Addison Rae is living life in Los Angeles these days, but she worked hard to get there and it wasn’t all easy. The TikTok star opened up about the pushback he faced in the latest episode of his podcast, “Mommy Knows Best,” and honestly, the story will probably surprise you.
To kick off the episode, Addison told the story of trying out for the Louisiana State University dance team known as the Tiger Girls. Before blowing up on TikTok, Addison planned to attend LSU as a freshman this year. So last spring, she went to try out for the team, and she even missed her prom to do it.
“It was kind of a priority thing at the time,” he explained. “Obviously I would have loved to go to prom and never did, but it was very important to me to do this audition and do everything I could to become a Tiger Girl.”
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For Addison, who has danced competitively since she was six or seven years old, joining the Tiger Girls was a dream. So when the first round of cuts happened, it was a big deal. In the end, however, she did not make the team and was devastated.
At the time, Addison and her family trusted her to be part of the team, so when she didn’t, they reconsidered her attending LSU.
“It was really bad for me not to get into this team because I was like, ‘Ugh, that messed up my plans and dreams,’ but luckily I was still in high school at the time, so I still had a lot of time to find out,” he said. . In the end, Addison ended up attending the University of Los Angeles in the fall, although she didn’t stay there for long before dropping out of college and moving to Los Angeles.
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Looking back, the idea of Addison not making a dance team is insane. I mean, now 56 million people follow her on TikTok to watch her dance every day. For Addison, this is all part of the lesson.
“Rejection is a big part of the great life plan,” he said. “Obviously some things are not meant for you or online for your life and then it doesn’t happen and you think it’s the end of the world because rejection sucks and it feels like everything is falling apart,” he said. “But building resilience and being able to bounce back without questioning and understanding that it wasn’t meant for your life, and then something better is yet to come.” The rejection is somehow helpful. “
And although she didn’t know it at the time, something better was coming for Addison Rae, of course.