Success can look like many things. For Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, it definitely wasn’t working the nine-to-five job of being an accountant.
On April 12, Liu took to Instagram to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his being fired from the accounting firm, Deloitte.
“Ten years ago to the day, I was [led] into my managing partner’s office at Deloitte and told that they were terminating my employment effective immediately,” he wrote. “Nobody moved, offered a whisper of encouragement or even looked in my direction. I fought back tears of humiliation, grabbed my things, and never looked back.”
Liu reflected on the sense of failure he felt, especially after “years of schooling, gifted programs, trying to live up to my parents’ expectations.”
“10 years ago I thought my life was over. I had wasted countless time and money that my family had invested in me,” he said.
But being laid off was also the stepping stone to his future success in Hollywood. After realising that accounting was not for him, he decided on a radical career switch. He spent years “running around like a headless chicken” trying to break into the acting industry, as well as investing his life savings into the often unrewarding endeavour of becoming an actor.