Cameron was born and raised in California. During her salad days, she was repeatedly approached by smooth talking guys who inquired if she wanted to become a model and promised help. But she was put off by their overtures and politely refused.
One day, at a Hollywood party in L.A, a photographer by the name Jeff Dunas asked her what agency she was with. When she told him she hadn't understood his question, he asked again, "You're a model, aren't you?" He gave her his business card and requested that she think it over and that if she decides to become a model, that she ask her parents to give him a call.
Cameron consulted with her parents and decided to become a model with an agency named Elite. For almost four years, she enjoyed traveling to different countries on modelling assignments. Then, one day, her modelling agency sent her to audition for a film assignment. The film was The Mask and the producers were looking for the main actress. Cameron auditioned and won the part.
While at school, Brad briefly toyed with the idea of acting in films, but like we all do when we dream up great ideas, he quickly abandoned it after he had derived the maximum amusement from it. Two weeks before graduating, when he saw that all his friends had signed up for jobs and he hadn't, his fascination for being an actor reared its head again. This time, he said to himself, "Hell, why not? Let's try it."
So, just for the hell of it, he loaded up his truck and with $325 in all, set off on a drive from Missouri to Hollywood chasing the scent of his whim.
When he made his final stop at Burbank, he had $225 left. Being hungry, he walked into a McDonalds. While waiting for his order to arrive, he saw an advertisement in a local newspaper for work as an extra in a movie. He paid the required $25, auditioned and got the part by the Friday.
For the next 4 years, he continued auditioning for and winning small roles as an extra or in television productions. To support himself financially, Brad took up odd jobs such as waiting tables at restaurants, being a chauffeur to strippers, and dressing up as a clown to sell some knick-knack.
Today, Brad is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood.
If you ever find yourself in the grip of a desire to be or do something, before you dismiss the idea, remember to ask yourself, "Why not?" You'll be amazed to find that there is no real obstacle standing in your way.
James Stewart. And this guy too never had any formal training in acting. Yeah, he never went to any acting school or took any acting classes. He just started acting. Just like that.
Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp’s parents were gypsies. They moved into and out of more than 20 houses before Johnny was 12 years old.
When he was 12, he shoplifted a chord book, learnt to play the guitar and joined a music band. He moved from Florida to California to become a musician.
He and his fellow bandsmen lived hand-to-mouth. To support his habit of being a musician, Johnny took up his first job as a telemarketer selling ink pens over the phone. He jokingly refers to this as “his first acting job.”
While Johnny was selling ink pens to irate customers over the phone, his friend Nicolas Cage asked Johnny to meet his agent. Johnny met the agent and auditioned for the role of Glen Lantz for A Nightmare on Elm Street. He got the part.
And that’s how he got into the movies. Johnny Depp never went to any acting school.
Eddie Murphy. Different people have different reactions to extreme pain and distress. It turns some people into stand-up comedians. That is what it did to Eddie Murphy.
Eddie’s parents divorced when he was 3 years old. Immediately afterwards, his mother got hospitalized for tuberculosis. Eddie and his brother were sent to foster care and lived there for over a year. That wasn’t such a great experience for a little child, to put it gently.
For young Eddie, watching television became the escape, the runaway from reality. He was an unruly, unstudious child who watched television most of the time, did different voice characters, and cracked jokes. He knew it in himself at that tender age that he wanted to be in the show business.
He started performing as a stand-up comedian when he was studying in the 8th grade in school. His school brief-case/bag had no books but his notes and stand-up comic scripts that he wrote.
When he was only 3 months into college, he auditioned for and got selected by the Saturday Night Live (SNL) team. Eddie Murphy played several parts in the show. Saturday Night Live aired 67 episodes between 1980 and 1984.
By the time Eddie was 20 years old, he was a famous stand-up comic and a household name because of his TV appearances. During 1981, his agent, a female, was dating the director of a movie called 48 Hours that was going to be made. She referred Eddie to her director boyfriend, who agreed to try him out. 48 Hours was a huge success, and so was Eddie Murphy.
In later years, he was to team up with the SNL team to do many of his most famous films such as Trading Places, Coming to America, Nutty Professor, The Klumps and Beverly Hills Cop III.
That was how Eddie Murphy got his first movie. Eddie Murphy never saw the insides of any acting school.
Drew Barrymore. Drew Barrymore's parents separated when she was a babe in her mother's arms. Her mum, a promising but not yet established actress took Drew to the shoots with her. Little Drew got her first acting assignment when she was 11 months old. From then on, her mum encouraged her to act in films.
Separation played a significant part in shaping drew's psychological make-up. First, the separation of her parents and then separation from her friends after every shooting schedule. She confesses that even after all these years, she hasn't been able to come to terms with the fact that people come for some time into our lives and then they go.
Not astonishingly at all, pain is what shapes great artists. All good actors draw from their painful experiences.
Drew Barrymore never went to an acting school.