While he was earning just $7.50 an hour working at a Waffle House in Brooklyn, Angus Cloud had a lot more in his future. He was doing little more than walking down the street when a talent scout saw him and struck up a conversation. Cloud would eventually find himself moving to Hollywood, where he ended up getting the role of Fezco in the drama series “Euphoria.”
He was a classmate of his co-star, Zendaya, at the Oakland School for the Arts, where he studied Production Design. His film debut came in 2021, in the skate movie “North Hollywood.”
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.
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.
Naomi Campbell Was Just Chilling With Her Homies
Random chance plays into a lot of these discoveries, and that's best exemplified by Naomi Campbell's story. She was hanging out with her friends during a warm April afternoon when a Pennington Models scout suddenly came up to her and asked Campbell if she'd ever thought about modeling. Naomi was surprised and excited.
The woman was Beth Boldt, the head of the Synchro agency. Naomi's mother wasn't thrilled with the idea. After a test photo shoot, Naomi's mother allowed the modeling career to begin, as long as it didn't interfere with Campbell's schooling.
Lana Turner Was Playing Hooky
Most of the time there's no good reason to skip class. You're better off staying in school and learning about algebra or the civil war. Unless you're famous star Lana Turner, who decided she was too cool for school one day at the age of sixteen.
She took off and ended up at the soda fountain, enjoying a treat, but someone spotted her – Billy Wilkerson, a publisher for “Hollywood Reporter.” Lana Turner was already beautiful, and Wilkerson knew he had something great. Thus, Turner's rise to stardom began, all because she didn't want to have to sit in class.