Before Brie Larson was an Oscar-winning actress, she supported herself through daunting Hollywood audition after daunting Hollywood audition with a gig that’s actually pretty cool. On Friday, Larson put up a #FBF Instagram post showing her bending over a turntable and spinning records (yep, actual vinyl!)—and wrote an inspiring, encouraging caption to go along with it.
“I used to DJ. It was the ‘real’ job that floated me while I auditioned for the movies I never got. Even during the filming of Short Term 12 I spun records at magazine parties and hotel bars on weekends because I couldn’t survive off of SAG minimum. I loved rare foreign covers of Beatles songs, Ye-Ye girls, and soul. Drunk dudes would request trap, and I’d tell them, ‘Sorry I only play vinyl.’ I was hustling, but I got people dancing and hung with my other DJ friends. I’m grateful for where I am now, but want to give a toast to the life I lived before. To all the dreamers with day jobs, I see you, don’t give up. There is beauty in your journey.”
(TBH, it’s not exactly surprising that she was so cool of a DJ that she only played vinyl.)
Check out her post below:
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of celebrities’ persevering their way to success: Chrissy Metz had a total of 81 cents in her bank account when she booked This Is Us. It just goes to show that successful people have had rough patches and had to wait for their big break too—something that a lot of us have to hustle for, no matter what exactly our own version of a “big break” is. But at least we can all take some encouragement from Larson’s story: “There is beauty in the journey.”
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