10 Hollywood Success Stories Against All Odds

Added by Andrew Tyson on Oct 18, 2016
Hollywood Success Stories

Hollywood can eat talent up and spit it right back out. It’s hard to get a break, and even harder to stay relevant. The struggle to get to Hollywood can be difficult, and some have faced greater challenges than others. While these actors, writers, and directors have had to battle great odds to become successes, those battles have given them the strength to stay relevant in a town where fame is extremely fleeting.

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Jim Carrey

Career: Actor

In Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd Christmas spends some quality time in a van with his buddy Harry. This location must have seemed somewhat auspicious for Jim Carrey, who as a child lived out of a van with his parents. After his father lost his job, Carrey had to quit high school to help support his family, taking odd jobs as a janitor. To help his family survive, and to care for his chronically ill mother, Carrey had to give up dreams of ever finishing high school. On top of this, he has had to battle depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder throughout his career. With all of these hurdles, Carrey has still managed to become one of the most recognizable and bankable comedians in the movie business.


Cesar Millan

Career: Dog trainer, host of "The Dog Whisperer" TV series

Born into poverty in Mexico, Millan grew up on his family’s Sinaloa farm. Bullied due to his affinity for spending time with dogs, Millan as a kid already had an idea what he wanted to do for a living. At age 21 he crossed into the United States illegally, unable to speak any English and without a visa. He had no family or job waiting for him, and he crossed with only the clothes on his back and a goal.

After arriving in the United States, he lived on the streets for a while but eventually was able to get a job, and then room and board, at a dog grooming parlor. From there, he worked his way up, building a client list and connecting with celebrities, to the point where he is now a Hollywood star.

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