Tara's Take: Perseverance

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

You can never dream too big...Stories of perseverance paying off.

You can never dream too big...

On Charlottesville Tonight I shared with you the story of Greyson Chance... a 13 year-old singer and musician who's rendition of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi", which he performed at his 6th grade talent show, went viral on YouTube. Since posting the video in April, he's gotten personal phone calls from Miss Gaga herself and inspired Ellen DeGeneres to create her own record label just so she could sign him. His first single is out in stores now and he's about to embark on a 21 city tour with Disney Darling, Miranda Cosgrove. Perseverance pays!

You don't have to tell that to "Glee" star, Heather Morris. The dancing diva auditioned for Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance and was cut right before the Top 20 as she watched her best friend make it through. Imagine what a let-down that must have been and how she may have doubted her goal of becoming a performer. She ended up making some good connections and joined Beyonce on tour as a back up dancer. She was asked to teach the Glee cast members the choreography of Beyonce's hit "Single Ladies" when her penchant for one-liners impressed the right producer and she was cast as the lovable, ditsy cheerleader, Brittany. Season 2 of SYTYCD may not have ended her way, but Season 2 of Glee has seen her character break out as one of the most popular on the show.

Hillary Scott, of the Grammy-award winning country music trio Lady Antebellum,  tried out for American Idol twice and never made it past the first round.

Oprah Winfrey was born into poverty to a teenage single mother. Against the odds, she earned a full scholarship to college and eventually landed a job in Chicago hosting a low-rated half-hour morning talk show. Within months after Winfrey took over, the show went from last place in the ratings to the highest rated talk show in Chicago... We all know how she's doing now.

Here's another great example of perseverance from a man who just hung up his suspenders after 50 years in broadcast: Larry King

Here' s my little story of perseverance: When I was 21 years old and decided, on a whim, to try my hand at pageants, I entered a local competition with only 6 girls in it. At the end of the show, the announcers called out 3 runners up and a winner... and I was left standing. One of only 2 girls who didn't even place. Fast forward 3 years, and I was on the Miss America stage as Miss Virginia 2008. After almost giving up on the potential to become a broadcaster, I caught the eye of the right people during my year and here I sit, a news anchor at CBS19.

Feel free to share your inspirational stories of perseverance in the comments section.

Somebody's got to make it... why not you?

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