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Can You Become An Actor Without Going To School? These Stars Did!

Going to acting school can be a great investment in your career, but it can often come with its own set of problems. Long hours and a hefty investment that can often require student loans can take some of the luster off of going to school for performing. But is it possible to become famous without going to acting school? Of course! These five stars prove that you don’t need a degree to be a star.

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Jim Carrey

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This master comedian pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become a household name. As a boy in Canada, his family couldn’t afford to send him to college. Instead, Jim Carrey honed his craft in the local comedy clubs in Toronto. After impressing his idol Rodney Dangerfield, Carrey’s career skyrocketed, and he ended up on Saturday Night Live and in films like Bruce Almighty and The Truman Show.

Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise’s life seemed a little aimless before he became famous. His parents divorced when he was in sixth grade, and he flirted with becoming a Catholic priest at a seminary. While living in New York, he tried out for a film called Taps. While he only had three lines, the producers loved his natural charisma so much that he decided to become a full time performer. The rest is history!

Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz never intended to become a famous actor. She began modeling at the age of 16, and modeled for companies all over the world, including a months-long stint in Australia. At her modeling agent’s suggestion, she auditioned for the hit film The Mask, even though she had no traditional acting training. She got the part, and has since become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars!

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Eddie Murphy

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Eddie Murphy says he developed his sense of humor while he and his brother lived in a foster home when he was eight years old. Their mother was suffering from tuberculosis and their father died when he was very young. Escaping into the world of television comedy, Murphy knew that he wanted to be just like his idols when he grew up. After a chance audition for SNL in the early 80’s, he joined their ranks as one of the world’s highest-grossing comedians.

Brad Pitt

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This Fight Club superstar wasn’t always one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. In fact, when he first came to L.A., he only had $225 to his name! But by keeping up the hustle, Brad Pitt scored roles on Growing Pains and Thirtysomething, and eventually a breakout role in the film Thelma and Louise.

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So don’t worry if acting school isn’t an option at the moment. There are hundreds of ways to break into the industry! Don’t forget to use ClaimFame’s auditions and casting calls to get a leg up on the competition.

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