Show business can be pretty intense. With so much demand and the surge of celebrities, there is not an easy way to become successful. The famous Celebs today were not born into this industry. On the contrary, they have been discovered, and some of the ways they did are quite interesting and even funny.
Take a look at our list of the top 21 amazing ways of how your favourite celebrities were discovered.
1. Vin Diesel
We all know him from the Fast and Furious franchise, but Vin Diesel was discovered in a very unusual and unexpected way. A play director caught him and his friends while they were breaking into a theater. Believe it or not, she cast them in her upcoming production. Giving each of them $20 and a copy of the script of Dinosaur Door, she opened the door for an unexpected job turn.
2. Gisele Bundchen
The most famous model in the world Gisele Bundchen always knew she would pursue a career in modeling. Coming from the small town of Horizontina, she signs up for a modeling course just to get a free trip to Sao Paulo. She was 13 years old and by then, she had not seen a fashion magazine. Being on that trip and getting some food at Mcdonalds' was the moment when she was scouted by a modeling agent.
3. Rosario Dawson
So unexpected, the movie career of Rosario Dawson started back when she was only 15 years old. While sitting on the porch, just watching a commercial being shot just in front of her house, the screenwriter and the director approached her, asking her if she wanted to be a part of their next movie. It later appeared that the role she got was like written for her, without them knowing her at all.
4. Anya Taylor-Joy
The Queen's Gambit star has gained quite popularity after this successful show. Although that was not her debut, she first started into the modeling world. While walking her dog out on the street one day, she was seen by the Storm Model Management scout Sarah Doukas, who discovered Kate Moss too.
5. Mandy Moore
Those who are fans of “This Is Us" TV show have most certainly seen how good Mandy Moore sings. Her singing skills are not something new, although the movie career quite is. Back when she was only 13 years old, she was overheard by a FedEx delivery driver. He asked for her demo and later sent it to his friends at Epic Records. That led to her first record deal.
6. Nick Jonas
The Jonas brothers would not be famous musicians if their mom did not take Nick Jonas to the hair salon. He was only 6 then when someone at the salon overheard him singing. They approached the mom with a manager's card. He then went to become a child Broadway star. He signed his first record deal at age of 11.
7. Jason Statham
Another member of the "Fast & Furious" franchise who did not start as an actor is Jason Statham. In his younger years, he made his living from selling knockoff jewelry on the street corners of London. After some time, he was discovered by a modeling agent that put him in contact with director Guy Ritchie. As a mastermind Ritchie is, he wrote Statham a part that would present him as a black market jewelry hawker. That was his way in the movie industry.
8. Toni Braxton
Singing in the shower might be a hobby, but singing at a gas station might get you fame and fortune. Well, incredible as it sounds, Tony Braxton was spotted for her singing skills while pumping gas on the gas station. Her voice caught the ears of the songwriter Bill Pettaway who overheard her. Not only did he help her land a record deal with Arista records, but he also helped her sisters.
9. Katherine Heigl
Katrine Heigl has her aunt to thank her for her career in the movie industry. When she was only a little 9 year old girl, her aunt invented a hair care product. She used her niece as a model. Not only she did promote her product, but she sent the photos to various New York modeling agencies. Heigl was signed as a child model and commercial actor before going to the big screen.
10. Chris Pratt
The "Jurassic Park" megastar wanted to be an actor and pursue a career in the movie industry. But, while waiting for that to happen, he was waiting tables in Maui. One day, while on his day job, he was spotted by a director who thought Pratt was cute, asked whether he acted, and arranged for him to get to LA. Since then, he never came back and worked on his extraordinary career.
11. Jennifer Lawrence
J.Law’s talent was so evident that she was stopped on the street by a talent agent on the street in New York. After the awkward meet, she went into the agency’s offices and did a read for a commercial. They were so impressed that even her mother could not believe it.
12. Sofia Vergara
A relaxing day at the beach with her parents turned out to be a life-changing and career-defining moment for 17 years old Sofia Vergara. A scout appeared to be on the same beach as she was, and ask her whether he could take a Polaroid of her. Later the same year, Vergara scored her first deal commercial with Pepsi.
13. Ashton Kutcher
Today, Aston Kutcher might be one of the most adored actors by women.. However, he originally did not have that idea in mind. He was majoring in engineering at the University of Iowa. While being at a bar, he was scouted by a recruiter who encouraged him to try himself out with modeling. Not only did he enter the modeling competition, he even won it. From then onwards, many acting opportunities opened for him.
14. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was discovered in a pretty unusual way. When she was 18 years old, she had the misfortune of having her paycheck being rejected. She was yelling at the bank teller that if that check was not cashed out, she would not have a place to sleep that night. While the drama was happening, a talent agent was standing in the same line and ended up giving her a business card.
15. Channing Tatum
After finishing high school, Channing Tatum received a job opportunity. Instead of going to college on a football scholarship, he danced in a club in Tampa. A guy saw him dancing and suggested he go with a modeling career. With that in mind, he booked a Pepsi ad, which lead him to the "Step Up" movie, with world-wide popularity.
16. Johnny Deep
Deep's first job was selling ballpoint pens over the phone. After that, he became a musician, and the director Glen Lants spotted him offering him a film debut in "The Nightmare on Elm Street".
17. Harrison Ford
Ford moved to Hollywood with the idea of becoming an actor. But, he first worked as a carpenter. That job lead him to build a door at the Star Wars studio, where he asked to audition and got the part of Han Solo.
18. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar was only 4 years old when she was approached by an agent. Only one week later, she appeared on a TV Show. After that, she practiced and landed her big role in the drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
19. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey could have easily gotten a job as an oil tycoon because of his father, but he was spotted by a producer in an Austin bar. He got a role in a comedy movie and from then onwards only landed remarkable roles.
20. Alexis Bledel
The “Gilmore Girls” star did not always want to be an actress. Her desire was to become a model, and thanks to a talent agent spotting her at a shopping mall, she landed modeling jobs that paid her NYU tuition. Her first acting job was after the auditioning for “Gilmore Girls”.
21. Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes thought she would end up working in marketing until one of her friends wanted to make her a model. A talent agent picked up her photos in the portfolio and opened the doors to the fame of the movie world.
This should serve you as a reminder to never lose hope. If you have a dream, believe in it and be open to new opportunities. Your lucky break could be around the corner.