Dropping out of high school or college is never a top priority for those broadening their minds. But in the United States, it’s become a major problem. Over 1 million students drop out of high school every year, which equates to around 7,000 dropouts per day. When it comes to making it as a big star, everyone has their own story. The ones that have struggled always tend to have a happy ending. We take a look at 10 stars that managed to become something bigger after dropping out of school.
All the first person on this list had to do was “Believe” in themselves.
While Cher was quite the genius in Montclair College Preparatory School, performing was her calling. The platinum selling artist dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and decided to get acting lessons. The major reason for her leaving school was her dyslexia, which she was diagnosed with as an adult.
9. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey dropped out of Aldershot High School during freshman year in order to take care of his family. Thankfully, his sacrifice was a part of something bigger; the Canadian became one of the most sought after comedic actors in the ’90s with roles on In Living Color, Liar Liar, and The Cable Guy.
8. P. Diddy
At the age of 19, P. Diddy dropped out out of Howard University to become an intern at Uptown Records. His time at the record label was short-lived; he was fired after a confrontation with label owner Andre Harrell. Shortly after getting the boot, P. Diddy started Bad Boy Entertainment and signed The Notorious B.I.G. 20 years later, the music star has a net worth of $750 million.
Another fellow rapper also managed to make it big after leaving school.
High school just wasn’t in the card for Eminem. The platinum selling rapper dropped out of Lincoln High School after having to repeat the ninth grade three times due to poor grades. While he made it out just fine later on in life, he did manage to get his GED.
6. Quentin Tarantino
When he was only 14, Quentin Tarantino wrote his first screenplay, and the desire to do more with his passion led him to drop out of Narbonne High School and take acting lessons at James Best Theatre Company. While he was waiting for his opportunity to shine, the director worked jobs at an adult film theater and a video store.