Sharlto Copley’s “Discovery” came while he was already working in the entertainment industry. He was running a small production company. Then, a friend of his, writer and director Neill Blomkamp, asked him for a favor — to play a small role in a short test film — that test film and role blossomed into the lead role of the Oscar-nominated film “District 9.”
From there, Copley got one of the lead roles in the A-Team film, “Elysium,” “Chappie,” and more. We guess the lesson to take away here is to be friends with Hollywood writers and directors. It can’t hurt your chances, after all.
Justin Bieber Started Out on the Tubes
Everybody knows that the Biebs got his start young, but it turns out it was kind of a mistake. Music manager Scooter Braun was searching for a different artist on YouTube when he clicked on one of Justin's videos by accident.
Braun was struck by the young man's evident talent and started calling all the school districts in Ontario. This continued until Justin Bieber's mom called him trying to get him to stop. Braun then managed to convince both Biebers to get on a plane and visit him. It was the first plane either of them had ridden.
Norman Reedus Must Be One Charming Loudmouth
With a combination of scruffy, worn-out looks and a dose of charm, Norman Reedus seems to straddle the line between villain and hero in every project he's in. This is more or less how he was discovered, too, since his big break came when a producer went to an industry party. Reedus was there, and he was drunk and shouting at everyone.
However, he was doing it in such a charming, stylish way, that the producer pretty much offered him a role in a play immediately. It would take a while before he was killing zombies, but he was on the path.
Angie Harmon Owes It to the Hoff
Angie Harmon's discovery story almost sounds like it could be a joke. She, at the time a model and fledgling actress, got on a plane to discover she was sitting next to none other than David Hasselhoff.
During the plane ride, she ended up impressing him so he offered her the lead role in the “Baywatch” spin-off series, “Baywatch Nights.” While that show didn't exactly break into the atmosphere, Harmon was impressive enough to become one of the main characters on “Law & Order."
Channing Tatum Was... Entertaining
Tatum had the chance to head to college on a football scholarship, but he chose a somewhat different career path. He danced as a part of a male-only show in Tampa, going around to different clubs.
It was at one of those clubs, where someone Tatum described as a “sketchy guy” suggested he pursue a career in modeling. He got a part in a Pepsi ad, and from there he managed to get one of the leading roles in the 2006 movie “Step Up.” Women all around the world have this sketchy guy to thank.