A college degree does not make you a Hollywood star, owner of an MNC or a statesman. Yes, it does help to some extent but life offers a level-playing field, and it’s up to us what we do on it. How we choose to educate and refine ourselves depends on our choices. Examples of college dropouts who’ve made it big in this competitive world serve as great inspiration for people who’re either in the wrong profession or are unable to do what they dream about. Hollywood needs people who live and breathe films, not academicians. And, therefore, a college degree will more or less prove to be useless if there is no real talent. Listed below are top 10 college dropouts how are now championing Hollywood.
10. Eric Stoltz:
A famous actor and producer, Eric Stoltz dropped out of the University of Southern California in his initial years in college. He then joined an acting company in Scotland where he lived for some time. After returning to New York, Stoltz tried his luck in Hollywood. Since then he has been a part of numerous ventures and renowned for his role of Rocky Dennis in the film ‘Mask’.
9. Claire Danes:
She is a prominent actress on TV, films and stage. Known for her roles in ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘My So-Called Life’, Claire Catherine Danes is a college dropout who left her studies to pursue a career in cinema. She was a Psychology student at the prestigious Yale University for two years before she found that her interest lay in films.
8. Gwyneth Paltrow:
Paltrow was majoring in Art History at the University of California in Santa Barbara when she decided to drop her academic plans to pursue a career in acting. She first began to act in plays at an early age but movies were always her big dream. Her performance in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was a landmark one in her career attesting her decision as accurate.
7. Reese Witherspoon:
A successful film actress, Reese Witherspoon rose to glory with her role in the critically acclaimed ‘Election’ for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She was majoring in English Literature at Stanford University when she decided to leave her education for acting after just a year in college.
6. Sandra Bullock:
Known today as a highly successful actress, Sandra Bullock dropped out of the East Caroline University. Although she was pursuing a degree in drama, which would have anyhow landed her a role, her love for movies dragged her to Hollywood. A Golden Globe and Academy Award winner, Sandra was declared as the highest paid actress in 2012.
5. Ben Affleck:
The famous actor, who has a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and two Academy Awards for his films, quit his college education for a career in Hollywood. He dropped out of the University of Vermont immediately after the end of the first semester and joined Occidental College in search for a better future. However, destiny had something different and he found himself in Hollywood with Matt Damon. Remember ‘Good Will Hunting’?
4. Sharon Stone:
The gorgeous actress and a famous fashion model, Sharon Stone received international fame with her erotic role in ‘Basic Instinct’. The Golden Globe winner is an Edinboro State University dropout. She started her acting career with a cameo in ‘Stardust Memories’ and went on to become one of the most admired actresses in American cinema.
3. Matt Damon:
He is one of the most famous examples of people who dropped from Harvard University. An English major student at the university, Damon gave up his academic career for his love of acting. There is no need to describe his career in Hollywood as his is an ongoing stupendous inning. The Academy Award winner has acted in numerous movies since then and made a true mark for himself in the industry quite like his best friend Ben Affleck.
2. Sean Penn:
The famous actor, screen writer, producer who also took to direction for a short while, Sean Penn dropped out from the Santa Monica College where he was studying Auto Mechanics and Speech. A two time Academy Award and a Golden Globe winner, Sean Penn quit his college studies to try his acting skills in Hollywood. The awards are testimony to his success.
1. Brad Pitt:
One of the most famous Hollywood actors and film producers, Brad Pitt re-defined Hollywood with his acting style. A Golden Globe winner, Pitt quit Missouri Journalism School just before graduation. He could not resist himself from driving away to New York to begin his acting career and the rest, as we know, is history.