Singer Charlie Puth is supporting his fans!
TikTok star Axel Webber recently posted a video reading out a rejection letter from Juilliard to his disappointed fans.
Although the prestigious school thanked him for his audition, they informed him that “As you are already aware, due to our callback process, you are no longer under consideration for admission for Fall 2022.”
A clearly disappointing Webber told his followers that he was going to “have to find a different way to be an actor.”
The video, which has accumulated over one million likes at the time of this writing, eventually caught Puth’s attention.
Charlie Puth Posts Encouraging Message For Webber
HIS EXISTENCE IS ITSELF A HUGE REASON TO SAY INSPIRED ND MOTIVATED. I DON’T EXACTLY KNOW WHAT I DID TO HAVE HIM.
CHARLIE PUTH IS COMING pic.twitter.com/utS3RpSvbC
— MARKS ON MY NECK (@puthwhore) January 11, 2022
Puth commented on Webber’s video, saying, “Hey friend… I also didn’t get into Juilliard… but things ended up being just fine for me. I cried too.”
“But you don’t necessarily need a prestigious school to be considered prestigious at what you do,” he continued. “Some of the best music has been made by people who don’t even play an instrument. And some of the best actors also never went to Juilliard.”
“Also FYI I didn’t get into 3 of the major music schools I wanted to go to and I also got rejected from America’s got talent lol,” he revealed. “You are going to be ok I promise. Please don’t be too hard on yourself. These moments don’t define us.”
To get a comment from the Grammy-nominated singer might have been enough for some, but Puth did not stop there. He also created his own video to share advice for Webber and anyone else who had faced rejection in their career.
— Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) January 4, 2022
Puth captioned the video, “To Axel and anyone that has experienced rejection.”
Puth began by sharing, “Not only did I not get into Juilliard, but I didn’t get into five of these ‘prestigious’ schools that I wanted to get into that I thought would better my career.”
“While I do think school is great, and I did end up going to Berklee [College of Music], a prestigious conservatory for the arts is not going to be the thing that defines your career as an actor,” he continued. “It certainly wasn’t the only and most important thing that made my career happen.”
“We experience rejection every day of our lives,” he added. “And as hard as it is to swallow in the moment, it’s the thing that pushes you further creatively. It pushes my music, and it’s going to push your acting as well.”
“You, Axel, do not need to worry at all,” he shared. “I like your videos a lot, there’s something very special about you. And I like your tiny apartment. You’re gonna be OK bro, I promise.”
Although many famous actors and actresses have graduated from Juilliard, there are many that didn’t. Late last year, “Star Wars” star Adam Driver and “Frozen” voice actor Josh Gad both swapped stories about what it was like to be rejected by Juilliard.
Adam Driver And Josh Gad Commiserate Over Their Juilliard Rejections
While promoting his latest movie, the Ridley Scott-directed “House of Gucci,” Adam Driver recalled how, although he was initially rejected by Juilliard, life has a way of working itself out.
Driver revealed that he “tried to get into Julliard but didn’t so I drove all the way to California to be an actor but that didn’t work out. I wasted all my money fixing my car.”
“I was there 48 hours and had just enough gas money to get back to Indiana,” he continued. “I had made such a fuss about leaving and there I was back again. That’s when I joined the military.”
However, he fractured his sternum after mountain biking with friends shortly before his unit was about to be deployed to Iraq. He was then medically discharged from service.
After attending the University of Indianapolis for a year, he applied to Juilliard again and was accepted. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2009.
Gad also got a Bachelor of Fine Arts, but from the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts in 2003. Although he had initially applied to Juilliard, he said that he was also rejected after his initial audition.
Gad explained, “I failed my audition for Juilliard. It was horrible. I did my modern monologue and there was no response.”
“Then I did my Shakespeare monologue and completely forgot all the lines and what I learned is that you don’t improv Shakespeare,” Gad joked.