There is no one more powerful than a person fearlessly going after their biggest dreams – and succeeding. Unfortunately, when bullies see someone other than themselves accomplishing big things, they have a hard time being happy for them – and instead turn to making fun of their efforts. This is a story actor Sean Ryan Fox knows from experience. The star may be part of the mega-hit Nickelodeon series Henry Danger now, but when he was first starting out acting, he said he was made fun of for being on another "baby" show.
In an interview with YSB Now, the actor shared that he was teased for scoring a role on a babyish television series – a part he's still proud of!
"I switched schools [when I was younger] and it wasn't until the second school until I actually started auditioning," he shared. "A lot of kids were confused, and over time once they learned about it, a lot of kids did get jealous, and I was bullied at that school."
"I think, because I booked Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is a kids show? You know, it's for little kids, like 3-year-olds. And I would be made fun of for doing that job," Sean explained. "But to me, it was like, 'I'm pursuing my dream, it's something I want to do.' If they're going to take the time out their day to pick on me for that, then I'm better than them at that point."
Hey, no shade to Jake and the Neverland Pirates – it's a totally fun series, and many of our fave celebs like Madison Pettis, Cameron Boyce, and Ariel Winter had all been part of the show. Nothing wrong with any of their careers, is there?
Luckily, Sean could kind of put himself in the shoes of the bullies, and understood how to not be hurt by their comments. He even offered some helpful advice for anyone going through a similar situation.
"You've just got to think, you know, I don't want to say you're better than them, because you know, but really, if they're going to take the time out of their day to pick on you, then you are better than them at that point," he said. "You're like, 'Hey, I'm actually here pursuing my career and you're sitting there trying to make fun of me.'"
Everyone is in a different place in their own journey, so it's never okay to make fun of their accomplishments. Plus, Sean is proof that pursuing any opportunities that come your way only help further your mission!