Even after years of determination and hard work, thousands of people have failed to become a star while some of the most well-known celebrities achieved greatness just by chance and solely due to a stroke of luck. Being present at the right place at the right time, here are some celebrities discovered out of the blue:
15. Harrison Ford
Fed up from making ends meet as a carpenter, Harrison Ford made his goal of establishing himself as an actor only to have minor roles in television shows and a few uncredited roles in movies.
Once hired by director George Lucas to read the lines for the actors auditioning for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the film-maker was convinced that Ford would be a perfect asset to the film and awarded him the lead role of Han Solo.
With more than 50 movies under his belt, Ford has starred in numerous blockbuster movies such as Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Air Force One and the installments of Indiana Jones and Star Wars.
14. Vin Diesel
Passionate about becoming a household name in Hollywood, young Vin Diesel directed Multi-Facial, a short film he also starred in as a struggling actor. Accepted for screening in the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, it caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg.
Two years later, Diesel directed and starred in his first ever feature film titled Strays and again impressed the Hollywood director who became motivated to write a special part for him in his then-upcoming film, Saving Private Ryan – launching a promising career.
13. Danny Trejo
While working as a drug counselor, a patient requested to accompany him on the set of Runaway Train. Based on his rugged look, Danny Trejo was immediately cast as a boxer in the movie for a daily pay of $320.
Since then, the actor has enjoyed a fair share of success and fame in more than 250 films and numerous roles in television to the point of being regarded as a “film legend” by several media outlets.
12. Sarah Michelle Gellar
At the tender age of four, Sarah Michelle Gellar was noticed by an agent while eating at a restaurant in Upper Manhattan, New York. Soon appearing in a Burger King commercial in which she criticized McDonald’s, her acting career launched.
Gaining success at a very early point of her career in mainstream film such as I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2, Gellar is best known for her lead role of Buffy Summers in the supernatural television show Buff the Vampire Slayer.
11. Channing Tatum
As a fast rising star, Channing Tatum has big things ahead of him but that would have not been possible if he had decided to keep his job as a male stripper. Moving to Miami with the intention of doing something better with his life, Tatum was soon spotted by a modeling scout on the street.
Quickly accepting the offer, Tatum appeared in print ads for Nautica and The Gap. His modeling work helped him appear in a few television commercials and music videos before eventually establishing him as a fine actor.
10. Evangeline Lilly
Working as a waitress and a flight attendant to pay for her educational endeavors, Evangeline Lilly’s life took a different turn when she was noticed by an agent from Ford Modeling Agency while walking on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia.
Reluctant about becoming an actress, she did not sign but took the agent’s business card. Facing the ever-growing hardships of odd jobs, Lilly finally contacted the agency and began appearing in television commercials before getting her big break of starring in Lost as Kate Austen.
9. Will Smith
With an amazing career as an actor, some people find it hard to believe that Will Smith first started as a rapper in the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. Lost while going to a sporting event, Smith asked for directions from a man in the local parking lot.
Out of all people, he turned out to be producer Benny Medina. Already aware of Smith and his work, Medina discussed with him about starring in a new sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and his career as an acclaimed actor began.
8. Nick Jonas
As one of the most talented boy bands in a long time, Jonas Brothers have continued to make music and steal hearts of millions of fans worldwide. However, things could have been much different if their mother did not took then-6-year-old Nick with her for a haircut.
When someone overheard him singing, he referred Nick to a show business manager and a year later, Nick began to star in Broadway shows. Utilizing his success to begin a career in music, he eventually bagged a recording gig for himself and older brothers Kevin and Joe and that is how The Jonas Brothers were formed.