While he lived in Buffalo, David Boreanaz was struggling. He only had a single acting role to his name (Kelly’s date in “Married … With Children”) and didn’t know what else to do. Then, he walked his dog past a neighbor’s house. That neighbor happened to know producers who worked on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and suggested him for the important role of Angel.
Boreanaz’s fortunes flipped almost right away, making him a hunk and an actor someone could rely on. This led to him getting one of the lead parts in “Bones,” which practically made him a household name.
Will Smith Wasn't Cutting It as a Rapper
At first, he wanted to be a rapper. His DJ name was The Fresh Prince, but his early albums weren't big successes. Smith went to The Arsenio Hall Show, hoping to give his career a boost, and there he met Benny Medina.
Medina knew of Smith and had an idea for a show inspired by his life. He introduced Smith to the show's producer, and Smith was able to get the role that made him a household name. From there it was on to critically acclaimed films that made him one of the biggest stars in the world.
Adrienne Houghton Sang for the Lord
Singers have to be heard to be discovered – most of the time, anyway – which means that if you want to be discovered, you have to belt it. That's what happened to Adrienne Houghton, who was doing little more than singing in her church choir when someone contacted the church, asking for possible backup singers.
That person was the Latin sensation Ricky Martin, who needed some singers to perform with him that evening. Houghton was chosen, and from there she started her rise to stardom.
Adriana Lima Didn't Know She Was Shopping for Destiny
It's kind of a shame that the shopping malls are disappearing as lots of famous people got discovered there. That collection includes famous Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, who was doing a bit of shopping of her own when she was thirteen.
A talent scout approached her, and from there she was part of the modeling world. She won Ford's Supermodel of Brazil competition two years later (at fifteen!) and was on the way up from there. She retired from lingerie after the 2018 Victoria's Secret runway show, but she's still modeling.
Harrison Ford Probably Made Some Nice Tables
Ford moved to Hollywood early, but he was unable to find much success. He taught himself to be a carpenter in order to support his family, and he landed a gig as a movie carpenter with “American Graffiti,” which was directed by None other than George Lucas.
Later on, Lucas was casting for his next movie, a space opera, and he saw Ford working as a carpenter at one of the film studios nearby. Lucas asked Ford to audition for the role of Han Solo, and the rest is Star Wars history. It also meant the end of Ford's carpentry career.