.